Registration Guidelines

Click here to download a printable version of the OVS Victim Service Academy Trainings Registration Guidelines.

General Information


To help address the underlying needs of crime victims, the New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) and the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz (IDMH) have partnered to offer Victim Service Academy Trainings to victim service professionals from OVS-funded organizations.


Each training cohort will focus on providing entry-level victim advocates with basic principles of trauma-informed care, including how to support others and themselves. Course topics will also focus on adapting to the needs of different victim populations, and on providing culturally competent care that takes into consideration the worldviews and lived experiences of those served. Full Academy training details, including a downloadable course catalog, can be found on this website.


Registration Information


Registration for Victim Service Academy Trainings is limited to entry-level victim advocates from OVS-funded organizations and space is limited to 80 participants per 3-day cohort. Registration is processed online and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee for participation is $175.00 per participant and will cover course materials and administrative expenses.


Location and Lodging


The spring and summer 2022 Victim Service Academy Training cohorts will be held on the SUNY New Paltz campus in New Paltz, NY. Participants are responsible for securing their own transportation and lodging for this event. Visit the Logistics page for more information, including conveniently located lodging recommendations.




Information about meals covered during the OVS Victim Service Academy Training can be found on the Agenda page. Dietary restrictions must be noted at the time of registration.


Participant Requirements


As the Victim Service Academy Training is a limited-capacity event, participants will be required to be present for all academy training days. Certificates of completion will only be given to those present for all academy activities.


Health and Safety


Health and safety measures for this event are subject to change based on the most recent and available guidance, and attendees will be required to follow all of New York State’s public health recommendations in place at the time of the event. Should the format of the event be changed to a virtual event, no refunds will be given.

Cancelation Policy


Academy Training cancelations will only be permitted until 14 calendar days prior to the first day of the cohort. Cancelations made within 14 days of the first day of the cohort are non-refundable. Substitutions are not allowed as registrants who have been waitlisted will be given preference in filling any cancelation vacancy. Room reservations are subject to terms outlined by the hotel booked. OVS is not responsible for rooms booked and left unused in the event of a cancelation.


Reasonable Accommodations


If you require specific accommodations to fully participate in this event, this information must be submitted according to the OVS Reasonable Accommodation guidelines at least 10 business days before the start of the event.


For more information or if you have questions about the registration process, please email or call (518) 485-0637. For information on whether registration, lodging and transportation costs are reimbursable under your specific grant, please reach out to your OVS Contract Manager.