Curriculum

The course curriculum is both broad and rigorous, covering over 25 topics. The Academy focuses on both interpersonal and professional development.  The development of interpersonal skills includes communication, empathy, professional advocacy, self-care and understanding traumatic reactions in the brain. Experts in their field also present on the latest research, legislation, and practical resources to provide continuing professional development on a variety of crimes and other relevant issues. Topics include: maltreatment of children, sexual assault, human trafficking, immigration, technology facilitated crimes, elder abuse and financial crimes and coordinated community response, to name a few.

NEVAA is offered as a certificate program.  Upon successful completion of the academy students are eligible for 40 hours of continuing law enforcement units (CLEUs) or continuing education units (CEUs) for many of the disciplines involved in the academy.  Those interested in academic credit may also take NEVAA for 3 undergraduate course credits through Creighton University or University of Nebraska at Kearney with proper registration, completion of the Academy and any additional course requirements.  Creighton University tuition is reduced to UNK’s tuition rate.

NEVAA is a pre-approved “A” level training with the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) for those who are interested in national victim advocate accreditation. More information can be found on their website at http://www.trynova.org/help-crime-victim/nacp/.

The 2017 Academy dates: July 24-July 28, 2017

NEVAA’s course curriculum:

NEVAA 2017                                                                                                                 DAY ONE- Monday, July 24, 2017

  • 7:00 a.m.  Registration begins!
  • 7:00-8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:30 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction
  • 8:30-10:00 a.m.  Advocacy
  • 10:00-10:05 a.m.  BREAK
  • 10:05-11:20 a.m.  Communication Skills
  • 11:20 a.m.-12:05 p.m.  LUNCH
  • 12:05-1:20 p.m.  Immigration
  • 1:20-1:30 p.m.  BREAK
  • 1:30-3:00 p.m.  Human Trafficking
  • 3:00-3:10 p.m.  BREAK
  • 3:10-5:10 p.m.  Empathy
  • 5:10-5:30 p.m.  WRAP UP

DAY TWO- Tuesday, July 25, 2017

  • 7:00-8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:15 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction
  • 8:15-9:15 a.m.  Domestic/Dating Violence
  • 9:15-9:20 a.m.  BREAK
  • 9:20-10:20 a.m. Self-Care for Helping Professionals
  • 10:20-10:25 p.m. BREAK
  • 10:25 a.m.-11:55 p.m. Technology-Facilitated Crime
  • 11:55-12:45 p.m.  LUNCH
  • 12:45-2:15 p.m.  Understanding Trauma
  • 2:15-2:20 p.m.  BREAK
  • 2:20-3:20 p.m.  Stalking
  • 3:20-3:30 p.m.  BREAK
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m.  Justice Systems Flowchart & Labyrinth Activity
  • 5:00-5:30  WRAP UP

DAY THREE- Wednesday, July 26, 2017

  • 7:00-8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:15 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction
  • 8:15-9:45 a.m.  Sexual Violence
  • 9:45-9:55 a.m.  BREAK
  • 9:55-11:25 a.m. Criminal and Juvenile Justice
  • 11:25-11:30 p.m.  BREAK
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Homicide/Death Notification
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.  LUNCH
  • 1:15-2:45 p.m.  Civil Justice
  • 2:45-2:55 p.m. BREAK
  • 2:55-3:55 p.m.  Elder Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation
  • 3:55-4:00 p.m.  BREAK
  • 4:00-5:15 p.m. Navigating Boundaries & Advocacy Ethics
  • 5:15-5:30 p.m.  WRAP UP

DAY FOUR – Thursday, July 27, 2017

  • 7:00-8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:10 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction
  • 8:10-9:40 a.m.  Child Sexual Assault
  • 9:40-9:55 a.m.  BREAK
  • 9:55-11:25 a.m.  Maltreatment of Children
  • 11:25-12:10 a.m. LUNCH
  • 12:10-1:40 p.m.Working with Native American Victims
  • 1:40-2:40 p.m.  LUNCH
  • 12:40-1:40 p.m.Tribal Law
  • 1:40-2:40 p.m.  Tribal Law
  • 2:40-2:50 p.m. BREAK
  • 2:50-5:00 p.m.  Cultural Competency Panel :                                                Underserved & Underrepresented Populations
  • 5:00-5:05 p.m.  BREAK
  • 5:05-5:30 p.m.  WRAP UP

DAY FIVE- Friday, July 28, 2017

  • 7:00-8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:15 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction
  • 8:15-9:00 a.m.  Victim Compensation
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m.  Tactical Communication
  • 10:00-10:05 a.m. BREAK
  • 10:05-11:25 a.m.  Applied Practice: Case Scenarios
  • 11:25 a.m.-12:00 p.m.LUNCH
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Graduation Ceremony – Senator Carol Blood
  • 1:00 p.m.  Adjourn