Training & Technical Assistance
To provide free statewide training opportunities and technical assistance to victim advocates throughout Utah.
* Training and technical assistance is not open to community members at large. If you are an employee or volunteer at an agency that intersects with victim services, you are eligible to attend. To request training or technical assistance, please email email@example.com
Victim Advocate Liaison
Statewide Advocate Victim Organization (SWAVO) curriculum is designed quarterly by a steering committee, made up of both system based victim service and community based victim service providers. The topics are gathered from past evaluations, training need requests, and current events. This eight hour training takes place every March, June, September, and December.
Utah Victim Assistance Academy (UVAA)
This forty-hour training qualifies /certifies participants to provide direct trauma informed services to crime victims in Utah. The curriculum follows standards set by the Office for Victims of Crime and covers a wide range of topics including trauma 101, crisis intervention, ethics, the criminal and civil legal systems, cultural competency and victims’ rights and many more. UVAA provides training three times a year. January, May, October
Mass Casualty Victim Response Team
Strengthen Utah’s preparedness for responding to a future incident of mass violence or terrorism.
Training and technical assistance requests: Offered at the request of any agency seeking additional assistance to train advocates and/or technical assistance
Available to be a resource and mentor to new advocates, smaller programs, or any victim advocate across the state. Assist programs in implementing best practices to provide trauma-informed and victim-centered services.
Complete a needs assessment for victim advocacy services, training needs, and gaps in services. Based on the needs assessment results, hold strategic planning for victim advocacy programs, implement a seamless service map, establish a standard victim advocate role, and partner with stakeholders to create a cohesive victim service response.
HB 177 (2018) provide training to advocates or advocacy programs as requested. assist with trainings to aid in having a cohesive response to victims. continue to develop a working policy on victim advocate credentialing statewide.