VAP Training Center

VAP Training Center

The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) regularly offers training and technical assistance to the network of victim service providers it funds across New York State. Through research, professional development, trainings and conferences, OVS builds the capacity of victim assistance programs to better serve innocent victims of crime. Many no-cost tools, resources and specialized training opportunities are highlighted below. Click on each resource link or scroll down for more detailed training materials. 

VAP Training Center Resources

Training and Technical Assistance Request
A no-cost Training and Technical Assistance Request Program in which OVS matches specialized consultants with OVS-funded programs to deliver a wide-range of custom-tailored organizational leadership and communication services. 

OVS Training Listserv
Periodic national, state and regional training information is shared via the OVS Training Listserv, where subscribers can receive inside access to OVS training announcements and the quarterly OVS Outreach newsletter. 

OVS Training App
Training agendas, speaker bios and day-of-event information is available on the OVS Training App, available for download in the App Store or on Google Play.

OVS Training Calendar

OVS VAP Training Center 2018 Webinar Series: 
April 25, 2018 - Dealing Effectively with Difficult People 
May 15, 2018 - Building and Leading Strong Work Teams
June 13, 2018 - Evaluating Victim Services Programs
September 24, 2018 - Grant Writing 101 (Recorded Webinar LINK)
October 30, 2018 - Motivating Your Staff to High Performance

Please note, not all webinars are recorded, however training materials (PowerPoint slides, handouts, etc.) are available via each webinar link. When prompted, enter the event password "OVS2018" in the View Info field to access these materials.


VAP Training

OVS Conference

A three-day victim services professional development conference held biennially in the Fall.

Forensic Interviewing of Children

A one-week (40-hour certification) training for child forensic interviewers from OVS funded CACs.

OVS Summit

A half-day victim services summit held in the Spring to honor National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Advocate Guidelines for Compensation

Resources and documentation guidelines to assist with the OVS compensation claim process.

Victim Assistance Boot Camp

A two-day entry-level victim advocacy training.

How to Conduct an Evaluation

A one-day training on program evaluation and performance evaluation reporting.

How to Develop a Strategic Plan

A one-day training on the development and implementation of a strategic plan.

Financial Literacy

A one-day training on OVS Budget Forms, BARs, FCRs, PDFs and Functional Time Records.