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
Victim Service Academy Trainings
Victim Service Academy Trainings: Registration Guidelines & Training Overview
July 25-27, 2018 - ALBANY Victim Service Academy Training
Aug. 1-3, 2018 - MANHATTAN Victim Service Academy Training
Aug. 22-24, 2018 - ROCHESTER Victim Service Academy Training
Sept. 13-14, 2018 - HUDSON VALLEY Victim Service Academy Training ***SUPERVISORS ONLY***

Additional OVS Trainings: 
April 17, 2018 - Seeking Solutions: Starting the Conversation about Male Sexual Assault
April 25, 2018 - Dealing Effectively with Difficult People (Webinar)
May 15, 2018 - Building and Leading Strong Work Teams (Webinar)
June 13, 2018 - Evaluating Victim Services Programs (Webinar)
June 25-29, 2018 - Forensic Interviewing of Children Training

Please note, training dates and topics are tentative and subject to change.


VAP Training

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.

OVS Conference

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

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.