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

OVS Training YouTube Channel
 The OVS Training YouTube Channel features up-to-date resources and recently recorded training opportunities for victim assistance programs funded by OVS.

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 Events Calendar
Previous and upcoming scheduled training events are available on the OVS Events Calendar, with key events also noted below.

OVS VAP Training Center Webinar Series: 
November 6, 2019 - Welcome to OVS Introductory Webinar Training
September  17, 2019 - OVS Training & Technical Assistance Request Program - Introductory Webinar
April 8, 2019 - OVS Compensation Training Series
February 26, 2019 - OVS Case Manager and Civil Legal Network Webinar Training
January 30, 2019 - OVS VOCA Victim and Witness Assistance Grant Program RFA - Applicant Webinar
December 11, 2018 - OVS Case Manager Information Webinar Training
September 24, 2018 - Grant Writing 101


VAP Training

OVS Conference

OVS 2019 Conference

The OVS 2019 Conference, Innovation in Victim Services: Transforming the Field through Creative Solutions will be held November 19-21, 2019 at the Hilton Albany Downtown in Albany, NY. Registration for the OVS 2019 Conference is now open and tickets are available for purchase here. Additional conference details and resources are also available below.

Advocate Guidelines for Compensation

OVS Compensation Training Series

Resources and documentation guidelines to assist with the OVS compensation claim process. In addtion, the OVS Compensation Training Video Series features vidoes that outline assistance available from the agency and offer detailed instructions for filing claims. 

Financial Literacy

OVS Financial Literacy Training

A one-day training on OVS Budget Forms, BARs, FCRs, PDFs and Functional Time Records. This mandatory VAP training was held regionally across New York State between December 2016 and March 2017.  

Victim Service Academy Training

Victim Service Academy TrainingA two-and-a-half-day annual training that covers the essentials of trauma-informed care, basic helping skills, psychological first aid, self-care and more. Additional details regarding future VSATs will be published soon.