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. 

Free Specialized Trainings for Continuing Education (CE) Credits

OVS is pleased to offer the following training courses to OVS-funded VAPs and allied professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credits will be available as outlined in each course catalog for eligible participants.

Specialized Trainings:
January 20 & 27, 2021  Coping with Grief in Traumatic Loss: Theoretical Perspectives and Interventive Strategies for NYS Licensed Mental Health Providers and/or Clinical Program Graduate Students
January 22 - March 19, 2021 – Trauma Responsive Lawyering for Legal Professionals

VAP Training Center Webinar Series

We understand that programs are under unique forms of stress during this time, and OVS is here to support you. In response, OVS launched a Resilience Webinar Series with the goal of helping you tackle some pressing issues during NY on PAUSE and a Transition Forward Webinar Series to help with the excitement, challenges, and questions that you may face during NY FORWARD and most recently a Building Your Porgram's Fiscal Resilience Series to help you enhance your program's fiscal resilience. Click the links below to join each webinar or to access the webinar recording after the scheduled date.

Building Your Program’s Fiscal Resilience Series: 
April 28, 2020 – Financial Sustainability for Victim Assistance Programs - Recording Link
October 7, 2020 Creating a Fund Development Plan - Recording Link
November 5, 2020 Engaging Your Board and Volunteers in Building Community Support - Recording Link
December 1, 2020 Writing a Strong Grant Proposal - Recording Link
January 5, 2021 Managing Funds Responsibly - Fiscal Management for Program Managers - Recording Link

Transition Forward Series:
June 16, 2020 – Transitioning your Team Back to the New Normal - Recording Link
June 24, 2020 – Coping with Loss and Grief - Recording Link
June 30, 2020 – Motivating Staff in the New Normal - Recording Link
July 8, 2020 – Building and Sustaining Personal and Professional Resilience - Recording Link
July 16, 2020 – Coaching to High Performance - Recording Link
July 22, 2020 – Supporting Others in Managing Stress - Recording Link
July 29, 2020 – Evaluating Performance - Recording Link

Resilience Webinar Series:
April 14, 2020 – Managing and Supporting Staff Remotely - Recording Link
April 21, 2020 – Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others: Self-Care and Stress Inoculation - Recording Link
April 23, 2020 – Managing Yourself Remotely: Time & Task Management - Recording Link
April 28, 2020 – Financial Sustainability for Victim Assistance Programs - Recording Link
April 30, 2020 – Psychological First Aid: Supporting Others in Managing Stress - Recording Link
May 5, 2020   – Building and Managing Teams Remotely - Recording Link
May 7, 2020   – Creating Trauma-Informed Environments for Children - Recording Link
May 13, 2020 – Managing Performance Remotely - Recording Link

Title IX Webinar Series:
June 9, 2020 - The New Department of Education Title IX Regulations: What They Mean for Agencies That Serve Student Survivors in New York State - Recording Link
August 4, 2020 - The Way Forward: Working with College-Aged Survivors of Assault in 2020 and Beyond - Recording Link

Previously recorded webinars are available on the OVS Training YouTube Channel.

VAP Training Center Resources

VAP Connect Icon
An online community forum for OVS-funded Victim Assistance Programs (VAPs), VAP Connect provides a space for VAPs to come together, network, and share valuable information and best practices with one another.

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 highlighted below.

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.

Billing for a Forensic Rape Exam (FRE)

OVS offers training on an overview of the FRE Direct Reimbursement Program. Facilitated by OVS Associate Attorney, Shelby Foster, this training covers relevant laws and regulations, how to complete and file the OVS Direct Reimbursement Claim Form, common billing/reimbursement issues and other Frequently Asked Questions. Appropriate for advocates, medical providers, facility registration/billing/administration staff and anyone else that is involved with the Forensic Rape Examination Direct Reimbursement Claims at any point in the process. 

For more information and to request this training, email [email protected].

VAP Training

Advocate Guidelines for Compensation

OVS Compensation Training Series

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

Financial Literacy

OVS Financial Literacy Training

A one-day training held regionally across New York State in 2016 and 2017 on OVS Budget Forms, BARs, FCRs, PDFs and Functional Time Records. This training and the following resources are encouraged for review by VAP staff responsible for financial reporting requirements for their OVS awarded contract.