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Is there a way to determine which states require advocate certification and which ones do not?
R
10/21/2009
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I am a social worker at our only medical facility in American Samoa (I noticed you don't have a listing for us so I picked the next closest area which is Hawaii). I was just interested in finding out what...
Lesley
01/10/2008
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Risk Assessment Tool for Victims of Domestic Violence - I am earning my PhD, and I need a validated survey instrument for my dissertation. It can be about 10 questions. Please send me your risk assessment ...
MaryLouTringali
01/08/2008
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Registered as a small disadvantaged business, I am faced w/some obstacles and challenges of my own based upon my disability status and the fact that my business is for profit. I would like to know if you ...
Ziggy
05/29/2007
arrow icon I'm not aware of any certification available entirely on-lin...
Dana DeHart
05/30/2007
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END GUEST HOST SESSION - Thank you for participating in OVC’s Web Forum Guest Host Series. We hope this discussion will help you better serve crime victims. Please continue to discuss this and other ...
OVCRC
03/28/2007
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In other states that have certification, has there been a "buy in" for recognizing the professionalization of VA from other groups? (judges, lawyers, social workers, etc) Are there sugge...
bb
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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Should professionals in the legal, medical and mental health areas obtain distinct victim certifications? What is the best way to gain the expertise necessary to deal with victim heterogeneity? Victims ca...
Maritza
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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What can you tell us about how providers have been able to promote the value of certification of advocates to the agencies/programs that employ them? In Delaware, many advocates work for governmental enti...
Mona Bayard
03/28/2007
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Dana Hart
03/28/2007
arrow icon The need for certification can be a tough sell for agencies/...
Mario Gaboury
03/28/2007
arrow icon Sound advice. Tricky for those of us in law enforcement or ...
Mona Bayard
03/28/2007
arrow icon I think demonstrating value of certification within these um...
Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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With the extensive use of volunteers in the practice of victim services, and the lack of funding for training this group compared to the "employed" group, how can we assure 1) consistent ...
Jenn
03/28/2007
arrow icon Volunteers must be working with an approved organization (no...
OVC TTAC
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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Mario Gaboury
03/28/2007
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There seems to be a lot of opposition from the DV field regarding certification. How can this opposition be overcome?
bb
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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What type of certifications are available for victim advocates?
Vicki Perez
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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Are there any programs required for university students in the legal, mental and medical fields to prepare them to have the necessary knowledge to provide victim services. Are there any educational program...
Maritza
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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Where does Maryland stand as far as certification with victim service providers? Different groups are working on certification efforts.
Debbie Tall
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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How does the advocate of the SART Team gain access to the emergency room forensic examination to audit the compliance of the forensic evaluator with the SA Protocol? What's your opinion of the APSAC (As...
Rebecca Ward
03/28/2007
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Mario Gaboury
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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I am hearing more & more about certification programs for Victim Advocates & Victim Service workers. I like the idea of having greater accountability and credentialing wtihin the field. B...
Angela S.
03/28/2007
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Angela S.
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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In my state, (as in many), state certification/oversight is mandated in professions including beauticians, morticians, nutritionists & massage therapists. With the potential for tremendous harm to...
Mary
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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We are developing recommended best practices for crime victim rights compliance in Oregon. How do best practice recommendations differ from standards and do you know of standards and best practice recomme...
Carol S
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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What are some of the best approaches or best practices for maintaining certification?
mary dillard
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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What is the single most important reason for Certification of Victim Advocates?
Barbara Grissom
03/28/2007
arrow icon Quality Control, especially as funding shrinks.
Natalie
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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How can I get certified as an advocate?
Willistine
03/28/2007
arrow icon Your state may have a certification program. Also, there is...
Mario Gaboury
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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Are you aware of the "Critical Analysis of Victim Assistance" Professional Certificate that is offered through the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies (Washburn University/Califor...
Crystal
03/28/2007
arrow icon There is a difference, in my view, between certification and...
Mario Gaboury
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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Our domestic violence shelter program accepts victims w/substance abuse, mental health and prior homelessness issues; all of course, living in close quarters. What impact does this have on our clients expe...
a. batchelor
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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Are there any resources/guidance available on standards/certification for those providing post-disaster psycho-social services? I am also interested in any info/resources on program evaluation methods for ...
Anne
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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The Commonwealth of Virginia will have a Victim Assistance Academy in 2008. Can you tell me the benefits of certification for advocates in the field? Also, the grant to establish the academy requires that ...
pam Henderson
03/28/2007
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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007
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