The Idaho Victim Assistance Academy (IVAA) is a unique academic opportunity involving multidisciplinary professionals learning and leading together to better serve the needs of Idaho crime victims.
The IVAA offers three types of academies: a Basic Academy for professionals with less than 5 years of experience, an Advanced Academy for professionals with more than 5 years of experience and a Team Academy. Applicants who work with individuals who have been victims of crime are encouraged to apply for admission to the academy.
The IVAA consists of an intensive course that is taught in a three-day session on the campus of Boise State University. The IVAA academic faculty consists of university-based staff and field experts from Idaho. The curriculum and well researched text have been developed by local experts to reflect Idaho’s community practices and needs.
The Idaho Victim Assistance Academy is a collaborative initiative guided by the Executive Committee of committed professionals working to meet the needs of Idaho’s victims of crime.
Who Should Attend?
IVAA Basic – Professionals who work with crime victims, including: law enforcement, victim witness coordinators, crime victim service providers, governmental resource staff, advocates, criminal justice personnel, health care professionals, and allied professionals with five or fewer year’s direct experience working with crime victims. Twenty-five eligible students will be selected.
IVAA Advanced – Professionals who work with crime victims, including: law enforcement, victim witness coordinators, crime victim service providers, governmental resource staff, advocates, criminal justice personnel, health care professionals, and allied professionals a minimum of 3, preferably 5, years of direct experience working with crime victims. Twenty-five eligible students will be selected.
IVAA Team: Teams of professionals who work with crime victims in the same community. Four or five teams are selected.
Application Process The 2015 Basic Academy will be held on June 9th- June 11th, 2015 at Boise State University. The application process is currently closed. In order to be eligible for selection, candidates must submit a completed application, including a letter of recommendation from your supervisor. Applications must be received February 15th, 2015 and applicants will be notified by March 1st of their acceptance into IVAA. The $500 IVAA registration fees will be due upon notification of selection.
NOVA Credentialing Training Hours The IVAA meets the requirements for the 40 hours of core curriculum for pre-service training required by NOVA for the National Advocate Credentialing Program. Other criteria may be required in addition to the 40 hour training to receive NOVA certification. Please contact NOVA at www.trynova.org for additional information.
Academy Credit Option To obtain college credit (optional) participants must meet the requirements of Boise State University. To receive an application or for questions regarding academic credit, please contact Dr. Lisa Bostaph at (208) 426-3886 or .