MN Victims Assistance Academy 2011

posted Apr 21, 2011, 9:18 AM by Ronnie V   [ updated Apr 21, 2011, 9:31 AM ]
**Forwarding this message from the Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs

The Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs is pleased to announce that applications for the 2011 Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy are now being accepted. For additional information about the Academy and how to apply please review the contents of this message. If you have questions please contact me directly at 651.201.7318 or

About the Academy:
The Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy (MNVAA) is a foundation-level educational opportunity. MNVAA is an intensive course of study designed to improve the quality and consistency of victim services in Minnesota. The students for the academy class will consist of victim service providers and criminal justice professionals who work with victims of crime. Through education, the MNVAA builds the capacity of providers to serve those victimized by crime, encourages cutting-edge thinking about the ways we can help victims regain control of their lives, and focuses on victim-centered multi-disciplinary collaboration building.

The MNVAA steering committee will select 55 candidates to attend the Academy at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), in St. Cloud, Minnesota, from July 31- August 5, 2011.These participants will explore a comprehensive curriculum created specifically for Minnesota by a multidisciplinary committee assembled by the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs. All students who are accepted and successfully complete the 40-hour MNVAA will receive a certificate of completion. Academic credit and CEUs may be available for an additional fee.

For information about location, cost, continuing education credit, etc. please review the MNVAA application.

Student Selection Criteria:
 The MNVAA is looking for victim service providers and criminal justice professionals who:

1. Serve in a paid or volunteer position having direct contact with Minnesota crime victims.
2. Have 5 years or less experience working with victims. The MNVAA faculty welcomes more advanced professionals, as their experience may be a value to the program; however, keep in mind the academy uses foundation-level curriculum.
3. Agree to be in-residence during the entire academy.

Note: For questions concerning criteria contact Alicia Nichols at 651.201.7318.

How to Apply:
 The 2011 MNVAA application can be downloaded by visiting: Please complete the application form in its entirety. No alternative forms will be accepted. Applications and all required documents must be postmarked by June 3, 2011. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications are to be mailed to:

MN Office of Justice Programs
MNVAA- c/o Alicia Nichols
445 Minnesota Street #2300
St Paul, MN 55101

Acceptance and non-acceptance letters will be sent by June 25, 2011.