2018 SD Advanced Victim Assistance Academy Application Information

Thank you for your interest in attending the 2018 South Dakota Advanced Victim Assistance Academy which will be held at the Capital University Center in Pierre, SD, August 15-17, 2018.  To ensure a variety of representatives from different areas of the state, all potential students must submit an application in order to be considered.

The advanced academy is open to professionals who are graduates of the 2016 or 2017 SDVAA OR have three or more years experience working with victims of crime.  The curriculum will build on what was covered in the basic academies and will include topics such as social and leadership styles, mass violence, childhood trauma, trauma informed responses, impact of poverty, working with LGBTQ victims, working with Native American victims and multi-jurisdictional issues, and resiliency.

The mission of SDVAA is to support all allied professionals to enhance the delivery of culturally relevant, quality services to victims of crime in South Dakota through collaboration, coordination and education.

Four Core Principles of SDVAA

1.     Victim Centered

           Victim Rights including tribal, federal, state and local rights


           Culturally relevant



2.     Adult Learning

           Basic, foundation level skills

 3.     Collaboration

           Culturally relevant


           Defining roles and how to work together


4.    Support Allied Professionals

           Self care/resiliency


If you are currently studying for a bachelor's or master's level degree, you may be eligible to earn college credits by attending this academy.  Please contact Dr. Courtney Waid-Lindberg at c.waidlindberg@northern.edu for more information.  Please still complete the student application.
The registration fee is $100 and will cover all course material and some meals. 

Fees are NOT due until notification of acceptance.

The deadline for submitting the completed application is June 1, 2018, and students will be notified regarding selection by June 29, 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Rutten at 605.731.0041 or kathy@sdnafvsa.com.