2020 SD Advanced Victim Assistance Academy Application Information

Thank you for your interest in attending the 2020 South Dakota Advanced Victim Assistance Academy which will be held at the Capital University Center in Pierre, SD, April 29-May 1, 2020.  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 one of the Basic SDVAAs 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, trauma informed responses, impact of poverty, working with LGBTQ victims, working with Native American victims and multi-jurisdictional issues, and resiliency. The curriculum is different than the Advanced SDVAA that was held in 2018.

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


There is NO registration fee, however the Advanced Academy is limited to 45 students.

The deadline for submitting the completed application is February 7, 2020, and students will be notified regarding selection by February 28, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Rutten at 605.731.0041 or kathy@sdnafvsa.com.