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May 2014 Victim Services Foundational Academy

Course Information

Attendance at the 2014 Foundational Academy will assist new victim services professionals identify and understand their roles and job responsibilities as outlined by PCCD's Consolidated Victim Service Program Standards.  Join your colleagues from around the state to network and learn the basics.

Topics will include:

  • The Role of the Victim Service Professional
  • Orienting to the Job of Victim Assistance
  • The History of Victims' Rights
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • The Juvenile Justice System
  • Understanding the Crisis Reaction
  • Listening and Supportive Counseling Skills


The Foundational Academy consists of an 18-hour three-day classroom component and a 14-hour online component for a total of 32 training hours.  After registering for the Foundational Academy you will receive an email detailing the online portion of the training which you may begin at any time, but must complete within 30 days of attending the classroom component.

Training hours may be applied towards the continuing training hours required each year as put forth in the PCCD Standards and by the Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research (CJJT&R).  Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of this course.

There is no registration fee for the Foundational Academy for individuals required to attend.  Individuals not required to attend will be charged a $100 course registration fee (please contact Lisabeth Capozzi at PDAI to make payment arrangments). The $100 fee includes hotel accommodations (double occupancy), breakfasts, lunches and snacks.  Travel as well as dinners are at the participant's expense.  Participants will complete 18 training hours in class, as well as 14 hours of online training. All training materials will be provided.

Click here to download the brochure.

Who Must Attend

This three day training is required for all new Victim Advocates within the state of Pennsylvania.  PDAA provides this training free of charge to participants who meet the following criteria:

  • The advocate works in a program that provides procedural services to victims as outlined in Pennsylvania's Crime Victims' Act and whose position is funded in whole or in part by the Rights and Services Act (RASA) or the Victims of Juvenile Offenders (VOJO) Program; or
  • The advocate works in a victim services program that is not affiliated with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape or the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and whose position is funded in whole or in part by the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Program.


Rockview State Correctional Institute Tour

In coordination with the Office of the Victim Advocate, a special opportunity offered at the Foundational Academy is a tour of Rockview State Correctional Institute.  This is a maximum-security facility located just minutes from the training site by bus.  The bus for the tour will depart on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 3:30 p.m., and the tour will last approximately two and a half hours with travel time.  Participants are not required to attend this tour.  Participants who do attend the tour will be credited with one and a half hours of additional training.  This additional time will not count toward the required hours for the Foundational Academy.

Foundational Academy Schedule

To ensure participants receive 18 training hours during the Foundational Academy and to accommodate the SCI Tour, the start and end time will vary each day.  The start and end times are listed below.

Wednesday, May 14
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Course: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 15
Course: 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m
SCI Tour: 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 16
Course: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.



Registration closes on Friday, April 25, 2014.  To register online now please click on the Register Now button at the top of this course description.  You can also download the registration form and mail or fax it to:

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI)
2929 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA  17110
Fax: (717) 231-3912

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to the first 40 registrants.  PDAI will maintain a waiting list and notify prospective students in the event an opening becomes available.


Please contact PDAI as soon as possible in the event you must cancel your course registration so that another person can attend in your place.  If you cancel at the last minute (after 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13) you must cancel your hotel reservation by calling the hotel directly at (814) 231-2100.  You will be invoiced for any hotel charges billed to PDAI resulting from no-show or cancellations less than 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival.


Participants have the option of sharing their overnight accommodations at no cost for the evenings of May 13-15.  Overnight rooms will be reserved for attendees at The Atherton Hotel.  If you are willing to share a room, PDAI will make your hotel reservation; you should not contact the hotel directly to make your reservations.  All reservations will be guaranteed to late arrival. Please indicate, on the registration form, the nights you require overnight accommodations and if you are willing to share a room.  You are responsible for paying for incidental expenses.

Individuals who request a single room will be required to make their own room reservations and pay the room rate.  To make your own self-paid reservations, contact The Atherton Hotel directly by calling (814) 231-2100 and mention the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute.  Reservations must be made by April 13, 2014.


May 14th, 2014 8:00 AM   through   May 16th, 2014 3:30 PM
The Atherton Hotel
125 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801
America South, Central, North and Caribbean
Phone: 814-231-2100
RASA $ 0.00
VOJO $ 0.00
VOCA $ 0.00
Other $ 100.00
I need lodging. $ 0.00
I do not require overnight hotel accomodations. $ 0.00
Although I know it is not required, I would like to share my room with a co-worker. I will email Donna Hull with the information. $ 0.00
Lodging Nights Required
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 $ 0.00
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 $ 0.00
Thursday, October 19, 2017 $ 0.00
SCI Benner Tour
Yes, I would like to tour SCI Benner. $ 0.00
No, I will not be touring SCI Benner. $ 0.00
Agency Type
Community Based $ 0.00
System Based $ 0.00
Other $ 0.00

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