The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for scholarships to attend eligible national victim service conferences. This funding is made available through a grant awarded to PDAI by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) for subsidizing the costs associated with attending these training conferences. These costs may include registration fees, per diem (for food), and reasonable transportation and lodging expenses. The scholarships are only available to victim service professionals to attend any national conference focused on victim service training. To qualify, the applicant’s entire job focus must be on providing support, information, and assistance to victims. Any eligible conference must be completed within the 2018 calendar year. Only one person per agency can receive a scholarship and only after providing a sufficient justification of need. Recipients are selected based upon the information provided in the application, the number of scholarships previously awarded, and remaining available funding. Please click here for the Scholarship Application.
Attendance at the Foundational Academy assists new victim service professionals to identify and understand their roles and job responsibilities as outlined by the PCCD’s Consolidated Victim Service Standards.
The manual for the October Foundational Academy is available here. Please read the manual and print it if you would like to have it available at the academy. Foundational-Academy-Manual-October-2017 PDF
The Foundational Academy consists of three (3) components totaling 40 hours. These components include:
- A program-specific orientation training provided by the agency you work for (eight (8) hours).
- A three-day (18 hour) classroom-training component which is held in April and October each year in State College, Pa.
- An “online, independent study” component consisting of online reading assignments, some online Victim Assistance Training [VAT] course that participants complete on their own and WebEx Trainings (14 hours). The “online, independent study” component can be started at any time (but should be done no later than 60 days after the classroom training). Information about requirements and all materials for the “online, independent” portion of the training are available on this site page.
You must attend the Foundational Academy:
- If your position is PCCD-funded through RASA and/or VOJO grants and you provide service to all crime victims.
- If your position is VOCA-funded and you are not governed by PCADV , PCAR or NCA. (If your position is VOCA funded and you provide services to victims of crimes other that DV or SA, you must also attend despite being governed by PCADV or PCAR.)
This training is supported by a grant awarded to the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Training hours may be applied towards continuing training hours required each year as put forth in the PCCD Standards and the Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research (CJJT&R). Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of this course. In addition to reviewing the documents and the activities in the online, independent component, many of the OVC Vat online assignments include maintaining a journal and discussing the activity with your supervisor. The time assigned to each assignment includes this discussion time.
You and your supervisor must verify that you have completed the 14-hour online, independent study component of the training by signing the participant’s Completion Verification. The signed Completion Verification must be mailed to Donna Hull at 806 West Market Street, West Chester PA 19382. You will not receive a letter certifying their completion of the Foundational Academy until the Completion Verification is received by PDAI. The Foundational Academy Completion Verification is available as an attachment on this page.
The next Basic Compensation Training which is part of the online training will be held on March 22, 2018. Click here to register.
Must Read Documents
Link to online training
To link to the PCCD online training use this link.
If the link does not work copy and paste the address below in your browser.
Once you get there please click on the view events recording link.
To watch the Restitution Basic training, please go to this link.
23 Pa. C.S. § 6101 et seq.
An Overview of the Juvenile Criminal Justice System
Bill of Rights
CJS Flow Chart
Crime Victims Act
Glossary of Legal Terms
Homicide Resource Paper
Human Trafficking Resource Paper
Identity Theft Resource Paper
Impaired Driving Resource Paper
Intimate Partner Violence Resource Paper
Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Goals
PFA Relationship Requirement Fact Sheet
Prison Package Education Handout
Prison Package Summary
Sexual Assault Resource Paper
The Adult Criminal Justice System
Victim Restoration White Paper
The next Basic Compensation Web Ex Training will be held September 21, 2017. You can register on the PCCD Victim Services Online Training Page.
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