Victim Services

Foundational Academy Instructions

You must attend the Foundational Academy:

PLEASE READ this document for a detailed explanation on Foundational Academy requirements.

This training is supported by a grant awarded to the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).

The Foundational Academy consists of three (3) components. These components include:

  • A program-specific orientation training provided by your agency.
  • A three-day classroom component which is held three times a year in State College, PA. There is no registration fee for Foundational Academy and both accommodations and lunch are included with registration. Registration information can be found on the Training Calendar.
  • An online, independent study component consisting of reading assignments, webinars, and the WebEx Basic Compensation live webinar. The online, independent study component can be started at any time (but must be completed within 60 days of attending the classroom Academy). The Foundational Academy Online Training Requirements and Completion Verification is available here.

You and your supervisor must verify that you have completed the supplemental online training by completing the form. The signed Completion Verification Form must be emailed to Amelia Smulktis at along with all required certificates.  You will not receive a letter certifying your completion of the Foundational Academy until the Completion Verification is received by Amelia Smulktis/PDAI.

Amelia J. Smulktis
Restitution & Victim/Witness Consultant