Training Requirements for NACP Applicants by Level

Completion of a NACP pre-approved 40-hour training course   (Certificate Required)

Basic Level Applicants:

Completion of 40 hours Introductory Advocacy training
A minimum of 20 hours of Basic Specialty training for each area of specialty

*If choosing Comprehensive, your Basic Specialty training must come from a minimum of three different types of populations – see specialty training topics below.

Intermediate Level Applicants:

Completion of 40 hours Introductory Advocacy training
A minimum of 20 hours of Basic Specialty training for each area of specialty
A minimum of 10 hours of Advanced Specialty training for each area of specialty

*If choosing Comprehensive, you must have 20 hours of Basic Specialty training and 10 hours of Advanced Specialty training must come from a minimum of three different types of populations- see specialty training topics below.

Advanced Level Applicants:

Completion of 40 hours Introductory Advocacy training
A minimum of 20 hours of Basic Specialty training for each area of specialty
A minimum of 20 hours of Advanced Specialty training for each area of specialty

*If choosing Comprehensive, you must have 20 hours of Basic Specialty training and 20 hours of Advanced Specialty training must come from a minimum of three different types of populations – see specialty training topics below.

 

Introductory Training Topics

  1. Advocacy/Role of the Advocate
  2. Cultural Sensitivity/Competency
  3. Case Management/Coordination
  4. Ethics/Confidentiality
  5. Civil/Criminal Justice System
  6. History of Victim Services
  7. Crime Victims Compensation
  8. Trauma of Victimization
  9. Crisis Intervention
  10. Victims’ Rights

Basic Specialty Training Topics

Domestic Violence

Includes: Barriers to Safety, Batterers’ Use of Power & Control, Child Abuse & Neglect, Lesbian & Gay Battering, Lethality/Danger Assessment, Domestic Violence Statutes, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Safety Planning, Stockholm Syndrome, TPO Enforcement/Violations, Responses to Trauma

Adult and/or Child Sexual Assault

Includes: Sexual Assault/Abuse, HIV-STD Information, Interviewing Victims/Survivors, Sexual Offense Statutes, Police Investigation of Rape, Rape Evidence Examination, Rape Trauma Syndrome, Trauma-Informed Care, DNA Evidence, Special Population, Human Trafficking

Child Abuse

Includes: Child Physical Abuse/Maltreatment/Neglect, Parental & Non-Parental Child Abduction, All Crimes Against Children Except Sexual Assault/Abuse, Forensic Interviewing/Serving Child Victims, Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Working with Child Victims of Crime, Child Safety/Protection, Trauma-Informed Care, Human Trafficking

Drunk Driving

Includes: Advocacy with Police, Prosecutors, Judiciary, Probation, Parole, Aftermath of Drunk Driving, Assessment for PTSD, other Counseling Needs; Basics of CJS; Catastrophic Injury Experience; Drunk Driving Impact Panels; Homicide Survivor Experience; Insurance/Civil Suits/Bankruptcy; Applicable State Statutes

System or Community-Based Victims Services

Includes: Community Resources, Court Advocacy, Hospital Advocacy, Applicable State Statutes, Specialized Needs, Trauma of Victimization, Trial Preparation, Victims’ Rights Legislation/Statutes, Restorative Justice, Victim/Offender Reconciliation, Victim/Offender Mediation, Identity Theft

Homicide

Includes: Interventions with Homicide Survivors, Grief Process, Dealing with Law Enforcement, Dealing with Medical Services, Death Notification, Applicable State Statutes

Campus Advocacy

Includes:  History of the Student Movement regarding Sexual Assault on College Campus, Federal & State Campus Legislation (Title IX, Cleary Act and FERPA) and Victims’ Rights, Sexual Assault/Rape Culture, Campus Safety Planning, Trauma-Informed Advocacy, Sexual Violence and Substance Abuse, Safety Planning & Protective Orders, Ethics, Boundaries & Confidentiality.

Victim Assistance Program and Staff Management

Includes: Community Needs Assessment, Program Development, Community Relations, Personnel Management, Coordinated Services, General Administration, Fiscal Management, Proposal Writing, Grants Management, Budgeting, Record Keeping, Volunteer Management, Supervision, Labor Laws, Service Evaluation, Legislation, Board Development, Developing Task Forces, Research, Expert Testimony, Protocols, Fund Raising, Public Speaking Public Policy Issues, Policy Development, Techniques and Victim Assistance Program Management.

 

Advanced Specialty Training Topics

Domestic Violence

Includes: AAaC/ACoA, Burn Out, Post-Conviction Systems, Related Statutes (Agg. Men., Crim. Tres., Stalking, TPO Viol., Child Abuse), Ritual Abuse, Safety Issues/Planning, Topics from Sexual Assault “B” Series, Suicide Intervention, Support Groups, Systems Advocacy, Protective Order Enforcement, Victim Impact Statements, Victims who Resort to Violence, New State/Federal Statutes, New Developments in the Field

Adult and/or Child Sexual Assault

Includes: more of the types of subjects listed in this category in the “B” Series section, but at a more advanced level. Also includes emerging issues and topics relevant to managers of these types of programs

Child Abuse

Includes: more of the types of subjects listed in this category in the “B” section, but at a more advanced level. Also includes emerging issues and topics relevant to managers of these types of programs

Drunk Driving

Includes: Adult Siblings, Children’s Grief Process, Complicated Mourning, Crisis Response, Death Notification, Male Grief, PTSD, Rehabilitation, Support for Advocates, Support Groups, Survivor Issues, Vicarious Victimization, MADD Victim Institutes, New State/Federal Statutes, New Developments in the Field

System or Community-Based Victims Services

Includes Burglary/Robbery Victims, Topics from Domestic Violence “B” & “C” Series, Legal Precedents, Topics from Drunk Driving “B” & “C” Series, Homicide “B” & “C” Series, Post-Conviction Advocacy, Sexual Assault/Child Abuse “B” & “C” Series, Testimony Issues, New State/Federal Statutes, New Developments in the Field

Homicide

Includes: Coroner’s Office Protocol, Dealing with Holidays & Special Occasions, Dealing with the Parole Board, Funeral Directors/ Protocol, Intervention with Child Victims, Realities of Capital Murder Cases, Support Groups, Truth In Sentencing, New State/ Federal Statutes, New Developments in the Field

Campus Advocacy

Includes:  Community Partnerships, Outreach & Empowerment of Marginalized Students, Supporting Student Survivors with Disabilities, Evidence-based Strategies for Primary Prevention, Bystander Intervention, Risk Reduction Programs, Neurobiology of Trauma, Trauma-Informed Interview Techniques, Cultural Awareness & Sexual Violence, Sexual Assault Perpetrator Behavior, Managing Written Records and Data Collection Requirements

Victim Assistance Program and Staff Management

Includes: Community Needs Assessment, Program Development, Community Relations, Personnel Management, Coordinated Services, General Administration, Fiscal Management, Proposal Writing, Grants Management, Budgeting, Record Keeping, Volunteer Management, Supervision, Labor Laws, Service Evaluation, Legislation, Board Development, Developing Task Forces, Research, Expert Testimony, Protocols, Fund Raising, Public Speaking Public Policy Issues, Policy Development, Training Techniques and Emerging Issues in Victim Assistance Program Management.