SCCADVASA’s Basic Training for Victim Service Providers

SCCADVASA’s Basic Training for Victim Service Providers provides an intensive, interactive learning experience where new victim service providers gain the foundational knowledge and professional skills they need to use a strengths-based approach to provide direct services to survivors of domestic and sexual assault, while also advocating for the rights of survivors, educating to bring about awareness and prevention, and collaborating with allies across the state.

The Basic Training is helpful to all advocates and service providers who work with survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence as well as other allied professionals such as healthcare providers, law enforcement officers, therapists/counselors, HIV/AIDS service providers, anti-homeless advocates, faith communities, service providers to people who identify as LGBTQ, social workers, and more. In addition, this training meets the specific requirements of the Crime Victim’s Ombudsman, Office of Victim Services Education and Certification for Basic Victim Service Providers and, upon completion, attendees can apply to be certified in the state of South Carolina as a Victim Service Provider. Contact OVSEC with questions about applying for and maintaining VSP Certification or to fill out the VSP certification application.

To register for the Basic Training for Victim Service Providers:

If you are not a SCCADVASA member organization or an affiliate, you must first apply to become an affiliate member and pay the yearly fee. To apply for access to Coalition Manager, CLICK HERE.

  • TO ACCESS THE ONLINE PORTION: The online modules can be accessed anytime on Coalition Manager by logging in, clicking on Trainings, then click on Online Trainings. Register for the Basic Training for Victim Service Providers.  You will then be able to move through the modules at your own pace, completing the survey at the end of each lesson. You are completely finished when you finish all 6 lessons and complete the evaluation at the end. You can now attend the in-person portion. Please note that you have 60 days to complete the online training once you have registered.
  • TO REGISTER FOR THE IN-PERSON PORTION: Log into Coalition Manager and click on Trainings . Scroll through the list of available in-person trainings and conferences; click on the Basic Training for Victim Service Providers on the date that you would like to attend and add your registration.
  • There is a VSP registration fee of $100 that must be paid prior to accessing the online portion of the training.

Click here for more information about Coalition Manager and the training registration system or to apply for access to the system.

Upcoming Basic Trainings for Victim Service Providers:

The in-person portion of the Basic Training for Victim Service Providers will be held in Columbia, SC. The training and registration dates are listed below.

  • May 12, 2017:  Registration opens 03/27/2017 - 05/05/2017

  • August 11, 2017:  Registration opens 06/05/2017 - 08/04/2017

  • November 10, 2017:  Registration opens 08/05/2017 - 11/3/2017

* Important Reminder: Participants are not permitted to attend the in-person portion of the Basic Training for Victim Service Providers without first completing the online portion and filling out the evaluation at the end. See above for more information.

SCCADVASA’s Basic Training Core Competency Standards:

SCCADVASA believes that all victim service providers must build upon the following five foundational competencies, while also working within a larger framework of social justice and cultural competency:

  1. Ethics:

    Victim Service Providers respect the professional code of conducts of their fields, while also adhering ethical principles that promote respect and dignity for all.
  2. Self-Care:

    Victim Service Providers take care of themselves physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually in order to sustain their work and their commitment to the victim-services profession.
  3. Interpersonal Communication:

    Victim Service Providers listen, build rapport, and communicate respect to victim/survivors, community members, and other professionals in the field.
  4. Community Collaboration:

    Victim Service Providers work within a network of other local and national service providers who collaborate to provide holistic, wrap-around services to victims, which one person or one agency alone could never provide.
  5. Service Provision:

    Victim Service Providers work alongside victims to access a core set of services that hold offenders accountable, promote community safety, and work toward the prevention of future violence.

SCCADVASA’s Basic Training is intended to impart basic knowledge, attitudes, and skills that form the foundation of service provision on which to build further professional competency. This training uses examples and practical considerations from SCCADVASA’s expertise as forerunners in the state for advocacy and policy development for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This training is not intended to provide all of the components necessary to be an effective service provider; rather, that comes as part of an ongoing process throughout a person’s professional career.

The Process of Attending SCCADVASA’s Basic Training for Victim Service Providers:

SCCADVASA’s Basic Training is delivered through a combination of in-person and online training modules, so that individuals can receive the majority of the training at whatever time and location is convenient to them. Participants must first complete the online portion of the training before attending the in-person training. The online training takes approximately 13 hours in total to complete and is comprised of smaller lessons and activities so that participants can take it at their own pace. Allow for adequate time to complete the online training so that you can work at a pace that suits your learning needs.

Participants are not permitted to attend the in-person portion of the training without first completing the online portion and filling out the evaluation at the end.