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Track 1: Foundations in Victim Services

Program Overview 

Track 1 of the Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy (MNVAA) is a foundation-level educational opportunity.  Foundations in Victim Services is a week-long intensive course of study designed to improve the quality and consistency of victim services in Minnesota. The students for the academy class will consist of victim service providers and criminal justice professionals who work with victims of crime.  Through education, the MNVAA builds the capacity of providers to serve those victimized by crime, encourages cutting-edge thinking about the ways we can help victims regain control of their lives, and focuses on victim-centered multi-disciplinary collaboration building.

The MNVAA selects up to 50 candidates to attend the Foundations Academy annually.  These participants explore a comprehensive curriculum created specifically for Minnesota by a multidisciplinary committee assembled by the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs. All students who are accepted and successfully complete this 40-hour MNVAA course receive a certificate of completion. Academic credit and CEUs (MN Board of Social Work and POST Credit) may be available for an additional fee.

2018 Training Dates and Location

The 2018 Academy will kick off with a welcome reception/registration on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Registration opens at 3:30 p.m. and the reception will start at 5:30 p.m.  The classroom instruction will be held October 10, 11, and a half day on October 12th and then again on November 14,15 and a half day on November 16th, 2018.  The academy will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton​, 175 10th Street East, St. Paul, MN  55105.    

2018 Agenda Now Available! 

The 2018 Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy tentative agenda​ is now available!   With less than a month to go, we're ramping up to welcome the 50 participants selected to attend the training. Please direct any questions regarding the application process or agenda to Joann Jones.   

Questions?  Please contact Joann M. Jones (

MN Office of Justice Programs
MNVAA Director - c/o Joann M. Jones
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2300
St. Paul, MN 55101