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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 at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), in St. Cloud, Minnesota. 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 may be available for an additional fee. For more details on the course, please see the Sample Foundations Academy Agenda


2014 Training Dates for 2014 

The 2014 Academy will be held October 1, 2 and a half day on October 3rd, and then again on November 5, 6 and a half day on November 7th, 2014.


2014 MNVAA Student Application

Applications for the 2014 Academy will be accepted until September 1, 2014. Please complete the application form and submit it electronically to Joann Jones ( You may also mail in your application to: 

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