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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 35 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

For additional information about the Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy, please contact Danette Buskovick at


Future Training Dates

To be announced