Professional Development

Leadership in Victim Services

The field of victim services was pioneered by those who had the vision, passion, and tenacity to challenge the status quo. These leaders realized significant gains in rights and services that continue today. But are the leadership qualities and skills needed for a social movement the same as those needed to lead an emerging profession in the 21st century and beyond? This two-day seminar adopts a holistic framework with focus on the complex interaction between self and organization in leadership development. The program instructional design – from the communication and assignments presented to you before the program, presentation and facilitated dialogue, and application activities – challenge participants to critically reflect on their own leadership capacity and to identify strategies for continued leadership professional development through an Individualized Leadership Action Plan.

Program Information


The following is a general framework of time and content. Schedule is subject to change.

 Day 1

8:15 - 8:45


8:45 - 12:00 

Perspectives of Leadership

Exploration of what leadership means, review of key theories including leadership styles, and discussion of followership.

1:00 – 4:15


Organizational Context of Leadership

Focus on the role of leadership in forming organizational purpose, an analysis of internal and external factors that may help or hinder that purpose, and a leadership framework for realizing organizational change. 

4:15 – 4:45

Individualized Leadership Action Plan

Discussion and reflections that contribute to development of an Individualized Leadership Action Plan. 

 Day 2

8:15 – 8:45

Review and Applications

8:45 – 12:00

Relational Context of Leadership

Leadership is about relationship with others. This section focuses on communication essentials, including dealing with conflict, exploration of motivators, and identification and strategies for enhancing social networks.

1:00 – 2:30

Relational Context of Leadership (continued)

2:30 – 4:00

The Leadership Legacy

Leadership legacy refers to what is transmitted by or received from a predecessor. This session focuses on what kind of legacy the leaders in the field, in the community, and in the organization will leave. This includes discussion on what constitutes high capacity organizations, effectiveness of self and systems, and succession planning. 

4:00 – 4:45

Advancing Leadership

This wrap-up session focuses on the transfer of learning and challenges participants to identify the next steps of their leadership development.   

Contract Fee

In an attempt to make the program as affordable as possible to the contract organization, the contract fee is a fixed base cost of $2,000 for up to eight participants with an additional $100 assessed for every participant over the base.







This fee covers all program instruction and materials. The JCVVS will also provide a program flyer the organization may distribute as hard copy or electronically. Other costs to the contract organization include travel and accommodations for instructors, and minimal on-site copy.

Course Materials

A participant guide written developed specifically for the program is provided, as are other handouts as content supplements.


“Great presenter … Every director needs to come to this. Great learning new techniques.”

“Appreciate open discussion and presenter’s familiarity with our field …Wonderful facilitator – great group participation and discussion.”

"Very engaging! As a new leader in my program I really enjoyed how much I took out of this training.”

“This will help me very much in my new position.”