Professional Development

Professionalization of Victim Services

Victim services as an occupation can be considered an emerging profession. While there have been various discussions and initiatives regarding the professionalization of victim services, it is a concept that has not been well-defined or considered in a comprehensive manner. The goal of the program is to enhance awareness and understanding by victim service practitioners and policy-makers of the issues that pertain to professionalization and to identify strategies for the evolution of the victim services occupation to a profession. This one day program consists of presentation, facilitated group discussion, small group activities, and individual exercises in the development of a comprehensive plan. Much of the program is based on research supported by the JCVVS in the study of victim services professionalization.

 Professional Development Hours: 6