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Victim Advocacy


Certificate Course 

This program is designed to train and qualify students to provide assistance to crime victims, both inside and outside of the courtroom. Participants will be prepared to work with state and county governments as advocates for crime victims, assisting them in progressing through the criminal justice system and toward successful recovery.

There are no prerequisites, but students will be expected to complete some homework. This non-credit program will award successful graduates a Certificate of Completion from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Topics of Study:

Legal terminology and the legal process, theories of victimization, effects of crime on victims, guidelines for responding to victims of crime and trauma, and crime victim statutes.

Crisis theories and the role of the crisis interventionist, how to respond to crisis situations, understanding the actual nature of the crisis, assessing the victim's situation, and implementing effective listening skills to determine the best support system for the victim.

Facts and myths regarding domestic violence, crimes against children, sexual assault and related crimes, restraining orders, basic police procedures, guidelines for assisting those dealing with the death of a loved one, and the role of the victim advocate. Job search strategies will also be discussed.

Textbooks: No required textbook.

This course is an online Course or can be purchased as on a DVD (media is INCLUDED in the cost of the course) or text.
Call or go online for prices.

Online Schedule:

New sessions begin every 8 weeks.
2016 Session 2: March 7 - April 22, 2016
2016 Session 3: May 2 - June 17, 2016
2016 Session 4: June 27 - August 12, 2016
2016 Session 5: August 22 - October 7, 2016
2016 Session 6: October 17 - December 2, 2016
2017 Session 1: January 10 - February 25, 2017

Course Tuition: $645

Registration Information
It is recommended that you complete the registration form and mail it with your check or credit card information.

The Center For Legal Studies
523 Park Point Dr., Ste. 320
Golden, CO 80401

Or register by:

Phone: 1-800-522-7737
Fax: 303-271-1777