Programs & Trainings

N.C. Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy

The NC Victim Service Practitioner Certification Program is a program that is designed to certify those who provide services to victims of crime. The purpose of this training is to unite all persons in North Carolina who currently have experience in serving crime victims. Though many are seasoned in providing services to victims, the certification program aims to set a uniform standard for training professionals in crime victims services in North Carolina. Through an application process and ensuing training academy, service providers may become certified in areas of crime victim services.

Benefits of Certification
  • Recognition of professional skills and competence
  • Recognition of specialized victim service training and experience
  • A demonstrated commitment to professional development
  • Networking opportunities
  • Increased value to employers and the community

How do I become involved in the Certification Program?
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Six months of victim services experience
  • Complete Application
  • Accept the Code of Ethics
  • Possess a clean criminal background
  • Attend the week long Academy
2016-17 Academy Faculty

Jane Jackson, JD
Assistant United States Attorney
Deputy Criminal Chief
Violent Crimes Section
US Attorney’s Office – Eastern District

Barb Kocher, JD
Assistant United States Attorney
Violent Crimes Section
United States Attorney’s Office – Eastern District

Dr. Rumay Alexander
Clinical Professor
Director of Multi-cultural Affairs
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Jon Powell, JD – Director
Juvenile Justice Project
Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
Campbell University

David Elliott, JD - Director
Victims and Citizens Section
North Carolina Department of Justice

Michael Parker
Former District Attorney
Police Attorney, Fayetteville Police Department

John Guard
Sgt., Pitt Co. Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Unit

Sabrina Garcia, M.A.
Crisis Counselor/Hostage Negotiator
Chapel Hill Police Department

Millard Shepherd
Retired - Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services Division

Kit Gruelle
Victim Advocate/Community Advocate
Co- Producer - Private Violence

Jane Allen Wilson
Victim Advocate/Domestic Violence Trainer
Family Violence & Rape Crisis Center

Scott Bass

Janice Carmichael
Director of Victim Services
Department of Public Safety

Karen Fairley
NCSAVAN Administrator
NC Department of Public Safety

SFC Kristian Hall
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
NC National Guard

Kristen Howe
Director of Training
North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Amy Feath, Executive Director
Carousel Center Child Advocacy Center

Nimasheena Burns
Outreach Officer
Scams, Fraud, Cybercrimes and Child Internet Safety
North Carolina Department of Justice

Pam Dickens
Systems Change Manager
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities

  • History of the Victims’ Movement
  • Theory of Crisis Intervention/Victim Empathy
  • Advocacy for Victims of Homicide
  • Victim's Compensation
  • Serving Victims in a Military Setting
  • Sexual Violence
  • Serving Victims with Disabilities
  • Criminal Justice Professionals: The Barriers We Face
  • Child Victims
  • Domestic Violence
  • Restorative Justice
  • Victims and Technology
  • District Attorney’s Role in Assisting Victims
  • Stalking
  • Human Trafficking
  • Federal Victims’ Rights
  • Cultural Relevancy
  • Building Relationships for Community Advocacy
  • Value Clarification & Ethics
When is the next Certification Academy?

The next Academy is scheduled for March 13-17, 2017 at the Administrative Office of the Courts Complex at 901 Corporate Center Drive in Raleigh, NC.

Who can I contact for more information?

Call (919) 831-2857 or email or

How much does it cost to attend the Academy?

Registration cost is $200.00 and must be received no later than two weeks before the academy. If the applicant's confirmation is not secured by the deadline, the applicant's place in the academy will be cancelled and filled with the next applicant on the waiting list (unless payment arrangements have been made with the Director of Training).
This registration cost is non-refundable.

Hotel accommodations:
The Wingate Hotel (by Wyndam) at State Arena/Cary is offering a special rate through 2/27/17. Please make your reservation online at or contact them directly at 919.847.7383.


Upon acceptance please complete the registration form that will be sent to you.

Credit Information:

CICP credits are being offered for Law Enforcement through the NC Justice Academy.

How long does certification last?

The cost of re-certification is $125.00. Additionally, certified practitioners must submit documentation of 20 hours of continuing education to the NC Victim Service Practitioner Oversight Committee every three (3) years to be re-certified. Click here for more information on Re-Certification.

To review the application and brochure from past classes, please click below. Updated documents will be posted when dates are confirmed.

Download Academy Application