Crime Victim Advocate Certificate Program

Interested in learning how to serve victims and survivors? Our Crime Victim Advocate Certification Program teaches you how. You can also earn valuable CEU’s for the following careers:

  • Social Service Providers
  • Corrections Personnel
  • Juvenile Officers
  • Victim Service Providers

  • Mental Health Providers

  • Child Development Specialists
  • Nurses
  • Paralegals
  • Law Enforcement Officers

Course material is taught over six sessions. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six sessions. The cost of this comprehensive 36-hour certification program is $585. Cost includes expert instruction and training materials.  In addition, this course can be modified for individual agencies ranging from a one, two, or three day workshop upon request.  

In this course, you'll learn:

  • Victim advocacy
  • How to strengthen existing practices regarding laws, forensic practices, and on-scene first-responder advocacy
  • Disaster response, multiple victims, active shooter and acts of terrorism
  • Where to find resources and collaborate with federal, state and local agencies

Dates and Time

  • June 9-10, June 23-24, and July 7-8, 2022  |  9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • July 28-29, Aug. 11-12, and Aug. 25-26, 2022  |  9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • Sept. 15-16, Sept. 29-30, and Oct. 13-14, 2022  |  9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Registration Fee for Agencies, Individuals, and Students: $585 
(Agency funding for this program available through the State Services to Victims Fund & Victims of Crime Act VOCA Funds)

Course Description

The following information will be covered in course lectures:

  • Gain overview of laws regarding crime victims and explore the Criminal Justice process
  • Human Trafficking Identification and Awareness
  • American/Foreign Victim’s Rights and Legislation
  • Active shooter response advocacy for multiple victims
  • Multiple victim advocacy for community response planning & acts of terrorism
  • Sexual Assault Advocacy -SART-Sexual Assault Response Team Collaboration
  • Crisis Intervention – Defining types of Trauma – Advocacy in High Stress Situations 
  • Domestic Violence Advocacy – Safety Planning, Orders of Protection, Legislation
  • Advocacy Response for Natural Disasters – Communications, Shelters, EMT/ER
  • Hate Crime Advocacy for Targeted Community Demographics-Cultural Competency
  • Advocacy for Juvenile victims of crime – Forensic Interview Protocol, Legislation
  • Advocacy for Victims of Stalking-Cyber Crimes - Workplace Harassment
  • Emergency Room/Hospital Advocacy-Agency Protocol – Liaison Practices, Media, LE
  • Collaboration with Federal , State and Local Agencies – Resources, Legislation
Additionally, this training series can be modified to 1, 2, or 3 day CEU training options that are available on request for any Law Enforcement or agency providing services to victims.  These courses can be onsite or live-online via Zoom.       


Claudia Roshto is an Instructor with a professional background that includes being a Crime Victim Advocate for the Independence, MO Police Department/Investigations Unit. On-call First Responder to Violent crime scenes skilled in crisis intervention and comprehensive advocacy services.  Ms. Roshto has worked with the Attorney General’s Office, FBI, Immigration, and the Missouri Department of Corrections.  She is the past Vice-President of MOVA and author of a P.O.S.T Certified Training for Law Enforcement on Advocacy. 


Meyer Alumni Center 314B   |   Missouri State University 

Parking is free at the Meyer Alumni Center. There are ample dining options within walking distance on campus. If you are traveling from out-of-town, we may be able to suggest lodging at nearby hotels at a discounted rate.

Contact Cody Brewington at 417-836-8974 or email at

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Download and mail 
Noncredit Registration Form to: 
Missouri State University
Outreach Noncredit Programs
901 S. National
Springfield MO 65897


Call: 417-836-8974 (ask for Cody Brewington)

Toll-free: 877-678-2005

Fax: 417-836-8742

Faculty and Staff Registration

Faculty and Staff Noncredit Fee Waiver Approved!

MSU employees can register and pay for this course through My Learning Connection. Payment can be made using your noncredit fee waiver and/or your MSU account.

Questions? Please contact Cody Brewington at 417-836-8974.