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 five sessions. To earn the certificate, you must attend all five sessions. The cost of this comprehensive 40-hour certification program is $585. Cost includes expert instruction and training materials.

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
  • Where to find resources and collaborate with federal, state and local agencies

Dates and Time

September 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, October 6th  |  8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fee: $585

Course Description

The following information will be covered in course lectures:

  • Gain an overview of laws regarding crime victims.
  • Navigate the criminal justice system and explore the criminal justice process. 
  • Understand the law as it pertains to juvenile and adult victims. 
  • Learn to navigate professional collaborations between local, federal and state agencies.
  • Study the roles in Advocacy Services during investigations, first-response and court advocacy.
  • Learn to communicate with victims and survivors of crime.

  • Gain a comprehensive overview of forensic interview protocol.
  • Learn to be an effective liaison between victims, survivors, and other key people.  
  • Discuss key communication skills using spiritual and cultural competency.
  • Gain a comprehensive overview of forensic interview protocol.
  • Become an effective liaison between victims, families, law enforcement, media and ER staff.
  • Review crisis intervention and identify client needs.
  • Engage in ethical decision-making 
  • Discover federal, state and local victim-related resources
  • Prioritize response measure for a variety of scenarios


WEEK 1 - Saturday - September 8th   
- Intro to Victim Advocacy (I)
- What is Crime Victim Advocacy 
- Resources and Organizations 
- Victim Rights
- Intro to Victim Advocacy (II)
- Criminal justice system 
- Missouri Restorative Justice Program 
- Missouri Department of Corrections 
- Impact of Crime on Victims Class (ICVC)
- Specialized Advocacy (I)
- Law Enforcement Victim Advocates as on-scene First Responders 
- Domestic violence advocacy and shelter advocacy  
- Specialized Advocacy (II)
- Emergency Room Advocacy 
- Protocol for securing property/pets-emergency services
WEEK 2 - Saturday, September 15th  
- Liaison Practices (I)
- Identifying Law Enforcement objectives in Department Victim Services Programs Coroner's Office, ER staff, Funeral Homes, Police Departments, Media
- Liaison Practices (II)
- Death notifications and injury notifications - working with survivors and family members
in-person, out of state, overseas, within the military and Dept. of Corrections
- Crisis Identification (I)
- Determining crisis levels and situational best practices for high-stress situations
- Crisis Identification (II)
- Defining types of trauma and appropriate crisis intervention for individuals and groups
WEEK 3 - Saturday, September 22nd  
 - Juvenile Crime Victims (I)
- Missouri Laws for the placement of Juvenile victims of crime
- Forensic Interview Protocol for juvenile victims of crime
- Juvenile Crime Victims (II)
- Collaboration agendas for agencies regarding juvenile welfare - working with families, guardians and court advocates for juvenile victims of crime
- Victim Services Agencies
- Working with local, state and federal agencies regarding crime victim services and investigations. 
- Court Processes for Victim Safety 
- Safety plans- long and short-term, ex-partes and restraining orders, protection orders-Victim Witness Statements in court
WEEK 4 - Saturday, September 29th
- Crime Scene Advocacy/Protocol
- Crime Scene staging, crisis intervention, chain of command
- Field Advocacy with Federal Agencies 
- Victim Advocacy across multiple jurisdictions on cases involving local police departments and Federal Agencies-FBI/ICE, Attorney General's Office and federal Victim Advocates.   
- Sexual Assault Response Teams
- Working with sexual assault victims, agency advocates, Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Program 
- Human Trafficking Victims 
- Identifying/Awareness regarding Human Trafficking Victims - Resources/Protocol
WEEK 5 - Saturday, October 6th  
- Disaster Response  
- Large-scale victim assistance regarding natural disaster response and working with multiple agencies
- Multiple Victim Response (I)
- Advocacy, notification and organization of large-scale operations involving active shooter response
- Multiple Victim Response (II)
- Victim Assistance for acts of terrorism- land and sky
- Multiple Victim Response (III)
- Advocacy for hate crimes and targeting of specific cultural and religious groups   


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 and ICE 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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Noncredit Registration Form to: 
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901 S. National
Springfield MO 65897

Faculty and Staff Registration

Faculty and Staff Noncredit Fee Waiver Approved!

MSU employees need to register and pay for these classes through My Learning Connection. Search under category: "Professional Development-Continuing & Distance Education." You can make payment using your MyBenefit account, or pay by credit card or electronic check. Please direct questions about your MyBenefit account to HR Organizational and Talent Development at 417-836-5779. Other course questions please call Cody Brewington at 417-836-8974.