About the program
This online program will benefit professionals within a variety of occupational fields providing services to victims of crime including social services, child protection, crisis response, the criminal justice system and in policy areas related to victimization. Students develop an understanding of victims' rights, sudden and traumatic loss, victim populations, crime and its effects on victims in the criminal justice system. History and theories of victimization are explored along with victim services agencies in the planning, delivery and evaluation of victim services and advocacy. Specific course emphasis is given to issues such as childhood physical and sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.
University degree in one of the following fields of study; social work, criminology, law, psychology, counseling, nursing, sociology or other related degree,
A college diploma in social services, youth services, police foundations, early childhood education, community and justice services, or any other related area, or equivalent.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Submit a current resume and a letter of application outlining why you are applying to the program directly to the Conestoga Admissions Office.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
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- Assess individuals, families and groups for the risk and experience of victimization.
- Advocate for victims of crime within the criminal justice and other systems.
- Plan, implement and evaluate interventions aimed at prevention and healing for victims of crime.
- Develop plans to refer victims of crime to appropriate services.
- Identify, analyze and apply current research and theory to victim services.
- Assess the personal impact of delivering victim services and employ self-care strategies.
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The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.