Approved Trainings

These trainings have been approved by OVSEC. It is the VSP's responsibility to register for these approved trainings. Please click on the course title for registration information and course details.

If you were hired on or after January 1, 2009, please see the OVSEC basic training courses.

October 3 thru 5, 2018: When Faith Hurts - Equipping the Church for Faithful Response to Child Abuse and Its Implications for Congregational Care

Sponsor: Julie Valentine Center

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Training Information: This training will prepare attendees to recognize and respond to cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. We will discuss the prevalence of child abuse, the impact of abuse on spirituality, the interest offenders have in churches and faith-based camps and schools, and will offer suggestions for working to assist a child in coping with maltreatment. The training will also discuss ideal child protection policies for a faith-based institution, including handling a situation in which a convicted sex offender seeks to join a congregation.

CVST Approved Credit: 15.5 VSP specialized credit hours (if attending entire training)

  • Note –This training does not qualify as “Basic Core” Training

Date: October 3 thru 5, 2018
Location: Fellowship Greenville - 3161 SC -14, Greenville, SC 29615
For more information: contact Carrie Nettles at or 864-331-0560 ext.230
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Topics will include:

The impact of child abuse on a victim's sense of spirituality and concrete suggestions for working with medical and mental health professionals to assist a child in coping with maltreatment. Ideal child protection policies for a faith-based institution, including handling a situation in which a convicted sex offender seeks to join a congregation.

Review of various child abuse case scenarios and appropriate and inappropriate responses.

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October 11, 2018: Assessing and Managing Risk in Intimate Partner Violence

Sponsor: South Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA)

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  • Participants will identify five types of potential killers
  • Participants will learn basic elements of assessing for risk in Abuser Intervention Programs
  • Participants will identify risk management strategies for different types of high risk clients
  • Participants will identify ways of documenting risk t partners, probation and child welfare

Date: October 11, 2018 - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Approved Credit Hours: 5 hours of specialized Training
Location: Courtyard Downtown at USC 630 Assembly Street Columbia, SC 29201
Contact: Courtney Paul at 803.256.2900 or
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  • 9:00 am - Registration
  • 9:30 am – Nine common myths about abusers and how they matter
  • 10:45 am – BREAK
  • 12:00 am – LUNCH
  • 1:30 pm – Assessing Risk in Abuser Intervention Programs
  • 2:30 pm – BREAK
  • 2:45 pm – Assessing and Managing High Risk Clients in BIPs
  • 4:00 pm – Ongoing Risk Management
  • 4:30 pm – Wrap-up/End of Day

October 12, 2018: Domestic Violence Awareness Training

Sponsor: Safe Passage Inc.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Training

Date and time: – October 12, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House 2275 India Hook Road Rock Hill, SC 29732

CVST Approved Credit: 5.5 VSP credit hours

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Course Agenda:

October 12, 2018

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am – Sign in & Registration & Welcome
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Jenny Desch, Esq. York County Solicitor’s Office Prosecuting DV Cases
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Sabrina Gast Coroner – York County Coroner’s Office Investigating DV Homicides
  • 11:00 am – 11:15 am – Break
  • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm – Shannon Myers, M.Ed Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services The Role of PPP in DV Cases
  • 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch Provided
  • 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Tiffany Byrd, Esq. LMSW Child Advocacy Center Coordinator, Safe Passage, Inc. The Effects of DV on Children
  • 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm – Break
  • 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm – Rachel Yount, MSW. LCSW (LISW-CP) – Safe Passage, Inc. Domestic Violence in Our community: An Open Discussion
  • 4:00 pm – 4:15 pm – Closing Remarks – DeNea Means Domestic Violence Services Coordinator – Safe Passage, Inc. 053

October 23, 2018: Victim/Witness Intimidation Training

Sponsor: S C Office of the Attorney General - Dept. of Crime Victim Compensation

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Victim/Witness Intimidation Training

Training Information:

This training is designed to enhance the learner’s knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner victim/witness intimidation, and create a sound knowledge of recognition, response, investigation, and prosecution of stalking and witness intimidation. The unit will also enhance coordinated efforts between victim advocacy, law enforcement, prosecution, and other criminal justice and service-providing agencies.

Date and time: – October 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Charleston, SC

CVST Approved Credit: 5.75 VSP credit hours

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Training Agenda:

October 23, 2018

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am – Registration
  • 9:00 am – 9:10 am – Welcome and Introductions: Sheriff J. Al Cannon Jr., Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson, D. Scott Beard, DCVC Deputy Director
  • 9:10 am – 10:20 am – Defining Victim and Witness Intimidation Rhonda Martinson, J.D.
  • 10:20 am – 10:35 am – Break
  • 10:35 am – 12:05 pm – Evidence Collection and Documentation Rhonda Martinson, J.D.
  • 12:05 pm – 12:45 pm – Lunch
  • 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm - Break
  • 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Coordinated Community Response to Intimidation Rhonda Martinson, J.D.

November 27, 2018: Basic Core Training for Victim Service Providers

Sponsor: South Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA)

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SCCADVASA’s Basic Training for Victim Service Providers provides an intensive, interactive learning experience where new victim service providers gain the foundational knowledge and professional skills they need to use a strengths-based approach to provide direct services to Victims of Crime, while also advocating for the rights of survivors, educating to bring about awareness and prevention, and collaborating with allies across the state.

This Training is delivered through a combination of in-person and online training modules, so that individuals can receive the majority of the training at whatever time and location is convenient to them. Participants must first complete the online portion of the training before attending the in-person training. The online training takes approximately 13 hours in total to complete and is comprised of smaller lessons and activities so that participants can take it at their own pace.

Dates: Online portion– must be completed prior to attending the in-person portion of this training

In-Person portion – November 27, 2018

Location: Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC 2711 Middleburg Dr. Suite 115, Columbia, SC 29210

OVSEC-Course # 0848
Approved Credit Hours: 16.50
Core Courses:Basic VSPs will be able to complete all 15 hours of their core requirement by completing this Training.

*You must attend the entire training to receive any VSP Continuing Education Credits.

Contact:Courtney Paul at 803.256.2900 or

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There is a registration fee of $100 that must be paid prior to accessing the online portion of the training.

* Important Reminder: Participants are not permitted to attend the in-person portion of the Basic Training for Victim Service Providers without first completing the online portion and filling out the evaluation at the end. See above for more information.

In-Person Training Agenda:

Tuesday November 27, 2018

  • 10:00am – 10:15am – Registration
  • 10:15am – 10:35am – Welcome
  • 10:35am – 10:50am – Online Training Review
  • 10:50am – 11:20pm –Victim Blaming
  • 11:20pm – 12:20pm – Victim’s Compensation
  • 12:20pm – 1:30pm – Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Equity in Victim Services
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Navigating the system
  • 3:30pm – 3:45pm – Evaluation and Wrap-up

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Date and Time:Ongoing
Approved Credit Hours: up to 24 continuing education hours for grandfathered VSPs only
Location: Online
OVSEC-Course # 0064
Sponsor: Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center

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ONGOING: Victims’ Rights and Mandated Services: An Online Notifier/Support Staff Training
*This online training is approved for Notifiers/Support Staff*

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Date and Time:Ongoing
Approved Credit Hours: 2.0
Location: Online Course

OVSEC-Course # 0756
Act 141 Approved Training % : 100
Core Courses: This training covers the following portion(s) of the Core Requirements for BASIC VSPs:

  • 2.0 hour – SC Victims’ Rights/Compliance/Statutes

Sponsor: Office of the Crime Victims’ Ombudsman
Contact: Veronica Swain Kunz at

This is a FREE online training for Notifiers/Support Staff. For more information, or to register, please email with the following information:

  • Name
  • Agency
  • VSP ID Number
  • Work Email Address

IMPORTANT: OVSEC will receive a list of everyone who successfully completes this training in order for participants to obtain credit. Once the CVO receives your request to complete this online Notifier/Support Staff training, you’ll be sent an invitation to access the web site. You have two weeks from receipt of the invitation to complete the training or your invitation will expire. You must correctly answer questions throughout the training in order to receive credit.

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This webinar will provide the 2 hours of mandated biennial training for Notifiers/Support Staff.