Assumption University's Training for Advocates, Approved by NACP

Oct. 19, 2022
Maria LeDoux

The National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) has approved Assumption University’s basic introductory training program for advocates. Students who complete the new courses: Victim Advocacy: Working with Survivors of Violence and Introduction to Gender Based Violence, a pre-requisite to the first (launching Spring 2023), will  be eligible for the NACP Provisional Credential, at minimum, with the potential of higher-level credentials based on experience.

The University will be listed by the NACP as an institution in Massachusetts offering this pre-approved program to become a Credentialed Advocate.

In the 2021-2022 academic year, Cinzia Pica, Ed.D., director of Women’s Studies, Angela Kaufman-Parks, Ph.D., chair of the Sociology and Criminology department and Christian Williams, Ph.D., assistant professor of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, collaborated to create the new courses with the intent to apply for this credential, allowing students considering careers in advocacy an easier pathway to be certified by the NACP.

“This credential has broad appeal for health and human service providers, school counselors, mental health providers, nurses and other medical professionals along with professionals working in the criminal justice system,” said Dr. Pica.