Campus Victim/Survivor Advocate and

Campus-Serving Victim/Survivor Advocate

Training & Certification

Level One – Two Days

What makes earning certification with ATIXA unique?

There are a lot of courses out there, and many will teach you compliance. We do more than that, preparing you for the compliance challenges of tomorrow, not just today. We speak OCR fluently. Our certifications are regularly updated to stay fresh, and are developed and presented by the foremost leaders of the field. Our constant refinement of the courses enables us to carefully define and hone best practices to ensure that our attendees fully understand how to get Title IX right. 

Our certifications are taught by faculty who are nationally-recognized experts and field-leading practitioners who guide participants though an unparalleled professional development experience across fourteen different courses. Using case studies, Q&A and illustrative stories, ATIXA trainings are never dull.

Because of our deep involvement in litigation and OCR complaints, ATIXA trainings are designed to empower risk management for your school or college. Through our unmatched understanding of the legal landscape, our team is best positioned to help attendees provide a fair, impartial and equitable resolution of discrimination allegations that will reduce the risk of an OCR complaint or lawsuit by either party. Our goal is to help you ensure their rights, maximize your compliance, and respect the equal dignity of all participants in your process.

Level One – Two Days

Description of the Course
Who Should Attend
Upcoming Training Locations
How is this different from other Certification courses from ATIXA?
What does my certification mean?

Description of Course

This course is designed as the first level of Campus Advocate training. It covers material essential for all campus-based advocates working with survivors of dating/domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. This training is designed to complement and not replace each state’s victim/survivor advocate certification. Campus Advocate training is focused specifically on the unique role of survivor/victim advocates on college and university campuses, including federal requirements under Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and Title IX. Four-Day Advanced Advocacy training options are available upon completion of the two day training. Advanced Advocacy training focuses on higher level advocacy needs such as data management, working with students on interim measures, and in-depth discussions on working with underrepresented student populations.

This introductory advocacy course emphasizes the role of survivor advocates on campus. Faculty for this course have more than 23 years of experience working with survivors of dating/domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault on campus.

Institutions across the country are seeing a marked increase in the number of students who are seeking help after experiencing interpersonal violence during their time on campus. Research and best practice document that confidential advocates improve survivors’ experience when accessing support or seeking a resolution. VAWA regulations now require that student complainants and respondents have access to an advisor of their choice throughout the campus reporting process. Pending federal legislation and OCR guidance both point to the availability of confidential advisors as a best practice for campuses. While every college and university in the country is required by the Department of Education to have a campus Title IX Coordinator, each institution may soon be required to provide a confidential advisor for student survivors as well, either a designated university employee or a contracted local community service provider.

Existing advocates on campus play a significant role in an institution’s compliance with Title IX, the Clery Act, and VAWA section 304. Many campuses are hiring new staff to fill this critical role, sometimes without prior advocacy experience. Other campuses are contracting for these advocacy services with local rape crisis centers, which may lack understanding of federal requirements facing institutions of higher education. This course will address these gaps in knowledge for higher education professionals and local community agency advocates on the specific role of the campus advocate. This introductory course is focused on the nature and dynamics of all forms of interpersonal violence covered under VAWA section 304, the role of advocates in compliance, assisting students through law enforcement and university investigation processes, students’ right to ask for interim measures, best practices for advocating for students on campus, and fostering critical collaborations both on and off campus.

Attendees will participate in a curriculum covering what every campus advocate needs to know to do the job effectively. The two-day course will include case studies and opportunities for participants to grapple with the competing demands of campus advocates in order to best serve survivors. You will not only spend two days with trainers who have expert content knowledge on the topic, but who have worked with hundreds of student survivors throughout their tenure in campus environments.

Click here for a Sample Course Agenda.

Who Should Attend?

  • University-employed campus advocates
  • Community-based domestic violence advocates working with college student populations
  • Community-based sexual assault advocates working with college student populations
  • Student Affairs administrators who oversee advocacy programs
  • Title IX investigators who wish to understand the role of campus advocates in the investigative process
  • Athletics administrators, Senior Administrators, and compliance administrators
  • Campus law enforcement



Upcoming Training Locations

None currently scheduled.

How is this different from our other certifications?

Your trainers are not just topic experts, but practitioners. Members of the faculty for this event have participated in negotiated rulemaking with the Department of Education on VAWA 304 guidance, and served as experts at the national level for institutions seeking to implement advocacy programs on their campuses. They have consulted nationally and internationally and have worked both on campus and in community organizations. The trainers are also at the forefront of research on this field and bring significant evidence-based knowledge to the training curriculum. This is the first training of its kind nationally, and participants will leave with the skill set to serve students in crisis who have been impacted by interpersonal violence while they navigate their recovery process on campus.

 What does my Certification mean?

To obtain a Campus Advocate Certification, you will need to attend the whole event. What does this certificate mean? It means that you have tapped into the unparalleled expertise of ATIXA and the other carefully selected experts in the field.

Once the course is completed, you will receive your certification from ATIXA. Certificates for this training event will be provided to you electronically via our Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program system. A member of our team will be in contact with you via email with instructions on accepting your certification credits in the 7-10 business days following the completion of this course. Learn more about our new program here.

Now you can stay up-to-date! We are excited to announce our online professional development platform called the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program. Our CCC program allows clients of The NCHERM Group, including those certified by ATIXA, to track, maintain and extend their professional development through our programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Certification refers to attendance at a qualifying event; The NCHERM Group cannot speak to individual attendees’ knowledge, expertise, or command of the material.