CISM Training – Whitecourt

Eagle Tower Victim Services

The Individual Crisis Intervention/Peer Support Course is a 2-day program that is designed for those who have no previous CISM experience or formal training. On completion of this training, students will be able to participate as a junior member of an experienced CISM Team in delivering peer interventions with individuals in crisis. International Critical Incident Stress Foundation certificates will be issued to those successfully completing the program. The course also attracts 1.3 Continuing Education Units (CEU’S) issued by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Delivered by Trina Noseworthy, Instructor for SD Solutions, Trina has worked in Emergency Services Dispatch for over 23 years, serving alongside of Police, Fire and EMS responders. She began as a Peer on the Calgary Fire Department Team in 1999, and subsequently organized and coordinated the Public Safety Communications CISM team for the Tri Services model of dispatch for the City of Calgary from 2006 – 2014. She has led numerous group and individual crisis interventions in that role and has been called upon to support other agencies, including response to the Pine Lake Tornado, the City of Calgary floods and organizing Crisis Management Briefings for other City departments.
Trina’s skills and experience are enhanced by additional continuing education in the field of CISM, which includes ICISF certification in Families and CISM – developing a Comprehensive Program and Comprehensive Crisis Preparation and Response for the Workplace. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Law from Carleton University and is also a Canadian Risk Manager (CRA).

DATE: Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th, 2019
TIME: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
LOCATION: Whitecourt Firehall – 5205 51 Street
Register By: Email: | Phone: 780-779-5924
Mail To: Box 537 Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N6
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PRIMARY OCCUPATION: Fire | EMS | Psychologist | Social Worker | Counselor | Victim Services | Law Enforcement | Education | Healthcare | Military | Faith-Based Providers | Business & Industry | EAP | Student | Other: ______________________________________________________________________
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Registration is limited to first 30 PAID applicants. Minimum 20 registrations to hold course.
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Cheque for $350.00 (Includes: materials, continental breakfasts, lunches, snacks).
Payable to Eagle Tower Victim Service Unit
For additional information contact: Tina Prodaniuk @ 780-268-1525
CISM – International Critical Incident Stress Individual Crisis

Supreme Court decision on Victim Fine Surcharge

“Supreme Court quashes mandatory victims’ surcharge for convicted criminals”



SUBJECT: Supreme Court Ends Mandatory Victims’ Surcharge

The APBVSA was established as a non-profit society in 1997 when police-based programs across the Province identified the need for a collective voice for programs. The APBVSA is an accredited organization through Imagine Canada and the largest, police-based, victim services association in Canada. Membership includes 78 police-based victim service programs operating in all jurisdictions in Alberta. The Association offers training, professional development, a biennial conference, administration of group liability and a wide range of other insurance policies for programs. The APBVSA provides mentoring and support to programs; including managers, paid staff, volunteers and boards. In recent years, the Association has worked closely with Alberta Justice & Solicitor General, Victims Programs, on training initiatives such as the development of Program Manager Competencies, Advocate Competencies, follow-up actions relating to the Auditor General’s review of the Victims of Crime Fund (VOCF) and Gap Analysis Discussions (GAD Analysis) report. Victims of crime programs as described are funded by the Victims of Crime Fund which is sustained by an added surcharge on conviction for an offence in Alberta against provincial laws and the criminal code, monies are not tax dollars.

“Supreme Court quashes mandatory victims’ surcharge for convicted criminals”


The Association is now considering the potential impacts from the recent ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada that ends the assessing of a victim surcharge upon conviction for criminal offences. In Alberta there is also a victim surcharge applied to provincial offences and the extent to which this ruling will affect that is unknown at this time.

Victims of crime and tragedy in Alberta are assisted by local volunteer advocates in their communities. These volunteer groups rely on funds generated by the surcharge to provide administration and a variety of services in the work of supporting victims. The monies are held in the Victims of Crime Fund and accessed through a grant process managed by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. The fund also supports payments to victims through a financial benefits program and those fleeing domestic violence.

“Loss of this funding will lead to critical gaps”, says Alf Rudd President of the Alberta Police Based Victim Service Association, “recent progress made by the JSG in ensuring funding reaches all victims in Alberta is now placed in jeopardy”.


Inquiries: Alf Rudd 403-634-9460

Improving the Justice System for Victims

CSC reporting on Ombudsman’s position on victim rights

Improving Justice for Victims

“The system needs to be more flexible and adaptable in terms of particularly with people that participate, for example, vulnerable victims such as children, older persons, persons with disabilities.”

One of the reports also suggests putting victims at the centre of the debate over proposed plea bargains by allowing the court to hear from them before a guilty plea is made “in order to have the opportunity to have their views heard and considered.” The report notes variations of this kind of law exist in Colorado and California. The ombudsman also advocated for having victims make submissions to the court when a decision might affect their safety, such as in a bail hearing.

Questionnaire for Victims of Crime and Trauma

The Bow Valley Victim Services Association, in conjunction with the Alberta Police Based Victim Services Association is undertaking a very exciting project – asking victims of crime and trauma across Alberta if the services we provided were of help and met their needs.

But for this project to succeed, we need your help. We are therefore inviting you to complete this voluntary and anonymous questionnaire if you have ever received assistance from a police-based victim service program in Alberta. This questionnaire is accessible via Survey Monkey at –

Once complete, the results from this study will help all police-based victim service programs better understand the services we provide, which in turn will assist others who have experienced crime or a traumatic event.

Media Release re: Auditor General’s Report into VOCF – February 11, 2016

Statement from the Alberta Police-Based Victim Service Association (APBVSA) regarding the Auditor General’s Report into the Victims of Crime Fund

The APBVSA, a non-profit group that supports all 76 police-based programs who in turn provide support to 153 service delivery areas acknowledges the findings of the Auditor General’s Report into the Victims of Crime Fund (VOCF) that was released February 10, 2016.

In December of 2015 the APBVSA had the opportunity to meet with Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley as well as contribute to the Auditor General’s review of the VOCF.   Both were very productive and positive meetings where the Association had the opportunity to discuss the numerous successes and challenges faced by Victim Service Programs across the Province.

The APBVSA acknowledges that some of our programs are underfunded and understaffed while we have seen an overall increase in violent crime over the years.  During that time, funding has remained stagnant, or in some cases incurred a reduction.  We appreciate that the Auditor General has acknowledged that and made specific recommendations to address those issues.  We are also aware that some of the barriers and challenges faced by the VOCF program management are as a result of Treasury Board’s budgetary process.  These are all issues that have been in existence for numerous years and that have contributed to the increase in the surplus.

The APBVSA continues to be involved in positive discussions with staff from the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Department as well as the Director of Victim Services.  We trust that the new Government and Minister are now fully aware of some of the long standing issues with the VOCF and that they are committed to putting in place business and budgeting practices that continue to support and enhance existing police-based victim services programs, victims of crime and the citizens of Alberta.


Brian Turpin
President, APBVSA
Program Manager, Peace Regional Victim Services