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The 11th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime will be held December 1113, 2008, in Palm Springs, California. This event will focus on innovation and successful victim programs and strategies as well as providing current information and promising practices from the field.

This national conference will provide opportunities for participants to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas for developing and improving strategies and programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian Country.

The workshops, plenary sessions, and Pre-Conference Institutes will be exciting, challenging, and filled with information that you can take back and use immediately in your community.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in strengthening the heartbeat of all our relations in Indian Country including:

Tribal Service Providers including

  • Victim Advocates
  • Child Protection Case Workers
  • Child Advocates
  • Social Services
  • Elder Services
  • Medical Personnel
  • Law Enforcement
  • Prosecutors and Judges
  • Probation/Corrections
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Traditional Healers

Community Members including

  • Tribal Leaders
  • Victims/Survivors of Crime
  • Tribal Elders & Youth
  • Tribal College Faculty and Students
  • Federal and State Service Providers in Indian Country

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education for this event is sponsored by The Institute for Continuing Education. Credit is awarded on a session-by-session basis, with full attendance required for the sessions attended. The continuing education processing fee is $40.00. The program offers contact hours per day as follows: December 10: 6 hours; December 11: 6 hours.; December 12: 6 hrs.; December 13: 3 hrs. If you have questions regarding continuing education credit, contact hours offered, the program, presenters, or for a listing of learning objectives by session, please contact The Institute for Continuing Education at: 251-990-5030; FAX: 251-990-2665.

Who Should Attend: Psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage/family therapists, drug-alcohol counselors, mental health professionals, nurses, attorneys, Native American advocates, and all allied health professionals who work with Native Americans.

Skills Level: Scheduled sessions are open to all Conference registrants. Sessions have not been ranked according to skill level, due to the interdisciplinary nature of this event. Registrants are urged to review the program descriptions to determine appropriateness for personal and professional goals.

Non-Credit Sessions: Continuing education credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, dinner, reception events; poster sessions, board meetings, networking sessions, advocacy meetings. If you have questions regarding events for which continuing education is offered, please contact The Institute for Continuing Education at the numbers listed above.

  • Counseling: The Institute for Continuing Education is an NBCC approved continuing education provider and a cosponsor of the event. The Institute for Continuing Education may award NBCC approved clock/contact hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content. NBCC provider No. 5643.
  • Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) 1007. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for license renewal.
    California Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider No. PCE636.
    Ohio Counselor and Social Work Provider No. RCS 03001.
    Florida Board of SW, MFT, Counseling Provider No. BAP 255
    , expiration 03/09.
  • Marriage Family Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider No. PCE 636.
  • Drug-Alcohol: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) to provide continuing education for alcohol and drug abuse counselors. NAADAC Provider No. 00243.
  • Nursing: The Institute for Continuing Education is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the California Board of Nursing, Provider No. CEP 12646.
  • Legal: Application will be made to the State Bar of California for approval of appropriate Conference workshops for continuing legal education.
  • Law Enforcement: Law enforcement professionals who make application for continuing education will receive verification of contact hours earned in Conference participation, which may be submitted to their POST. It is the responsibility of law enforcement professionals to check with their POST to determine if such documentation will qualify for the awarding of POST credit.
  • Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is an organization approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Not all sessions may offer CE credit for psychologists. The CE packet available on site at the Conference CE desk will indicate those sessions approved for psychologists. If you would like a listing of the sessions approved for psychologists prior to the Conference, contact The Institute at: 251-990-5030; FAX: 251-990-2665.

Tribal Flags

We are asking that a representative from each tribe bring their tribal flag so that flags from all Indian Nations represented can be displayed throughout the conference and recognized during the opening session.


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This conference and conference web site are funded under grant 2005-VR-GX-K001 from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice. Site created and maintained by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, Inc.