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Training Opportunities and Announcements

The Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy (ACFTA) consists of both independent online training (approximately 23 hours) as well as 20-25 hours of in-person training, recently provided virtually.

Currently this training is being revised and updated, and registration will be available after September 1, 2021. Please visit this page after that date or contact Angelia Trujillo, Primary Nurse Planner at the Alaska Nurses Association, at to ask questions or express interest in participating.

Additional information can be found at Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  

Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Training

November 16-19, 2021 * Virtual Online Training

Deadline for Applications is October 15, 2021.
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by October 22, 2021.

Applications are currently being accepted for this full SART training which will be conducted live, online. Accomodations are in place to support those with limited or no internet connectivity but who can participate via the phone. There is no registration fee, however applicants will need to be accepted into the training in order to participate. Continuing Medical Education credits and (APSC) Alaska Police Standards Council credits are offered with full participation.

Click on the link, below, to apply and choose 2021 Fall SART Training 


Who is eligible to participate in this training? Members of active SAR Teams (advocates, nurses/forensic examiners, law enforcement, prosecutors, and paralegals) across the state of Alaska including those without a full team in their community but who respond to sexual assault reports and coordinate with teams in other communities to provide a full continuum of care to victims.

What is SART? A Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a multidisciplinary interagency team consisting of victim advocates, law enforcement officers, forensic examiners (such as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners), crime lab personnel, and prosecutors. The team provides a coordinated, efficient, and supportive response to persons who have been sexually assaulted that focuses on the victim’s needs and choices. The team’s response is designed to reduce the trauma of a sexual assault by providing victim-centered advocacy, care, and services, and to increase the likelihood that assaults can be successfully prosecuted. 


SART training objectives include:

  • Learning to treat victims/survivors with dignity, respect, and empathy

  • Learning the roles of each of the disciplines in the SAR Team

  • Learning assault response options and processes

  • Learning discipline-related skills for responding to a SART call

  • Building relationships with individuals from the other disciplines within your geographic area to lay the foundation for effective working relationships

Contact Marjorie Hamburger, Program Coordinator, (907) 465-4673,

SART trainings are sponsored by the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in partnership with the Alaska State Troopers, State of Alaska Department of Law, the Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA), the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, and the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center. AaNA is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   





2021 Virtual Alaska Health Summit

"Public Health During Changing Times" taking place online from January 26-28, 2021.
Information at:

2021 Virtual Prevention Summit
Taking place online from February 24-26, 2021. More to be posted.


Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

This 30-hour online course is designed to increase understanding of the ways in which domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) impact out world, our communities, and our personal lives. The course is facilitated by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, a statewide DV/SA coalition. Topics include an overview of DV and SA, the impact of DV on children, trauma informed care, mandated reporting of child and vulnerable adult abuse, confidentiality, protective orders, safety planning, historical trauma, crisis and suicide intervention, and vicarious trauma. For more information go to:




NVAA trainings provide an intensive, interactive learning experience to develop your professional skills and knowledge. OVC TTAC delivers NVAA trainings using a blended learning approach—a combination of highly interactive, self-paced training and collaborative, facilitated webinars. They are free of charge and led by national subject matter experts.