NVFS Launches Caravel Institute – an Online Training Center for Social Service Professionals

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The Caravel Institute will employ our expertise in coordination with national thought leaders to deliver training and technical assistance to professionals across the nation. This virtual classroom is dynamic, interactive and flexible.

Oakton, VA (Vocus) October 6, 2010

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), a nationally recognized nonprofit known for expertise in multicultural mental health, emergency response and special foster care, is proud to announce the launch of the Caravel Institute.

The Institute will serve as an online training center for social service agencies, law enforcement, school guidance counselors and military family service providers, who are all facing an increasing need to provide a greater number of services to an ethnically diverse population.

“The Caravel Institute will employ our expertise in coordination with national thought leaders to deliver training and technical assistance to professionals across the nation,” says Mary Agee, President and CEO adding, “This virtual classroom is dynamic, interactive and flexible.”

NVFS has been a recognized social services leader for the past 85 years. “We administer a nationally recognized workforce development program called Training Futures in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College. We were one of the first private agencies to provide comprehensive services to the booming Asian immigrant population in the 1960s and 70s. We launched a groundbreaking program providing foster and respite care for families with special needs children, and we provided the case management for the Pentagon 9/11 Survivors’ Fund.”

Each Caravel class is taught as a webinar allowing busy professionals across the nation to attend classes that best fit their schedules. NVFS is also working directly with George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia to administer valuable CEU credit to Caravel Institute courses to further help mental health professionals stay current with their licensing and certifications. Classes are starting in the fall of 2010. For more information on the Caravel Institute or to register for an upcoming class visit them online at http://www.caravelinstitute.org.

Established in 1924, Northern Virginia Family Service is a private, non-profit community service resource dedicated to helping individuals and families find new paths to self-reliance and brighter futures. Each year, NVFS helps more than 20,000 people find affordable housing, counseling and child care; access low-cost medical and dental services; utilize foster and respite care; participate in job training; benefit from trauma recovery; and more. For more information, visit http://www.nvfs.org.

Contact:
Graham Marsden
Communications & Marketing Specialist
gmarsden(at)nvfs(dot)org
703.219.2123

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