Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), a nonprofit known for expertise in multicultural mental health, emergency response, and special foster care, launched 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 all face an increasing need to provide a greater number of services to an ethnically diverse population.
Each Caravel class is taught as a Webinar, allowing busy professionals across the nation to attend classes that best fit their schedules. NVFS also is working directly with George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, to administer CEU credit to Caravel Institute courses to further help mental health professionals stay current with their licensing and certifications.
“NVFS administers a nationally recognized workforce development program called Training Futures in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College," notes Mary Agee, president and CEO. "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.”