Response hotline training: Earn 3 internship credits

Spring 2020 Prospective Volunteer Crisis Counselor Training

Response is seeking volunteer crisis counselors and will offer a free training program to those interested in becoming the caring voice on the other end of the phone or online chat. 

  • Part One of training is held on the Stony Brook University campus in the Student Activities Center building on
    • Saturday, February 22nd & Sunday, February 23rd.
    • In the event of snow, our backup dates are Saturday, February 29th and Sunday, March 1st.*
  • Prospective volunteers must attend both dates.
  • Each day of training will run from 9 am – 5 pm, with an hour for lunch.
  • College credit is available. 
  • Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. 

No experience is necessary, only a sincere willingness to learn and grow and the ability to make a one-year commitment of four hours a week is required. Training for all programs include lecture, role-playing exercises, and private and group supervision. After completion of Part One, accepted trainees will begin to complete Part Two of crisis counseling training. 

Part Two trainings and workshops are held at the Response Crisis Center. Applicants will receive the address of the Response Crisis Center upon their acceptance into Part Two of the training. Part Two of our training lasts approximately 10 weeks and consists of being paired with an office trainer for one four-hour shift where you will receive “hands-on”, individual training on our phone and chat lines, as well as one evening skills development workshop per week. Part Two evening workshops are held on rotating Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. A schedule of these workshops will be provided in Part One of the training. Lastly, Part Two includes a two-day workshop called ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). ASIST is an evidence-based training model, developed by LivingWorks, and is complementary to our own suicide prevention training. New trainees are expected to take an ASIST workshop within 6 months of being accepted into Part Two. 

Those interested in attending the up-coming training can register now to reserve their spot. Registration is pending until an application is complete and verification is conducted. 

Please review the FAQ and visit www.responsecrisiscenter.org.  

Please RSVP by February 20th. Spots are limited. 

For Questions, Please Contact: Amy Angelone, LMSW Director of Training at aangelone@responsehotline.org

Or +1 (631) 751-7620

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