Counselor Advocate Training

The YWCA SACS Counselor Advocate Training (CAT) program is a 48-hour training program leading to certification as a volunteer Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor.  By completing this program, you will gain the valuable training and experience needed to provide supportive counseling and advocacy to sexual assault survivors and their families through hotline calls and police and hospital accompaniments 

Anyone interested in volunteering to provide hotline counseling and accompanying survivors and their loved ones through hospital and police procedures can take CAT class.  No prior experience or knowledge of sexual assault is needed to apply for the class.  In addition to counseling and accompaniments, volunteers can also become involved in support group facilitation, community education, in person one-to-one counseling, legislative lobbying, special projects, and fundraising.

Fees: A fee of $85 is required to cover costs of training materials for the class and is dependent upon volunteer commitment.  A fee of $275.00 is required for persons taking the class for professional development purposes only.  All fees are payable the first week of class and are non-refundable.  Alternative payment schedules can be arranged.

Requirements: Volunteers must commit to a volunteer commitment of 1 year.  This includes 2 hotlines shifts per month.  Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and have reliable transportation for hospital, police and court accompaniments.  However, this is not required of those who are taking the class for professional development purposes.  It is suggested that YWCA volunteers be on call for at least two shifts a month to maintain and exercise their knowledge and skills.  To maintain certification, volunteers must attend four hours of in-service training per year and attend annual supervisions. 

Where: Future locations vary - please call for details. 

When: Classes run once in the fall and once in the spring.  

How: Complete our online application and reference form. These forms, along with a pre-training interview, will assist us in assuring that your interest coincides with our needs.  After your paperwork has been received, we will contact you to schedule a pre-training interview. If other considerations are needed, please let us know.  Please mail to: Liz Halla-Mattingly, YWCA New Britain, 19 Franklin Square, New Britain CT, 06051.

Class is currently wrapping up.  Stay tuned for more information on our next session.

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