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.

If you have any questions, please contact Bradley Alagna at 860-225-4681 x528 or at or Lindsay Jones at 860-225-4681 x527 or


“For anyone thinking of doing this kind of work, it is so important to remember that you will always get so much more out of it than you can ever give. It is in the little things that we do that make so much of a difference. It could be an ‘I believe you’ over the phone, a smile, a hug, or getting someone a drink while they are in the hospital getting an examination kit done that makes a survivor’s experience so different than if we were not there. It may not look like much to you at the moment, but it is those small acts of kindness, compassion, and support that give the survivors strength. And knowing that makes doing this work worth it.”

- SACS volunteer

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