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Become a Volunteer Crisis Counselor: March 2023 Training Dates

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ORGANIZATION: Response Crisis Center

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 80 people are interested

Are you passionate about helping others going through difficult times? Do you consider yourself to be a good listener? 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.

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-play exercises, and private and group supervision. We are always looking for counselor bilingual in Spanish and English. **Applicants from the Long Island area looked at first in our screening process**

Response volunteer crisis counselor training consist of two parts. Part I of our training consists of approximately 12 hours of presentations and skill-building activities. Part I of training will be offered remotely through Microsoft Teams in March 2023, so it will be broken up weekly into 3hr workshops per week. All training will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams. You need strong wifi and a laptop/computer + smartphone.

Tuesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm on: March 21, March 23, March 28, and March 30.
Fill out our Volunteer Application here:

Please be aware that if you are selected to continue with Part II of Response's training, you will be paired with a trainer for approximately ten weeks during which you will receive hands-on experience and training on a hotline training shift of 4 hours a week, which will be done remotely.

During this period, there also will be two hour workshops held via Microsoft Teams weekly that compliment trainees' learning on the lines. After completing classroom & office training, we ask for a year's commitment of one four-hour shift per week. We will not provide our address unless prospective volunteers have been accepted into Part II. Our office is located in Suffolk County, NY and for those who wish to volunteer in the office when we are able to re-open to counselors, all volunteers must have reliable transportation. However, due to the pandemic, there also is the option to work remotely from home temporarily as well until the office fully reopens.

Those interested in attending the upcoming training can register now to reserve their spot by completing the online volunteer application, which can be found here: Registration is pending until an application is complete and verification is conducted.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 1st 2023, as spots are limited.

If you have questions, please contact: Rachel Koerner, M.Ed. Assistant Director of Crisis Services and Operation or +1 (631) 751-7620, ext. 205. Or Anne Deubel, Assistant Director of Community Education, Outreach, and Advocacy

Everyone has moments when the support and understanding of others seem hard to find, and it is for such moments that Response Crisis Center was born.

Response is a nationally accredited, non-profit agency that provides confidential and anonymous counseling for anyone who needs to talk.

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About Response Crisis Center


P.O. Box 300, Stony Brook, NY 11790, US

Mission Statement

To develop and implement programs and services designed to meet the area's needs for crisis intervention and the primary prevention of mental illness, self-destructive and suicidal behavior.


24-Hour Crisis Intervention/Suicide Prevention Hotline-Community Education Program - provides lectures and workshops on a variety of mental health topics for schools, community organizations and civic groups. Support Line - provides support for individuals who are physically and/or emotionally isolated. Training and Technical Assistance - Crisis Counseling Training is open to staff from other agencies. After-Hours and Weekend Back-Up Services - provides emergency after-hour and weekend back-up services for the runaway programs and many other service agencies in Suffolk County.


Crisis Support
Emergency & Safety
Community, Crisis Support, Emergency & Safety


Tue Mar 21, 2023 - Thu Mar 30, 2023
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM


Multiple locations Stony Brook, NY 11790



  • Mental Health
  • Bereavement Support
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Veteran Care
  • Social Work


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • After completion of Parts I and II of training, we ask that you are able to commit to fulfilling one four-hour shift shift per week for a minimum of a year.
  • All prospective volunteers must be aged 18 or older and have reliable transportation to our office. We are in an undisclosed location for security purposes, so applicants will receive the address of Response after acceptance into Part II of training.

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