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Long Island Crisis CenterLong Island Crisis Center
Founded in 1971, Long Island Crisis Center (L.I.C.C.) is a multi-service, community-based organization whose mission is to provide youth, families, adults and seniors with free, high quality, confidential services that address a wide range of concern... Read more
Founded in 1971, Long Island Crisis Center (L.I.C.C.) is a multi-service, community-based organization whose mission is to provide youth, families, adults and seniors with free, high quality, confidential services that address a wide range of concerns e.g. suicide, depression, relationships, HIV/AIDS, bereavement, abuse etc.
Offers crisis intervention counseling, information and referrals via both a 24/7 hotline as well as one on one Online counseling via the Internet. Other services include suicide outreach, pride for youth for gay / lesbian teens, runaway services, walk-in counseling and community education. All services are free, anonymous, confidential and private. http://www.longislandcrisiscenter.org
While I haven't volunteered here, my wife, a Fordham trained, licensed social worker with advanced counseling skills, has. She committed to all their training and to requisite numbers of shifts over nine months. Yesterday, she received a call (out of the blue with no prior feedback that this was being considered) that she was "no longer needed" as they thought " this wasn't really for her". This was both unexpected and seemingly arbitrary. Since they have a fresh class of new recruits, I guess they just wanted to hold out for what they regard as most suitable ( whatever that means!!). What a disrespectful, unprofessional and cowardly approach. After nine months, they couldn't even bring themselves to have a face to face conversation? This is not the behavior of empathic and skilled professionals. It is crude, cruel, & capricious conduct. And these are the folks training others to handle crises on the phone? Give me a break! Oh, not even a thank you. Volunteers beware!