Spring Sexual Assault Counselor Advocate Training Class Forming Now

Become a state certified sexual assault crisis counselor/advocate!  The YWCA SACS Counselor Advocate Training (CAT) program is a 48-hour training program leading to certification as a volunteer Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor.  The spring class will run from February 6 to May 21 on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford.

Training topics include the history of the anti-sexual violence movement, sexual violence continuum, child sexual abuse and incest, rape culture, male survivors, mandatory reporting procedures, medical, police, and legal procedures, victim rights, empowerment, impact of trauma, crisis intervention, and so much more.

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.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and complete an interview prior to start of class.  Applications are due January 30. For more information or to submit an application, please contact the Bradley Alagna, Interim Volunteer Program Manager, at 860-225-4681 x206 or balagna@ywcanewbritain.org.  You can get more information and an application here.