Volunteer for Sexual Assault Training

Essex, Fulton/Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie and Warren /Southern Washington Counties

Are you a compassionate person who wants to make a difference in the community? If you are willing to make a commitment as a volunteer counselor, Sexual Assault Support Services will provide you with free training. New volunteer training begins soon in Essex, Fulton/Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Warren counties.

As a volunteer, you will learn the psychological aspects of sexual assault/abuse, effective counseling techniques, and how to assist survivors of sexual assault and their families using crisis intervention skills. Get a behind-the-scenes look at hospital emergency room (ER) sexual assault evidence collection. Get an insider's view of the criminal justice system, which prosecutes sexual assault perpetrators.

When the 30-hour comprehensive training program is completed, volunteer counselors help staff the 24-hour Hotline. As a volunteer you are not sitting at a call center waiting for the phone to ring. you will receive a crisis hotline pager (or can use your personal cell phone) when you are "on call." This gives you flexibility to go about your busy personal schedule, yet ensures quick response to hotline calls. As a volunteer you will provide crisis counseling to survivors of sexual assault, give information and referrals. Volunteers may meet sexual assault victims at the ER and accompany them when criminal justice advocacy is requested.

Are you interested in giving back to the community as a Sexual Assault Support Services team member? Find out if serving as a volunteer counselor is right for you. For more information please contact:

Essex County: Renee Swinton,,  518.984.0094
Fulton & Montgomery Counties: Veronica Parks,, 518.842.0285 x605
Schoharie County: Elene Berard-Johnstone,,  518.234.4844
Schenectady County: Lori Sendra, mailto:l.senrdra@ppmhchoices, 518.374.5353, ext. 278 
Warren County: Leigh Anne Dorman,, 518.792.4305

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