Sexual Assault & Intimate Partner Violence Crisis Counseling Training Application
Agency Information
As a nonprofit organization that serves both victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault/abuse and their loved ones, RISE provides comprehensive programs, services and resources to the community. Our services include a 24-hour crisis line, accompaniment and advocacy on behalf of survivors dealing with partner agencies, in-person crisis counseling, clinical therapy, case management, emergency shelter, prevention education programs, support groups, and assistance with applying for restraining orders.

The tagline of RISE - Respect. Inspire. Support. Empower. - embodies the work of RISE. We believe that RESPECT is the cornerstone to ending violence and creating peace. We strive to INSPIRE the community to be active in the movement to end gender-based violence. We SUPPORT loved ones of those affected by sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence and we EMPOWER victims to heal from trauma and transform their lives.

Our Mission: Transform the lives of sexual and intimate partner violence survivors, their families and the community through services and education that promote safety, healing and empowerment.

Our Vision: A world free of sexual and intimate partner violence.

Training Information
September 11 - November 8
Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 - 9:30 pm
Graduation on Friday, November 10
SLO Department of Social Services Office
Volunteer Job Description
Volunteers serve the agency in a wide variety of ways, including:
- Telephone Crisis Line: Provide information, support & advocacy to callers on our 24-hour crisis line.
- Accompaniment: Accompany survivors during interviews with law enforcement, medical exams, and throughout the criminal justice process.
- Advocacy: Interact with partner agencies to advocate for survivors and their loved ones.
- Crisis Counseling: Provide information and support to survivors and victims in-person as a crisis intervention specialist.
- Shelter Services: Provide support to staff at the shelters, ranging from donation management to assistance with basic household upkeep.
- Prevention & Education: Assist our education team with prevention education programs in the classroom and community.
- Administrative Support: Volunteer opportunities for clerical work include data input, answering phones, and supporting events and fund development, among other tasks.
- Community Information Tables: Staff information tables at community health fairs, farmer's markets, and other events.
RISE Commitment to Diversity
RISE is committed to upholding diversity within its volunteer pool in order to reflect the communities we serve. We strive to offer the best services to everyone in our diverse community. People who are a part of ANY underserved population are strongly encouraged to apply to volunteer.
Work under supervision of the Volunteer Manager following established agency policies and procedures unless being supervised by another staff member in a specific context.
Qualifications to Participate in Training
- A passion for ending Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Assault.
- While survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and/or Sexual Assault are welcome, they must be emotionally ready to assist other survivors. As the training and work can be triggering, we encourage abundant self-awareness and self-care and a significant amount of healing prior to taking the class.
- Past or present perpetrators of abuse and/or any violent crime are not eligible to participate in training.
- Must be patient, nonjudgmental, empathetic and sensitive to the diverse needs and backgrounds of RISE clients.
- Ability to communicate effectively with people in crisis and remain calm during crisis situations.
- Must maintain complete client & shelter location confidentiality.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) applicants are highly encouraged to apply.
Commitment Policy
Attendance & Commitment Required:
- Attendance at all training sessions.
- Commitment to one year of service with the agency.
- Consent for a background check.
- Attendance at 8 of 12 monthly in-service (continuing education) meetings per year of service.
- Commitment to a minimum of 2 volunteer shifts per month.

Other Requirements:
- California state certification as an Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor in accordance with California Penal Code. (Certification is contingent on satisfactory completion of training requirements with Volunteer Manager’s approval.)
- Reliable transportation (mainly for transport to accompaniments; volunteers rarely transport clients).
- Valid California driver’s license.
- Proof of current automobile insurance.
- Cell phone or landline phone.
- 18 years old by the time of first crisis shift.
- Successful completion of a fingerprint background check.

RISE reserves the right to refuse enrollment to anyone whom they feel is not suitable for the program. Participation in training does not guarantee certification as an Intimate Partner Violence or Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor, nor does it guarantee a volunteer assignment. I have read and understand the qualifications listed above. [Type full name below.]
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