Click here to apply for our next Advocate Training series.
Training takes place on Saturdays from 9am—4:15pm and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6—9pm at locations around Salinas and the Peninsula, or virtually.
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Be part of the movement to end sexual violence and join our team of Sexual Assault Counselors making a difference in the community!
What do volunteers do?
Answer our 24-hour helpline
Respond to the hospital or police departments to assist survivors during sexual assault forensic exams and the reporting process
Assist at MCRCC’s community events and fundraisers
The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center offers a 47+ hour state certified training to become a Sexual Assault Counselor. During the training you will learn about crisis intervention and advocacy, community resources, the reporting process, collaboration with other agencies on behalf of survivors, and best practices when working with survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse; and their significant others. The training is offered twice a year in the Spring and Fall.
Eligibility and Commitment:
- Applicants must be over the age of 18 years of age.
- Applicants must have an interest in assisting sexual assault survivors and significant others.
- Applicants must be willing/able to work with diverse populations (cultural, racial, socioeconomic, religious, sexual orientation, etc.)
- Applicants must give consent for and understand that MCRCC will require Livescan fingerprinting.
- Applicants must be able to attend all training sessions.
- Applicants must be able to attend monthly in-service meetings (typically the 1st Tuesday of the month).
- Applicants must commit to 6 months of volunteering.
- Applicants must commit to covering 2 shifts per month. Available shifts are typically nights, weekends, and holidays.
- Past or present perpetrators of sexual or physical abuse and/or any violent crime are not eligible to participate in Sexual Assault Counselor Training.
- Applicants with a history of chemical dependency must have been clean and sober for at least 1 year prior to training.
- Sexual assault survivors must be emotionally ready to assist other survivors and be no less than a year past their own assault / abuse experience.
MCRCC 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 a Sexual Assault Counselor, nor does it guarantee a volunteer assignment.
Click here to apply online.
Completion of the application and an interview are required. Any scheduled conflicts for training sessions must be discussed with the Client Services Manager prior to beginning the training.
For more information call (831) 373-3955.