Rape Crisis Center accepting crisis counselor applications

The Rape Crisis Center of Milford, which serves all of the lower Valley and Shelton, is now accepting applications for the upcoming training to become a certified sexual assault crisis counselor. The 30-hour training program will begin on September 5 and end on October 17 with a graduation social on Tuesday, October 22.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license with available transportation, and be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement upon acceptance into the program. No previous counseling experience is required. Bi-lingual volunteers also needed. Volunteers are asked to pay a nominal $25 fee to cover the cost of the training manual.

The 30 hour curriculum includes sexual assault definitions, myths and facts, crisis intervention and counseling techniques, police investigation, forensic evidence collection, mandated reporting, counselor/advocate procedures, court process and Connecticut Sexual Assault Statutes.

Experienced staff from the Rape Crisis Center conducts the classes with guest speakers including representatives from the Ansonia/Milford State’s Attorney’s Office, Milford Police Department Detective Bureau, the local hospital Emergency Department, domestic violence advocates, Department of Children and Families, Yale Child Sexual Abuse Clinic Forensic Interviewer, and others.

For additional information contact Sheila Richards at 203-874-8712, or email Sheila.mrcc@yahoo.com. Visit rapecrisiscenterofmilford.org for more information.