Volunteer with RTS
Becoming A Sexual Assault Counselor

All of our volunteer counselors successfully complete a 60-hour California State Certified Sexual Assault Counselor Training. The training is designed to provide future volunteer counselors with knowledge, skills, and self-awareness necessary to respond to people affected by sexualized trauma. Specific topics covered in the training include the myths and realities of sexual abuse/assault, effects of trauma, medical issues, legal options, crisis intervention, and counseling skills. Throughout the training, we explore the connection between individual acts of sexual abuse/assault and institutional oppression such as sexism, racism, and homophobia.

Our next volunteer training begins March 6, 2010. For more information contact Christina at (650) 652-0598 x21.

Volunteer Counselors will:

  • Provide support counseling on a 24-hour hotline
  • Provide support counseling at San Mateo General Hospital during post-assault medical exams
  • Accompany survivors of abuse/assault to police interviews, court, etc.
  • Learn essential skills and information in a comprehensive training (CA state certification as a Sexual Assault Counselor)
  • Attend monthly support meetings for volunteers
  • Play a key role in survivors healing process
  • Join a team of caring staff, interns, and volunteers dedicated to supporting survivors and ending cycles of violence
  • Gain meaningful experience in human relations and social change

Sexual Assault Counselors need to:

  • Be 18 years-old or older
  • Have access to a private phone
  • Submit fingerprints for sexual misconduct screening (fingerprints can be taken during training at RTS office)
  • Be able to adhere to strict rules of confidentiality
  • Be empathetic, respectful and non-judgmental
  • Be able to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Be able to adhere to agency's philosophy, protocols, procedures, and policies
Particularly desired, but not required skills include fluency in languages other than English (i.e. Spanish, Tagalog, American Sign Language, etc.)

Working with survivors of trauma from sexual abuse/assault can be deeply fulfilling and meaningful. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer counselor, we encourage you to attend one of our information sessions. The sessions provide you with the opportunity to get to know our agency firsthand by touring our office, meeting our staff, and asking questions.

Our next volunteer training begins March 6, 2010. For more information contact Christina at (650) 652-0598 x21.