Becoming a Sexual Assault Counselor (SAC)

All of our volunteer counselors complete a 65-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.

Training dates for 2018:

Fall 2018

Oct. 23, 2018 - Dec. 6, 2018 (no training week of Nov. 19 - 26)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Spring 2019 - Accepting applications now!

Starting Jan. 2019 - dates TBD

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Please send your completed application to

Volunteer Counselors:

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


  • Must be 18 years-old or older
  • Have access to a private phone and transportation
  • Submit fingerprints for sexual misconduct screening
  • 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!

Already accepted to a training?

  You can easily pay your training fee online: