Our Training Program
The Centre offers a volunteer counselling training program every year to train people to become volunteer counsellors with the Centre.
Volunteers receive approximately 160 hours of training with professional counsellors and educators over ten-months, one evening a week. In return they commit to offering the Centre 250 sessions of counselling once they graduate.
In addition to the weekly training evening, there are two weekend workshops, reading requirements and co-counselling practice. The training involves both personal growth work and the development of counselling skills in a variety of counselling approaches. Counsellors receive regular, ongoing supervision of their counselling through the Centre.
Our valued volunteers often describe the training as life changing.
The training program begins in September and ends in June each year. Eighteen people are chosen to participate from those interviewed. Applications for the training program are available annually in the Spring.
“I am so grateful to have had this amazing experience.”
“I changed SO MUCH over the ten months. All for the better — just ask my family!”
“One of the best things about the training was listening to others participants’ stories and sharing mine.”
“The training was life changing and life enriching. I wish I could come every year!”
“I laughed (a lot), I cried. I listened, I talked (and was listened to).”