The SURE Helpline Center offers Sexual Assault Response Team Advocate Training at least twice per year. Please contact our office to obtain information about our next training. We will also post the information on this website.
- Applicants must be 18 years or older
- Applicants must have an interest in assisting sexual assault victims
- Applicants must be able to attend all training sessions
- Applicants must give consent and understand that a criminal background
check will be performed
- Applicants must be able to attend monthly meetings (as scheduled)
- Applicants must commit to 6 months of volunteering
- Applicants must be willing/able to work with diverse populations
(socioeconomic, religious, sexual orientation, etc.)
- Sexual assault survivors must be emotionally ready to assist a victim, no less than a year past their own assault/abuse
The training consists of several sessions totaling 40 hours of training. The training is provided by professionals from the law enforcement, district attorney, medical, educational and social service fields. The training covers the emotional, medical and legal aspects of sexual assault. The course prepares advocates, as our volunteers are called, to provide crisis intervention, accompaniments and advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault and their significant others. Upon successful completion of the training, you will be certified as a Sexual Assault Counselor in the State of California.
Volunteers must participate in a 25-hour training in order to answer the SURE Helpline Center’s crisis lines. The SURE Helpline Center trains volunteers as para-professional counselors to provide information and referral services to anyone who calls the 24-hour crisis lines. Eligibility for this training is the same as the SART training.
A written application and an interview are both required for the SART Advocate and Crisis Volunteer Training. Applicants selected should plan to take the sessions as scheduled. Any schedule conflicts must be discussed with the Executive Director prior to the beginning of the sessions.
The SURE Helpline Center reserves the right to refuse enrollment to anyone who is not suitable for the program. Participation in the training does not guarantee that the participant will be accepted as a volunteer.
One of the simplest and most effective ways of becoming involved in the work that the SURE Helpline Center does is to support the center financially. You can contribute financially by simply mailing a check to:
SURE Helpline Center
395 Broadway, Suite 2
El Centro, CA 92243