Crisis Counseling

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Sexual violence is a traumatic experience. The issues and emotions involved can be challenging for volunteers, but the help you provide can be incredibly gratifying. Without volunteers, SOS Sexual Violence Services would not be able to provide the amount of services they do to individuals, their families, and the community.  

SOS volunteer responsibilities

  • Answering the 24-hour crisis line on nights and weekends.
  • Providing information, support and advocacy for victims, survivors, their families, friends and other concerned persons.
  • Conducting medical outreach at Regions, St. Joseph's and St. John's Hospitals, providing crisis support and medical advocacy.
  • Co-facilitation support group meetings (must have completed at least one year of volunteer experience on the crisis hotline).

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteer for 2-4 call shifts per month (nights and weekends)
  • Make a one year committment to the crisis line.

Training requirement

SOS offers volunteer training in the spring and fall and may train additionally as needed. The 40-hour volunteer training meets state requirements to work or volunteer as a sexual assault advocate in Minnesota. This free and extensive training will cover foundational knowledge and skills regarding sexual violence including counseling skills, anti-oppressive frameworks, and legal advocacy. Individuals must complete all of the provided training prior to volunteering.

  • Completion of the training takes approximately 40 - 50 hours.
  • Eight hours of continuing education yearly.
  • Ongoing supervision and support.
  • Additional training for support group facilitation.

Join the next training

The next training will begin October 14, 2023. 

How to apply

Complete the volunteer application (PDF) and return it by mail, email or fax. Call 651-266-1000 with questions.