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Training for Domestic Violence Counselors

Domestic violence survivors face complex needs for support and safety, which require confidential and skilled interventions.  So, in accordance with California Evidence Code §1037.1, La Casa de las Madres requires all staff and volunteers who will provide direct support to the women and children we serve to complete a domestic violence counselor training.  Our training curriculum contains between 40 and 50 hours of instruction and enables La Casa to certify that survivors will have access to consistent, appropriate, and confidential support to meet their needs.

The training provides a wealth of information and opportunities to explore its application in practice.  Topics include:

  • Dynamics of domestic violence
  • Peer counseling and active listening skills
  • Effects of violence on children
  • Civil, criminal, and immigration law
  • Sexual assault
  • Safety planning and crisis intervention
  • Diversity and cultural competency
  • and more. . . .

Prior to beginning volunteer work directly with survivors, individuals must be certified by La Casa as having completed all segments of the training.   A minimum volunteering commitment of one year, post-training, is required for successful volunteer training applicants.   Each time the training is held, we also strive to offer several slots to professional development participants from our partner programs, whose staff often encounter the complexities of domestic violence.   All training participants pay for training materials, and a professional development fee applies to participants from partner agencies.

The training is typically offered in February and September of each year.  It takes place over four weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9:30pm, and on three Saturdays from 9am-4:30pm.  All sessions of the training are mandatory.

If you are unable to make the time commitment that La Casa’s domestic violence counselor training requires or would like to get started with volunteering before taking the training, La Casa does provide opportunities that do not require certification.  For questions about the training, please .

Our application deadline for our next training in September 2014 has now passed. If you are interested in opportunities to apply for a future training cycle, please email  now to be added to our list to be notified of the start of our next application cycle. Please note that training spots are incredibly limited and we are not able to offer interviews to all those who apply.

Volunteer Training Application (Word doc)

Volunteer Training Application (PDF)


Professional Development Training Application (Word doc)

Professional Development Training Application (PDF)


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