The Rape Crisis Center of Milford, member of The Alliance to End Sexual Violence, is a non-profit service organization established in 1974. Staff and volunteers cover a crisis hotline 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

The center is accepting applications for the upcoming training to become a certified sexual assault crisis counselor. Staff from the Rape Crisis Center will conduct the classes with various guest speakers from around the community and service area.

The 40-hour curriculum includes sexual assault definitions, crisis intervention and counseling techniques, police investigation, forensic evidence collection, mandated reporting, counselor/advocate procedures, court process and Connecticut Sexual Assault Statutes.

The training will begin Tuesday, Sept. 13 and will run until Thursday, Oct. 27.

Classes will be held in Milford and meet from 6 to 9 p.m.

Volunteer applications can be obtained through email or mail from the Rape Crisis Center, 70 West River St. Milford, CT 06460, returned no later than Aug. 1.

Volunteers are asked to pay $50 to cover the cost of the training manual.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. They must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement upon acceptance into the program. No previous counseling experience is required. Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply.

For additional information call 203-874-8712 or email Victoria Carnera at victoria@rapecrisiscenterofmilford.org, or Melissa Jennings at melissa@rapecrisiscenterofmilford.org.