Together We Give Hope

Volunteer Crisis Services Responder

Be part of fostering a caring and connected community!

Are you looking to:

  • Gain highly valuable transferable knowledge and skills?
  • Make a career change?
  • Provide a meaningful contribution to the community?
  • Receive relevant experience for graduate programs in Counselling Psychology, medical school, social work programs, policing, nursing, Genetic Counselling, or another helping profession?

Then volunteering with us would be a rewarding, enriching and challenging experience for you.

This is a short narrative of a Volunteer Crisis Services Responder speaking to key experiences as a front line worker.

The Distress Services Program, accredited by the American Association of Suicidology, provides 24 hour service to the community including:

  • Emotional support;
  • Help to navigate ongoing mental health concerns;
  • Management of suicide crisis;
  • Identifying resources for short and long term support; and
  • Skills for coping with situational crises

Our robust training and ongoing supervision is well recognized and respected in different universities and helping agencies across the province.  Also we were the early pioneers in providing online crisis chat service beginning in 2004, and we have now fully integrated the phone and chat service delivery.  Therefore, our front line responders are trained to provide services in both the phone and chat media.

We provide our service via phone and online chat. With the nature of this service being complex and dynamic, the front line role requires genuine compassion combined with critical thinking abilities and is supported by  intensive training and ongoing supervision you will receive to support people in crisis.

The bulk of service is provided by volunteers alongside of several staff Crisis Services Responders.  We welcome new applicants who are looking to be part of the Crisis Centre Community.

Update! Please Read!

We are no longer accepting applications for our Fall Training as we are now full.

If you wish to apply for our January 2021 Training, please check back on our website in November.

Application and Training Details

Please apply with a laptop or desktop computer (as opposed to a mobile device) using Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer (version 7 or higher) to complete your application.

The Volunteer Crisis Services Responder training fee is $250. Fees collected cover some of the substantive training costs incurred to keep the information, training and service current and effective. A sliding scale is available for those who need it. Due to the demand for spaces in our training groups, should you not complete training for any reason, the fee is non-refundable. Please note: training fees are not due until you are interviewed and accepted for training.

Thank you for your interest in the Crisis Centre. We look forward to meeting you!

Update! Please Read!

We are no longer accepting applications for our Fall Training as we are now full.

If you wish to apply for our January 2021 Training, please check back on our website in November.

If you have any questions please email Martin, Volunteer Coordinator, at muren@crisiscentre.bc.ca.

To see our October Training dates please click here: Scheduled Training Dates

Please do not click the link below as it’s been changed to Private.

Take care and stay safe.

Apply to be a Volunteer Crisis Services Responder