At Long Island Crisis Center, we believe that everyone, regardless of who they are or what their needs might be, has the right to free confidential help at any time.

Our hotlines are staffed by knowledgeable volunteer counselors who listen with empathy, care, and attention. Counselors can also connect clients with helpful programs and services in the community.

Our training program is regarded as the standard for crisis intervention centers nationwide. Volunteer counselors receive 150 hours of extensive training on a variety of topics through a combination of in-person and virtual interactive information sessions, role plays and on-the-phone mentoring.

The skills you learn at Long Island Crisis Center will carry through to many aspects of your life outside of the Center.

The Next Counselor Training Program begins September 7th 2024

  • All prospective volunteers must fill out an application in order to be considered for our program. The application to become a volunteer crisis counselor will open sometime in the beginning of May.
  • After submitting an application, you will be invited to our virtual Crisis Center Orientation. All prospective volunteers must first attend one of our virtual Crisis Center Orientations before being admitted into the Counselor Training Program. The next virtual orientations are:

If you are accepted into our counselor training program after the orientation session, you will be invited to start training in IN PERSON at our location in Bellmore.

Our training first begins with a “Training Kick Off Weekend” where volunteers will learn the basis of crisis intervention. Our next Training Kick Off Weekend is Saturday September 7th from 9:30am-4:30pm and Sunday September 8th from 12:30pm-4:30pm.

You must be available this weekend in order to move forward with the training.

After our IN PERSON Training Kick Off Weekend, volunteers will attend approximately 12 weekly information sessions. Information sessions will be held Saturday mornings, beginning on Saturday September 14th from 9:30am-12pm in a combination of Zoom and in person sessions.

Again, Please return to this page periodically for more information on filling out an application.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dana at [email protected]

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