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 dates are TBD.

  • All prospective volunteers must fill out an application in order to be considered for our program. Please return to this page in February, 2023 for updates on when the application will open.
  • 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 TBD.

If you are accepted into our counselor training program after the orientation session, you will be invited to train in our hybrid model, with classes and mentoring sessions both in person at our center in Bellmore and virtually on Zoom.

Our training first begins with an in person “Marathon Weekend” where volunteers will learn the basis of crisis intervention. Our next Marathon Weekend is TBD

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

After our Marathon Weekend, volunteers will attend weekly information sessions from 7pm-9:30pm

Again, Please return to this page in February, 2023 for updates on when the application will open.


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

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