Become a Domestic Violence Peer Counselor
YWCA Glendale and Pasadena offers a 40-Hour Domestic Violence Counselor Training to community members who are looking to better understand the experiences of survivors of domestic violence and their children.
Completion of this training meets the requirements set by California Evidence Code 1037.1 for designation as a Domestic Violence Counselor. After completing 40 hours of training, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion that allows them to pursue volunteer and employment opportunities working directly with survivors of domestic violence in California.
All sessions of the training are mandatory and must be completed before you can work directly with domestic violence survivors.
The goal of the 40-Hour Domestic Violence Counselor Training is to provide participants with in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence to strengthen their skills in supporting people who have experienced domestic violence.
- Dynamics of domestic violence
- What it means to experience domestic violence
- Working with survivors from different cultures and backgrounds
- Peer counseling and active listening skills
- YWCA Glendale and Pasadena’s services and programs
- Legal options for survivors
- Practicing self-care as advocates
These topics are facilitated by experienced staff and community speakers through presentations, multimedia (including videos), group discussions, activities, and questions and answers.
Everyone can benefit from becoming more aware of domestic violence and its affect on our community. We encourage community members, educational professionals, health professionals, members of faith communities, law enforcement, legal professionals, social workers, and anyone interested in supporting survivors of domestic violence to apply.
Please note, after completion of this training course, you will only be considered a “domestic violence counselor” if you are employed by a domestic violence victims’ service organization, whether financially compensated or not, for the purpose of rendering advice or assistance to victims of domestic violence, according to California Evidence Code Section §1037.1(a)(1).
- $150: Students and Nonprofit Partners
- $200: Early Registration
- $250: General Registration
Your registration fee includes materials, resources, refreshments, and guest speaker fees.
- “The training was extremely informative and helpful. The visual presentations, as well as the real-life stories and interactive activities, provided a deep insight into understanding domestic violence.”
- “I learned a lot in this training that I can implement with my clients, as well as friends and family.”
- “This training opened my eyes to what survivors of violence and their families go through. There’s a lot more work to be done!”