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Volunteer as a Face to Face Counsellor

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast offer Personal and Relationship counselling to the community so that more people can access the help they need. The service is highly reliant on the support of volunteer counsellors who generously give their time to make this service possible.

Lifeline | Counselling Training

Are you interested in gaining professional experience while making a real difference in the life of others?

We are seeking applicants to join the Lifeline Hunter Central Coast Face to Face Counselling Team. The Team is dedicated to providing quality, timely and affordable Face to Face crisis support, suicide prevention and generalist counselling.

Our experiential, practically based course will build on the theoretical content of counselling, psychology or social work courses you have acquired and equip you with specialist Lifeline counselling skills.

Experience in the Lifeline Counselling Team can facilitate your entry into the professions by legitimate experience, accredited placements and internships. At the same time participation in the team will allow you to provide a valuable and innovative service to the community.

To join our team you will need:

  • A strong commitment to volunteering with the Lifeline counselling team for one day per week for a minimum of two (2) years post training
  • A degree or diploma in Counselling / Psychology / Social Work or be in the final year of same
  • A commitment to on going supervision and professional development

Benefits to members of the team:

  • Initial 30 hours of experiential training with registered psychologists and experienced members of the Team.
  • A broad spectrum of experience working with a diverse range of clients.
  • Individual and group based support, including debriefing in person or by phone.
  • Working with and learning from experienced counsellors who are ready to share their knowledge.
  • Being part of a valuable asset to the people of our local community in a volunteering capacity.
  • Working to fill service gaps with real clients, real issues and real situations.

For an information pack:

  • Call Newcastle 4940 2000
  • Call Central Coast 4320 7400
  • OR fill in the form below

Face to Face Counsellor Training 2017

Pre-course information night: 6th April - Newcastle, 24th April 2017 - Central Coast. 5.00pm – 7.00 pm participants must pre-register

Training Commences: 8th May 2017

Applications will close: Friday the 21st April 2017

Available at Locations: Newcastle, Central Coast and Armidale

If applicants are accepted into the 8 week course - attendance is compulsory for all training dates and times listed below:

  • Monday 8 May 2017, 5.00 – 8.00 pm
  • Saturday 13 May 2017, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm
  • Monday 15 May 2017, 5.00 – 8.00 pm
  • Monday 29 May 2017, 5.00 – 8.00 pm
  • Saturday 10 June 2017, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm
  • Monday 5 June 2017, 5.00 – 8.00 pm
  • Monday 19 June 2017, 5.00 – 8.00 pm
  • Monday 26 June 2017, 5.00 – 8.00 pm

Interested in becoming a Volunteer Counsellor for Lifeline's Personal & Relationship Counselling Service?

Please enquire to register your interest and receive more information on upcoming course dates.

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Alternatively you can call the Newcastle office 4940 2000 or Central Coast 4320 7400 for more information.

Help us Help Those in Need

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast is 55% self-funded and your support is vital in helping us continue to offer crisis support, counselling, and suicide prevention programs within our region.

Your Donation Will Help Us Save Over 5000 Lives A Year.

Client / Participant Testimonials

  • Brian

    "You really did save my life tonight. I was very very close to doing something silly."


  • David

    "I thought no one could help me and I felt so desperate,
    but talking to someone was the first step to getting my life back."


  • Ian

    "The perspective offered in my lowest moments,
    gave me the strength to continue at moments when I could otherwise have given up."


  • Jenna

    "I never knew it would bring so much relief to talk to someone who cared"
  • John

    "Thank you for that information and thank you for talking to me.
    I actually feel a bit better getting it out of my system and saying how I really feel."
  • Kathy

    "I want to compliment Lifeline for the professional and caring approach. I was very impressed with the service I received yesterday.
    I'd also like to say that many years ago Lifeline literally saved my life when I was in a very dark place. Thank you."
  • Katie

    "Thanks heaps for your help, I feel calmer and a lot less like harming myself now."
  • Matt

    "I even feel better typing to you tonight - I feel like I have taken some action.
    I was a bit scared of calling; but find online chatting less scary. What a great idea."
  • Renee

    "Thank you for having such wonderful people taking time to help others."