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Volunteer Telephone Crisis Supporter

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast is part of the national telephone crisis support service that operates twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week along with forty-two other centres situated across Australia. The 13 11 14 number supports over 800,000 Australians in crisis each year.

Lifeline | Telephone Crisis Support Training

Are you interested in being part of an organisation that really makes a difference?

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast are calling for people from all walks of life to help maintain its 24 Hour Telephone Crisis Support Line by training to become a volunteer Telephone Crisis Supporter. Please find listed below the dates and times for upcoming courses.
The next dates for the Central Coast have not been set. Please enquire to be kept updated.

COST of TCS Training:

$550.00
This is paid (in full) after attendance of the orientation day and once accepted into the course, but prior to the commencement of the first day of training.

COMMITMENT

The financial value of the course is approximately $4,200.

As this course is highly subsidised, we ask for a two year commitment to Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter.

CRISIS SUPPORT WORKPLACE TRAINING (CSWT):

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast on behalf of Lifeline Australia RTO 88036, complies with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations(RTO) 2015.

The CSWT course comprises nationally recognised Units of Competency, which is designed to train Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporters.

To be a Lifeline Accredited Crisis Supporter the minimum requirement is a Statement of Attainment in the four CSWT Units of Competency as follows.

NATIONALLY RECOGNISED TRAINING:






  • CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCCS028 Provide client-centred support to people in crisis

UP-COMING COURSES:

  • February 2018 - NCL
  • June 2018 - NCL
  • TBA - CC

See a full list of compulsory dates below.

Crisis Support Training 2018

Newcastle Course Commencing: Saturday, 3rd February, 2018.

Applications will close: Thursday the 25th January, 2018.

All Locations: To be advised

Applicants need to check that they are available for all dates and times that appear below and are available to commence their probationary period, which includes weekly or fortnightly shifts, Supervision sessions and Professional Development training from the 6th May, 2018 for the next 4 months - without a big break.

After applications are assessed and they are accepted to attend the Orientation and Accidental Counsellor’s training on Saturday, 3rd February, 2018, 9.00am – 5.00pm, which is a compulsory session for gaining entry into this course.

Then if applicants are accepted into the course - attendance is compulsory for all training dates and times that appear below:

  • Saturday, 11th & Monday 12th February, 2018, 8.45am – 5.00pm (both days)
  • These two days are the ASIST Living Works – Suicide training
  • Saturday, 17th February, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 24th February, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 3rd March, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 10th March, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday 17th March, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 24th March, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 7th April, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 14th April, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 21st April, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm

The Phase 2 Day –

Saturday, 28th April, 2018, 9.00am – 5.00pm
AND Saturday, 5th & Sunday 6th May, 2018, 8.45am – 5.00pm (both days), 8.45am – 5.00pm (both days)
These two days are the Mental Health First Aid training

Following on from this, further compulsory Supervision and Professional Development in Domestic & Family Violence (DFV) and Non Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) is required.


Newcastle Course Commencing: Saturday, 23rd June 2018.

Applications will close: Friday the 15th June, 2018.

All Locations: To be advised

Applicants need to check that they are available for all dates and times that appear below and are available to commence their probationary period, which includes weekly or fortnightly shifts, Supervision sessions and Professional Development training from the 23rd September, 2018 for the next 4 months - without a big break.

After applications are assessed and they are accepted to attend the Orientation and Accidental Counsellor’s training on Saturday, 23rd June, 2018, 9.00am – 5.00pm, which is a compulsory session for gaining entry into this course.

Then if applicants are accepted into the course - attendance is compulsory for all training dates and times that appear below:

  • Saturday, 30th June & Sunday 1st July, 2018, 8.45am – 5.00pm (both days)
  • These two days are the ASIST Living Works – Suicide training
  • Saturday, 7th July, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 21st July, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 28th July, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday 4th August, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 11th August, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 25th August, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 1st September, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Saturday, 8th September, 2018, 9.00am – 3.00pm

The Phase 2 Day –

Saturday, 15th September, 2018, 9.00am – 5.00pm
AND Saturday, 22nd & Sunday 23rd September, 2018, 8.45am – 5.00pm (both days), 8.45am – 5.00pm (both days)
These two days are the Mental Health First Aid training

Following on from this, further compulsory Supervision and Professional Development in Domestic & Family Violence (DFV) and Non Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) is required.


Volunteer to be a Telephone Crisis Supporter


To be kept updated with upcoming course dates,

Please contact Lifeline Hunter Central Coast through the form below or by phone: Newcastle 4940 2000, Debbie or Annette  |   Central Coast 4320 7400, David.








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."