Training Information

Caring Contact offers many training opportunities. Our application process for Volunteer Listener Training is different from the one for group trainings:

Volunteer Listening Training

• Individuals must first submit an application for review by the Caring Contact team.
• When and if applicants are notified that they have been accepted for Volunteer Listening Training, they can then proceed to register and pay for the upcoming training class.

  • Staffing our Crisis Helpline
  • 12 weeks of hybrid training (virtual training and in person), followed by one-on-one training in our call room to become an onsite listener
  • Training includes Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST); 15 hour certification course held over a full weekend on June 4th & 5th, 2022 from 8:30am-4:30pm. You must attend both days.
  • Spring 2022 sessions: Tuesday evenings - March 22nd - June 14th from 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Cost – $299.00
  • All applicants must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.
  • People interested in Volunteer Listening Training must apply and be accepted into the next class before making payment.
    Click here for the spring schedule. Click to learn more or email maryclaire.givelber@caringcontact.org

  • Group Trainings

    • Hotline Awareness, Suicide Awareness and Intervention, and Learning to Prevent Teenage Suicide are customized trainings.
    • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a certification course.
    • For group training or the certification course, please inquire by completing our contact form, and the Caring Contact team will reach out to you to directly.

    Hotline Awareness

    • Help demystify the hotline by explaining what it’s like to call.
    • Hear stories from the hotline so people are more comfortable calling themselves.
    • Explain the various services we provide to broaden understanding of the hotline as a resource when someone is in emotional distress or is worried about someone else who is in emotional distress.
    • Empower people to look out for themselves and each other and know they are not alone.
    • Either in-person or online
    • No Charge for group sessions. (No minimum/maximum participants. Group size may vary.)

    ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

    • Community Training
    • 15-hour Certification Course
    • Cost – $200
    • Fall 2021 session: Class Currently Unavailable
    • Spring 2022 session: TBD

    Click here to learn more.

    Location – North Central New Jersey

    Suicide Awareness and Intervention

    • 2-hour training customized for your group
    • Ideal for middle and high school students or adults
    • Either in-person or online
    • Covers the basics of how to help someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts
    • Opportunity to learn and practice the words to say when you're concerned

    Click here to learn more.

    Location – North Central New Jersey

    Learning to Prevent Teenage Suicide

    • 2-hour training customized for your group
    • Ideal for teachers, administrators, counselors, community groups, members of the clergy
    • Meets N.J.S.A. 186A:6-112 Statutory Requirement for Suicide Training

    Click here to learn more.

    Location – North Central New Jersey

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