In order to be a volunteer counsellor at the Gift of the Givers Careline one has to undergo a period of training that covers a broad range of topics which deepen self understanding and knowledge of counseling principles and techniques. The training is designed to be interactive and introspective. Trainees are given opportunities throughout the training to practice their skills. Upon completion of training successful candidates are teamed with experienced counselors who take them through a shadow programme until such time that they develop sufficient competency and confidence. Counsellors have expressed the profound impact that the training and their volunteering has had on their lives in times of difficulty.
Below are some of their personal experiences: