Placement students answer all distress and crisis lines and, as a result, speak with clients who are in need of emotional and mental health support, as well as crisis intervention. This experience provides concrete support for studies in disciplines such as Social Work, Psychology, Criminology, Police Foundations, Paramedics and Health Services, just to name a few!
Note: Students who are eligible to receive credit from their program of study may apply as placement students. However, it should be noted that, due to the required length of both our training program and placement hours, not all placements will be a match with our agency.
Before stepping onto the Crisis Lines, all Placement Students must partake in the 59-hour volunteer training program that includes the internationally recognized Living Works ASIST Workshop. This training session takes place over the course of a month and half. These training hours are counted towards student placement hours. Once the training program is complete, students are required to commit to a minimum of 36 shifts (3 daytime or evening shifts and 2 overnight shifts each month).
Above and beyond what you will gain as a placement student at the Distress Centre, you will receive a reference letter, complete with the amount of volunteer hours you have worked. Our reference letters are considered favourably by universities and colleges, have made a significant impact on employment applications to various police forces and paramedic services, and they can add stock to your resume.