TOPTokyo NPO offers counseling training to expats

Tokyo NPO offers counseling training to expats

By Vivian Morelli

Give back to the community and support people in need by joining the TELL Telephone Counselor Training Program.

Even though many members of the international – and local – community may have the phone number of TELL Lifeline programmed into their phones, most are unaware that they can also train to become phone counselors. For 40 years, TELL has been providing confidential support and counseling services to Japan’s international and local communities through their lifeline and face-to-face counseling. The Lifeline alone responds to more than 6,000 calls per year, and those phone calls are picked up by volunteers who donate their time to support others.

TELL offers two Telephone Counselor training sessions each year, and online training is even available to those who cannot attend the sessions in Tokyo. TELL is currently looking for volunteers to train for the role, and the session runs from September 21 – November 29. You don’t need to have qualifications or experience to become a phone counselor, but the comprehensive training programs makes sure all volunteers are thoroughly trained. The training includes lectures, group work and counseling practice, as well as supervised apprenticeship.

According to TELL’s Training Program Coordinator, Jason Chare, “The lifeline training program attracts a really diverse group of people, of all ages and nationalities. Some are looking for adult education opportunities or hoping to kick-start a career in counseling. Others just want to make friends or give back to the community. Whatever the reason, for many, volunteering on TELL’s Lifeline is the most challenging and rewarding part of their Japan experience.”

TELL is a non-profit organization that relies on donations for the majority of its funding, and regular contributions from volunteers is a vital part of their respectable work with the community. If you’re interested in learning how to help fellow members of the community while developing personal qualities, this program may be a great opportunity to do good for others and for yourself.

For more information, visit the official website and fill out the application form here.

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