Helpline Skills Training
London & Online

Authentic Responses


We Help You Help Others

When someone calls a helpline, they are distressed or facing a crisis and they need advice, signposting or a listening ear. Your service may provide information, or counselling, but what is most important is that your response is authentic.

Authentic Responses is a helpline skills training agency based in London. We help organisations and individuals engage and connect with callers in a safe and positive manner. We run a number of operator training courses that will help you assist the distressed, manage your mental health and evaluate your calls.

We have over 15 years of experience working in the helpline sector. We are passionate about the work that we do and are committed to helping those who help others. We offer an informal and supportive environment where you can develop the skills you need to provide the best response.


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  • Comprehensive Communication
  • Reflection and Resilience
  • Outcome Opportunities
  • Beyond Blue
  • Helplines... How To

Comprehensive Communication

Comprehensive Communication interactive skills training provides an opportunity to confirm your current practice or learn new techniques. We commence with a focus on your role in assisting others, maintaining boundaries, listening effectively and developing core techniques to enable you to respond to the caller.

Building on day one, we continue to address how to respond to different types of calls, including those that can be challenging for you. We focus on the different ways distress can present, how to define a repeat caller and respond accordingly. There is the opportunity to practise these skills and conclude with an introduction to self-care and building resilience within your role.

Beyond Blue

If you work with callers who are at risk of suicide, our Beyond Blue course will cover all the soft skills, communication skills and knowledge you need to provide effective help. The course will explore questioning techniques, mechanisms of support and provide a supportive space to practise responses.

Reflection and Resilience

Listening and responding to people who are in distress on a regular basis can have a cumulative effect on you. Have you been impacted by your engagement with callers? It is essential that you have the right mechanisms in place to protect your own mental health. This course will explore your resilience, provides an opportunity to reflect and shares the tools to enable your own self-care and build resilience.

Helplines... How To

If you are considering or setting up a new service, this is the course to provide you with guidance on the key components. Our course will enable you to work through the framework for delivery; consider options for channels, staffing, opening hours, as well as identify the policies and procedures required to support the work of your service. It is an excellent opportunity to network with others at similar stages of development.

Outcome Opportunities

This course will cover all the techniques that can be used to evaluate your quantitative and qualitative call data. What difference did you make to your caller? We often don't know what happened next with a caller. This course enables you to consider how to use the qualitative and quantitative data collected by your service to understand your impact. We analyse the different ways to measure outcomes and how these can be implemented into your organisation.


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If you would like to learn more about our helpline skills training in London and online, please contact us at Authentic Responses.

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E-Learning Hub

To provide the highest quality engagement to callers, we want to give responders access to our training materials through our e-learning hub. Our online platform provides you with access to materials at a time that suits you, to work at your pace with a focus on a specific topic or a whole course.

Reflecting our holistic approach, access to the e-learning hub is available to anyone interested in the helpline sector, communication skills, self-care and development. We are offering the option to subscribe for ongoing access or purchase a single course at a time.

For those who attended a training course, access will be available to enable you to revisit a topic or refer back to key learning points.


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Our Approach

At Authentic Responses we aim to provide a supportive and informal learning environment to enable you to develop the critical skills you need to support those contacting your service.

We understand that every organisation and individual is different and our work reflects this. Our strength is being adaptive and flexible by working in a facilitative style that incorporates your needs into the training courses we provide.

We have extensive experience in the helpline sector and are passionate about helping people, help others. Our aim is to provide you with the confidence and tools you need to provide a quality interaction on every call.

Our courses are available for individual attendance or we can deliver a bespoke course for your team.

If you would like to learn more about our helpline skills training in London and online, please contact us at Authentic Responses.

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Highly recommend...

I can highly recommend Priya as a Trainer we have used her on a number of occasions to deliver training to the volunteers at the National Bereavement Partnership. She is very knowledgeable on a variety of subjects relating to helplines. Priya’s delivery is excellent and she is very personable and engages participants well. Michaela Willis MBE   |     |   CEO National Bereavement Partnership

Thank you!...

Really appreciate how open and supportive the trainer was, and how much space was given for participants to get to know each other, to test skills out and to enter into useful discussion/debate. There was a lovely balance between reasserting the basics and challenging people to think outside the status quo. Thank you!   |     |  

Very helpful and useful...

Very helpful and useful - I think this will definitely give me the confidence I need to feel like I can "handle things" and steps to take whenever I feel burnt out or fatigued. It is reassuring to know that I have a plan in place.   |     |