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Circle of Care Volunteer Opportunities
Should you become a volunteer group facilitator with EBAC’s Circle of Care program, the services you will provide to grieving families may be some of the most important work you will ever do. As a volunteer you will help facilitate support groups for children and teens coping with illness and bereavement in their families. This volunteer commitment requires you to attend sessions twice a month on Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30.
Prior to beginning in our support groups, prospective volunteer facilitators must complete 24 hours of initial training. This training is both informative and deeply reflective and consists of a wide range of issues including diversity awareness, developmental stages, how children respond to illness and loss, children's play, and how they cultivate coping skills. The training also offers new volunteers an opportunity to explore their own feelings around illness and death. Ongoing support and supervision is provided throughout the volunteer experience.
Due to the sensitive and intense nature of this work, we require that you attend all sessions of the training module prior to beginning your work with families. You must be able to make a minimum 14-month commitment to our program in order to provide a consistent presence to our group participants.
Please read Frequently Asked Questions for details about what is required of a volunteer facilitator at Circle of Care. To receive a volunteer application via email, please submit the Volunteer Information Request Form. We suggest that you express your interest early, because volunteer trainings fill up quickly.
Training modules are held two times a year generally in January and August. The module consists of two weekday sessions from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., and two Saturday sessions from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Our next 2012 training will be August 1, 4, 8 and 11. Prospective volunteers are required to attend all sessions in full. To find out about our next or future trainings, please email email@example.com
Circle of Care's students and interns provide both individual and family counseling services to clients. Counselors meet with children at our Oakland offices as well as at area schools. The counseling program also provides home-based services to families dealing with illness. Every week interns and students receive both group and individual supervision by licensed therapists. In addition there is a weekly didactic training and intake meeting.
For more information about becoming a Circle of Care trainee or intern, please fill out our Volunteer Practicum Internship Training Program Request Form.
Note: If you are a master’s level trainee or postgraduate clinician/intern interested in a clinical internship with Circle of Care, please consult your school or email Melanie Wartenberg, MFT, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.531.7551 x 107.
If you are interested in sharing your time and skills with Circle of Care in any of these capacities, or would just like to talk to us and get some more information, please complete a Volunteer Information Request Form and someone from our office will get back to you shortly.
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