MESA Volunteer Crisis Advocate


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Cause Areas

When

Thu Sep 01, 2016 - Fri Oct 28, 2016

Where

2336 Canyon, Suite #103Boulder, CO 80302

About

Job Description: Mental Health Partners MESA Volunteer Advocate

Title: MESA Volunteer Advocate

Supervised by: Volunteer Coordinator, MESA/MHP

Time Required: On-call 30 hours total each month; two evening meetings (per month); paperwork

Training Provided: minimum 40 hours of multidisciplinary training by MESA/MHP

1. General Duties and Responsibilities:

This is a volunteer/unpaid position through Mental Health Partners and MESA. Volunteers must first pass a background check before volunteering as an advocate. Volunteer advocates commit to staffing a 24-hour crisis/in-person response line to provide in-person crisis intervention, emotional support, legal and medical advocacy, information, and referrals for survivors of sexual violence, their friends, and family.

  1. 2. Specific Tasks
  • Provide in-person response for survivors of sexual violence, their friends and family.
  • Supply immediate emotional support, information and referrals to sexual assault survivors and their significant others.
  • Act as an advocate for the client during law enforcement investigations; the criminal justice process; courtroom appearances; and medical procedures, including evidence exam.

Definition of Duties:

  • Be on-call during assigned shifts, a minimum of 30 hours a month
  • Provide emotional support, information and referrals to sexual assault clients and their loved ones.
  • Collaborate with other agencies (law enforcement, hospital personnel, etc.) to benefit clients and coordinate care.
  • Provide thorough and appropriate follow-up, support, and referral services, as needed for each client.
  • Protect the confidentiality of all clients, except when mandatory reporting applies, and to provide counseling according to generally accepted ethical principles.
  • Complete all MESA paperwork and data collection within 48 hours of the end of the on-call shift.
  • Follow the MESA Fundamental Guidelines.
  • Attend all required monthly team and supervision group meetings. Monthly meetings are 1 ½ hours the first Thursday of each month. Supervision groups meet once a month for 2 hours.
  • Communicate with staff about scheduling conflicts or changes.
    • Ensure clients are aware of the Victim’s Rights legislation that entitles them to be informed, present and heard at critical stages of the criminal justice process.

Skills

  • Mental Health
  • Patient Care
  • Psychology
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Law Enforcement

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
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