The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The Psychosocial Support Program Interns support holistic and integrated health and wellbeing of IRC clients through the development, modification, and assessment of supportive programs. These programs aim to address client needs across a wide spectrum, including, but not limited to, acculturation and adjustment, isolation, community relations, development, and mental/physical wellness. Interns will work directly with the Psychososcial Support Specialist and Wellness Promoter to participate in the coordination of programming, facilitate groups, manage garden and relevant programming facilitated in the garden, assess interpreter needs and develop relevant trainings and supportive programs, build relationships with clients and assess hteir needs to inform program development, and encourage refugee wellness, empowerment, and resilience.
Number of intern positions available: 4
Start date: ASAP
Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week - Weekend and evenings hours as needed (6 month minimum; 6+ months preferred)
Conceptualization and facilitation of groups
Conduct needs assessments to develop or modify programs to ensure that they are consistently meeting the ever-evolving needs of clients
Maintain relationships with clients, community organizations, and host communities in order to facilitate integration
Management of garden and relevant programming facilitated in the garden
Assess interpreter needs, develop and facilitate relevant trainings
Build professional relationships with clients in a culturally sensitive and trauma informed method
Administer and collect wellness data with multiple measurement tools
Experience with measurement tools including: RHS-15, Brief Resilience Scale (BRS), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and Social Provisions Scale
Proficiency in Arabic, Swahili, or other critical languages a plus
Familiarity and interest in working with refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, migrants and immigrant communities
Demonstrate inter-relational skills in order to establish and maintain community partnerships across the Denver metro areas with agencies who provide supportive services for IRC clients. These community partnerships include but are not limited to: Cooking Matters, Denver Public Schools, the YMCA and Yoga for the People
Ability to work within a team to provide holistic and integrated services to clients
Possess leadership and self-motivated skills and be willing to develop and modify existing curricula as determined by the evolving needs of IRC clients
Be organized and detail oriented
Proficient in using Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Microsoft Excel and Outlook 365
Be flexible and responsive to the changing needs of clients and the changing dynamics of the current socio-political system
Learning Objectives: The Psychosocial Support Intern will gain U.S. field and office experience interacting with and assisting asylum, refugees and immigrants resettled in the US. Intern will acquire detailed knowledge of program development, management and facilitation as well as how to capture the impact of the programs on the clients. Intern will build professional relationships with clients, coordinate the facilitation of programs and maintain community collaborations. The intern will gain experience developing and modifying programs, learn to conduct regular needs assessments, and learn to integrate evidence into program development.