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The District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants has partnered with Give an Hour to develop the Enhancing the District’s Response to Trauma (EDRT) project. Across the District, traumatic exposure is high and exposure to multiple traumatic events is common. There is a critical need to effectively respond to the mental health needs of trauma victims and by harnessing the skills and generosity of mental health professionals in DC, together we can provide those in need with help and hope.

DC licensed mental health professionals are invited to set aside one session per week for one year to see a pro bono client from the EDRT project. There is a high need for video counseling by DC licensed mental health professionals and we need your help. EDRT clients are victims of crime, justice-involved adults and juveniles, previously incarcerated persons, and youth at risk of truancy or juvenile delinquency. Services may be provided by phone, in person or using HIPAA compliant video therapy.

Providers sign up on our website as ready and available to assist someone when the need arises. Not all mental health professionals will have a client all year. The commitment is flexible and Give an Hour works with you to ensure you are receiving the information, training and tools to be successful, including:

  • Free Continuing Education
  • Free and discounted tools for use in private practice
  • Free opportunities to connect with experts and professionals

Healing Begins with YOU

One hour a week can truly make a difference in someone’s life. If you are a DC-licensed mental health professional carrying malpractice insurance, visit our registration page for additional information on how you can serve as a provider in the Give an Hour network for EDRT.

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Give an Hour:
Give an Hour(tm) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3), that develops networks of skill-based volunteer professionals to provide free mental health services to our countries vulnerable populations, such as military veterans, at-risk youth, and survivors of gun violence. Thus far, the U.S. network of 7,000 licensed mental health professionals has provided more than 284,000 hours of care and support to those in need, valued at $28 million.

District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants:

The District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants develops, funds, and coordinates programs that improve public safety; enhance the administration of justice; and create systems of care for crime victims, youth, and their families in the District. To increase support systems for crime victims, youth, and their families in the District, The District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants is partnering with Give an Hour to provide mental-health services to residents of the District of Columbia under a new initiative: Enhancing the District’s Response to Trauma (EDRT).

*This ad was produced by Give an Hour, under 2019-PGAHDC-0001, awarded by the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, Executive Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Executive Office of the Mayor.

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Mission Statement

Give an Hour’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. By harnessing the skill and expertise of volunteer professionals, we are able to increase the likelihood that those in need receive the support and care they deserve.


We believe that within our communities we have the resources to address many of the challenges that face our society. These challenges, such as time in military service or victims of crime, often result in emotional pain and suffering. Since 2005 we have focused on providing free mental health care to active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, veterans, and their families. In 2015, Give an Hour launched the Campaign to Change Direction, a public health effort designed to change the culture of mental health so that those who are suffering emotionally are better able to seek and receive care. In 2016, we began expanding our efforts to address the mental health needs of other populations. Presently, we are seeking mental health professionals to serve multiple populations.


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  • Mental Health
  • Case Work / Management
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Social Work




  • Providers offer 1 hour per week for one year. Not all providers will have a client for this time frame. Clients may be seen in person, via phone or video counseling.
  • You must be fully licensed by a mental health regulation body in the District of Columbia to qualify for this volunteer role.

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