ASL (American Sign Language) Volunteers Needed-Peer Support Group Leader (VIRTUAL!!)
National Alliance on Mental Illness- Greater Cleveland
NAMI Peer Support Group Facilitators are trained NAMI leaders who lead NAMI Recovery Support Groups. They play an important role in ensuring all participants feel welcomed and supported.
NAMI Support Group Facilitators are uniquely qualified to lead support groups because they are going through their own recovery process.
By utilizing NAMI-trained support group methods, they empathize with and encourage those who are just beginning the journey to a renewed life. A NAMI Peer Support Group Facilitator ensures that the group shares responsibility for maintaining guidelines, sustains clear participant boundaries, clarifies goals, and reinforces communication skills that encourage group participation.
Minimum Requirements for Volunteer Facilitators
- Must be fluent in ASL (American Sign Language)
- Be in solid recovery (Solid recovery = in a relatively stable place in his/her wellness and ready to assist others by leading support groups using the skills of the NAMI Peer Support Group model)
- Committed to facilitating Peer Support Groups in his/her community for a minimum of one year
- Actively engaged in maintaining his/her wellness
- Respects his/her own emotional and physical resources and limitations
- As a facilitator, does not act in the capacity of therapist or any other health professional
- Adheres to the integrity of the NAMI Peer Recovery Support Group model. Demonstrates this at each group by utilizing the facilitation tools and skills he/she has been trained by NAMI to provide
- Facilitates each meeting to the best of his/her ability
- When facilitating or attending a group as a participant, conducts him/herself in a respectful manner with courtesy and appropriate behavior
- Willingness to participate in continued development to provide the best support group possible and continually improve facilitator skills
- Respects cultural and lifestyle differences of group participants
- Understands that his/her behaviors reflect on the integrity and perception of NAMI and the programs NAMI offers and, therefore, keeps personal opinions and actions separate from those made as a NAMI leader
- Is (or willing to become a member of NAMI
About National Alliance on Mental Illness- Greater Cleveland
2012 West 25th Street, Suite 705, Cleveland, OH 44113, US
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Greater Cleveland is dedicated to empowering those living with mental illness and their family members to achieve a better quality of life by providing education, support, information, and referrals.
NAMI Greater Cleveland provides services to those with serious mental illnesses and their family members through a variety of support and education programs. In addition, we advocate on behalf of our members and the community on issues related to mental illness. Program highlights include:
- Support Groups: 16 groups providing mutual support averaging 2,500 visits per year;
- Helpline: providing information and referral to over 1,485 callers per year;
- Educational Courses: free classes, including NAMI’s signature Family to Family course, reaching over 75 participants per year;
- Outreach: providing information about mental illness via our Community Education Nights, Speakers Bureau and Health Fairs to more than 1,100 people per year;
- Multi-Cultural Outreach: providing specialized services to the African-American and Hispanic communities, including Spanish-language courses and materials.