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Lifeboat by NOMV Volunteer Mental Health Consultant

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ORGANIZATION: NOT ONE MORE VET INC

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Lifeboat by NOMV Mental Health Consultant (MHC)

Position

Did you know that veterinary professionals are at elevated risk for suicide and other painful mental health outcomes? If you are interested in joining a team focused on improving wellness in the veterinary profession, we are inviting licensed mental health professionals (e.g., psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors) to volunteer as mental health consultants for Lifeboat by Not One More Vet (NOMV). This provides licensed mental professionals an opportunity to:

  • Learn novel ways of helping people experiencing psychological distress
  • Understand the unique pain points veterinary professionals experience in their work
  • Let go of the burden of being the only professional responsible for someone in distress
  • Be connected to a community of forward thinking mental health professionals who are raising the bar on how to humanely embrace people experiencing suicidal thoughts
  • Help within a team that share responsibility so no one is ever over burdened

Lifeboat is an anonymous, asynchronous, web-based app that connects distressed veterinary professionals with trained veterinary companions who provide peer-to-peer support. Our approach to peer support is based on several evidence-based models (i.e. the Recovery to Practice Project and the Wellness Recovery Action Plan) as well as emergent and innovative techniques to humanely embrace individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts and significant emotional distress. NOMV is a 501(c)(3) public charity, the app is free to use, and any data generated by the app are only used for program evaluation and academic research.

Mental Health Consultants do not directly engage with the individuals seeking support (i.e. this is not direct mental health service provision); instead, they offer asynchronous consultation through the app to the team of veterinary companion volunteers. This includes identifying appropriate resources, addressing issues of self care with the companions, and offering advice about how best to help distressed users of the app.

Please note: At this time, the volunteer Mental Health Consultant role is restricted to mental health professionals with a current license in the United States of America.

Tasks
  • Complete the Lifeboat Asynchronous Training Course
  • Become familiarized with the resource database
  • Construct a weekly schedule of availability and do a handoff to the next MHC
  • Regular review of Pod chat, Pack chat, and Pod notes during shift
  • Attend Monthly Supervision and debriefing on high-risk peers
  • Review and address Pack Temperature Checks.
  • We will create ad hoc forums for MHC consultations with individual companions; otherwise they would have access to previous chats with other companions
  • Make note of any tech requests or bug reports on the Lifeboat Trello Board
Skills
  • Excellent online communication skills, including the ability to convey active, non judgemental listening to someone in distress in a text environment
  • Regular review of Pod chat, Pack chat, and Pod notes during shift
  • Attend Monthly Supervision and debriefing on high-risk peers
  • Review and address Pack Temperature Check Assessments to monitor volunteer wellbeing
Setting
  • Custom online app developed specifically for Lifeboat by NOMV.
Schedule/Commitment
  • Training - most volunteers complete the training in 10-15 hours
  • Approximately 5 hours per month engaging with the app
  • Approximately 1-2 hours per month attending MHC team meetings via Zoom
Training/Supervision
  • Lifeboat by NOMV’s online training module is self directed. Volunteers are asked to complete the training at their own pace within 14 days. However, more time is allotted if necessary. Most volunteers complete the training in approximately 10-15 hours.
  • Direct supervision is provided by NOMV’s Programs Administrator as well as other volunteers serving as Mental Health Consultants in the Lifeboat program. Volunteers are expected to collaborate and cooperate with NOMV staff and other volunteers to promote the values of the Lifeboat program and NOMV’s mission

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About NOT ONE MORE VET INC

Location:

1120 Bird Ave Ste F #233, SAN JOSE, CA 95125, US

Mission Statement

NOMV will transform the status of mental wellness within the profession so veterinary professionals can survive and thrive through education, resources, and support

Description

NOMV addresses wellbeing in veterinary medicine through multiple innovative and inclusive pathways including: evidence-based peer support; comprehensive programs providing leadership focused on wellness; grant programs providing financial support for individuals and clinics experiencing crisis; membership and best practices programs addressing mental health from educational institutions to the workplace; raising awareness of the status of mental health in the profession; and research to further the advancement of wellness, mental health, and the reduction of suicide in veterinary professionals.

CAUSE AREAS

Crisis Support
Employment
Health & Medicine
Crisis Support, Employment, Health & Medicine

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

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

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Must be a licensed mental health professional (e.g., psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors)

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