There are both personal and professional reasons to become a volunteer crisis worker:
- Make a difference in someone’s life.
- Learn how to effectively listen and communicate with others.
- Gain skills and abilities to help others help themselves.
- Gain insight about yourself and your relationships to others.
- Gain valuable skills to enhance your education and resume’.
- Learn about the myriad of resources available to our community.
What are the requirements?
There are a few requirements that must be met before you may become a volunteer crisis worker:
- Potential candidates must be 18 years of age or older (or within 6 months of turning 18 years of age to attend the training).
- Potential candidates cannot be current clients of Kitsap Mental Health, Jefferson Mental Health, or Peninsula Behavioral Health.
- Potential candidates must fill out an application and meet with the supervisor for an informal “meet & greet” interview.
- Potential candidates must complete training with the supervisor.
What is the commitment?
In general we ask that volunteers:
- Volunteer for at least one 4-hour shift per week.
- Volunteer for one overnight shift per month in addition to their regular shift.
- Volunteer for at least one year.
- Attend monthly meetings and trainings.
What is the Crisis Clinic training?
We offer training in crisis intervention for new volunteers several times a year.
Training consist of:
- Thirty-six hours of classroom training.
- Training topics include:
- Crisis Clinic services, problem solving, empathetic/active listening, communications skills, call handling, mental health system information, community resources, mental health disorders, grief, domestic violence, role plays, procedures, and suicide assessment/intervention.
- Ten hours of observations with tenured volunteers:
- Listen-in on volunteers working the line, practice crisis clinic procedures, and begin taking calls.
- One hour of training in the use of the Crisis Clinic database.
If you download the application please fill out the “Volunteer app rev 1.doc” and “Child and Adult Abuse Info Check.doc” and mail to the address on the top of the application form, or email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the requirements, commitment, or training, please fill out the contact form or call (360) 415-5816.