Volunteer Clinician Position
The heart of the organization, Volunteer Clinicians commit to taking on one client—pro bono—for as long as it takes. Typically, they provide one hour of therapy per week with as much consistency in day, time, and location as possible. On average, our clients see their therapist for up to three years, though we have some volunteers who have been seeing their same client for up to 15 years.
Most Clinicians will have an opportunity to join a local consultation group. These groups provide training, networking, and expert consultation regarding this population. At times, Clinicians may need to hold collateral meetings with various family members, foster parents, or social workers. We rely on the experience of our volunteers, along with their consultation group leaders, to decide how and when to have collateral meetings. Clinicians have anywhere from weekly to monthly direct contact with their Consultation Group Leader and Clinical Director.
Local chapters also offer events to attend that provide Continuing Education units, training, and networking opportunities. Satellite Volunteer Clinicians (Clinicians not associated with a chapter or a Clinical Director) will, in most cases, have the opportunity to participate in a virtual consultation group and can receive clinical support from the Director of Clinical Programs and the Program Director.
The position of Clinician requires, at a minimum, the following:
- Licensed as a mental health clinician (Couple & Family Therapist, Professional Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, Psychologists)
- Psychiatric nurse practitioners and/or psychiatrists may be eligible, if they have relevant psychotherapy training
- Completed volunteer application and interview with local Clinical Director
- CV and three professional references
- Able and willing to participate in a consultation group
- Committed to completing three Continuing Education units per year through A Home Within throughout their tenure
- Responds to all communications from Clinical Director and national office within three business days
- Available to speak with research team for grant funding one time per year, if needed