Support Group Volunteer Facilitators
The Alliance Health Project seekis volunteers to be facilitators in support groups.
AHP conducts more than 20 groups a week, with many of these groups facilitated by volunteers. Most volunteer-facilitated groups are for people living with HIV. In addition, HIV prevention groups or other groups specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) people may have volunteer facilitators.
Group facilitation in HIV support groups requires a general understanding of HIV. Group facilitation in other groups requires a general understanding of HIV prevention or issues affecting people who are LGBTQ. Groups meet weekly and are held weekdays in the daytime and evenings.
Group facilitation experience is helpful, but not necessary. In addition to participation in a weekend training, volunteers agree to commit up to 10 hours to 12 hours a month for at least six months.
Currently, we especially encourage the following people to apply:
- People who are living with HIV
- People who have daytime availability
- People who are interested in volunteering for a year or more.
For participants who qualify, AHP holds a weekend-long training, which focuses on the fundamentals of support group facilitation. The training is held no more than once a year and the next training is scheduled for October 2012.
People interested in receiving an application for the next training may contact
John Tighe, LCSW, Groups and Workshops Program Coordinator, at 415-502-7585.