SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR TRAINING
The Austin Center for Grief & Loss has been proudly serving the Austin Community since 2007. Our extensive volunteer training prepares our support group facilitators to support and accompany children and adults who are experiencing grief, loss, and trauma on their journey to hope, healing and transformation.
The clinician-led Volunteer Facilitator training consists of 8 classroom hours spread out over 4 2-hour sessions and 6-8 group observations. We ask that prospective volunteer facilitators attend all 4 training dates. If you are interested in serving as a Volunteer Facilitator, please complete our Volunteer Application.
The cost to attend this training is $125. Payment for the training is expected prior to scheduling your first interview with our Volunteer Coordinator. $100 of the fee is refundable upon completion of 30 volunteer hours, or this can be donated to Austin Grief to continue our mission.
Upon completion of training, volunteers are able to facilitate all grief and loss support groups offered by Austin Grief. Support groups meet twice per month on an on-going basis. Volunteers arrive at 6:30 pm for the pre-group meeting and stay until approximately 8:30 pm to debrief. We also offer daytime support groups. Support groups run for 75 minutes. There are also additional opportunities to join a group as a substitute when a designated co-facilitator is unable to attend.
We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of 1 year of service volunteering with consistency of attendance for the benefit of group members. This may include any of our other volunteer opportunities or actively substituting for other facilitators. We also offer continuing education sessions on a quarterly basis to support the work and growth of our volunteer facilitators.
Thank you for your interest in sharing in the hope, healing and transformation with The Austin Center for Grief & Loss.
Please email questions to Ariana Valadez at firstname.lastname@example.org.