(Plymouth and Woodbury Counties)
While there are no academic prerequisites or experience as a professional counselor required, we have general qualifications that are extremely important for volunteer participation at SafePlace. The most important prerequisite for being successful, as a volunteer, is an interest in people and their welfare. Background checks are completed for all volunteer applicants. It’s important as well to have:
- A firm belief in the philosophy of empowerment. Empowerment means: a) assisting the client in the process of reclaiming her own power, gaining control over her life and finding resources b) providing information and skills on personal, interpersonal, and social levels.
- The ability and willingness to learn about, or have prior knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault.
- An honest conviction of the dignity and value of all individuals.
- Sensitivity to women’s issues.
- A personal and professional integrity.
- An ability to effectively relate to persons from various socio-economic, ethnic, and religious groups from both urban and rural areas.
- A willingness to work with victims of abuse in a crisis situation.
- A monthly time commitment of 10-15 hours.