A golden opportunity to gain experience and build networks
Kaye Misuraca, Counselling Student
Anxiety Recovery Centre of Victoria (ARCVIC) - Providing phone support, referrals and information to those with anxiety disorders.
While studying as an undergraduate student at ACAP, I became a member of the Anxiety Recovery Centre of Victoria (ARCVIC) following research into support services for my son who experiences anxiety and depression. After joining I applied for a volunteer role, providing phone support, referrals and information to those with anxiety disorders.
"Volunteering within your chosen industry while studying opens doors for the future"
I submitted my resume and underwent an interview process. Once accepted, I was provided 3 days of helpline training, database instruction, and the Livingworks safeTALK suicide intervention training. What a wonderful opportunity for further learning!!!!
Management at ARCVIC have also offered to facilitate my student placement. While thoroughly enjoying every moment of my involvement with this organisation, volunteering here has secured my placement with great ease, within an environment that has me feel comfortable and extremely well supported.
Other rewards include: opportunities to apply many of the skills I have been taught at ACAP, access to a wide range of community resources as well as to the extensive ARCVIC library, opportunities to network among other volunteers, students and community health workers, free training and engagement with like minded people while receiving the enormous rewards which come with making valuable differences to the lives of others. It's great!
Volunteering – the key to a successful student placement!
Finding a suitable student placement can take time, particularly if you lack relevant skills and experience. Make the process easier by volunteering from your first year of study.
Counselling students - ideally you should volunteer in an agency that offers counselling, as this may then give you the opportunity to complete your counselling placement at the same agency when you reach your final year. For non-counselling students, apply to agencies which will allow you to develop skills in areas that you would like to gain paid employment.
Current Volunteering Opportunities
Skattle, Brisbane; Overseas Program India. Information brochure. Please note; this program does not satisfy ACAP placement requirements.
Max Potential Volunteer Coaches Sydney -excellent experience for coaching trainees who would like to gain experience in working with young adults. Full training provided. DETAILS HERE; Timeline; Application.
The Helmsman Project Volunteers Sydney -a great opportunity for any student who intends to pursue a career path working with young adolescents - Great experience for your resume! DETAILS HERE.
ReachOut Youth Volunteers Sydney -most appropriate for VET students or SoC students studying coaching. DETAILS HERE.
Raise Foundation Sydney and Melbourne - A great chance to get some experience counselling young people. DETAILS HERE.
SMART Recovery is not-for-profit addiction support program that uses cognitive behavioural therapy tools and techniques. It's an evidence-based behaviour change program assisting people with any problematic behaviours, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others. Weekly support meetings are run across the county that are free and open to all. Smart Recovery provide 2-day training courses for individuals wanting to learn how to administer the program.
CAN Volunteer Hub
We are seeking volunteers to work in our community phone support team providing peer and practical support to people who have recently been discharged from a mental health unit.
- Certification such as Cert IV in Mental Health, AOD, Community Services, Counselling or higher qualification and lived experience of mental illness are essential.
- Shifts are from 5-9 pm various days.
- Our office is in the Liverpool or Belrose area.
This offers a privileged experience to give fellow consumers support, many of whom are living in isolated conditions.
We will provide training in :
- Peer Support,
- Trauma Informed Practice,
- Suicide Prevention,
- Dealing with the Bereaved.
Please forward you resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information regarding our work is available online at www.canmentalhealth.org.au