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.
Write a great resume
Organisations expect you to have a professional resume. Prepare your resume before you approach a suitable volunteer agency.
Review the Sample Resume Format. Use this format to write your professional resume. Ensure that your resume includes ACHIEVEMENTS, is not crowded and is font size 11.5 at least. Three pages is perfectly acceptable if you have considerable industry experience.
Current Volunteering Opportunities
Therapy4Refugees - seeking volunteer graduates of Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy course to provide crisis contact and support to refugees and asylum seekers in PNG, Nauru or offshore detention centres. Volunteers provide phone, email or online support. Orientation and monthly online case discussion provided. All counselling and supervision hours count towards post training provisional and clinical PACFA registration. Position Description Volunteer Application For further details contact Ione Lewis; firstname.lastname@example.org
Max Potential Volunteer Coaches Sydney 2020 - excellent experience for coaching trainees who would like to gain experience in working with young adults. Full training provided.
Melbourne Volunteer Opportunities: There are a number of excellent volunteer options available for ACAP students in Melbourne.
The opportunities below are not placement opportunities. However, they are ideal for pre-placement students seeking valuable volunteer experience in a community agency prior to placement.
All volunteer opportunities require a minimum commitment of 6 months which provides continuity for both agency staff and stakeholders and allows volunteers to get the most out of their experience.
A Working with Children Check and current National Police Check may be required as part the Recruitment & Selection Process
Please note that since these are not ACAP placements it is your responsibility to check that the agency provides volunteer insurance.
Melbourne volunteer opportunities: DETAILS HERE.
Family Drug Support (FDS), Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane - telephone support. Excellent preparation experience for your final year placement. FDS is primarily made up of volunteers who have experienced first-hand the trauma and chaos of having family members with drug dependency. Students need to be mature, and must have a fixed land line - mobile phones cannot be used.
FDS is a caring, non-religious and non-judgmental organisation that offers support to the Friends and families of drug users. Training for volunteer Counsellors focuses on reflective listening and motivational interviewing which are highly sought after skills and experience by our placement agencies. Students with experience get the best placements and often the best job offers, so start ASAP to ensure you have one or two years experience by your final year and placement.
Students with experience get the best placements and often the best job offers, so start ASAP to ensure you have one or two years experience by your final year and placement.
Volunteers are rostered on for a monthly shift.
Adelaide: 30 Nov and 1 Dec 2019
Brisbane: 26-27 Oct 2019
Sydney: 2020 dates TBA
Contact Volunteer Manager 0416 212 426 or Head Office (02) 4782 9222 for further information.
Coolum Hearts, Coolum QLD - seeking volunteer counselling or psychology student to facilitate a women's resilience group. Please note, this would not satisfy ACAP placement requirements, but would provide excellent experience. Contact 0476 528 992 for further information.
Pregnancy Counselling Link Brisbane - volunteers for their pre and post pregnancy services. Suitable for students with a passion for parenting. Contact (07) 3512 7999 for further information.
Group 61, Brisbane - seeking volunteers for their mental health befriending program. Volunteers spend two hours a week over a period of a year with members. Contact 1800 448 448 for further information.
Youngcare Share House, Wooloowin, Brisbane - currently seeking volunteers to assist staff with daily programs, activities and outings; and for people interested in visiting and becoming friends with individuals or small groups of residents on a regular basis.
Yourtown Community Volunteers, various locations Brisbane - seeking volunteers to support local programs, workshops and activities which may include language, literacy and numeracy tutoring, arts, sports, dance and creative workshops. Volunteers work alongside trained volunteers.
Raise Foundation Sydney and Melbourne - a great chance to get some experience counselling young people.
SMART Recovery - is a not for profit addiction support program using cognitive behavioral therapy tools and techniques. It is an evidence based behavior change program assisting people with problematic behaviors, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, internet and others. Weekly support meetings are run across the country which are free and open to all. Smart Recovery provide 2 day training courses for individuals wanting to learn how to administer the program.