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Tahoe SAFE Alliance recruiting new volunteers

Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Tahoe SAFE Alliance announced the schedule for its eight-week spring Crisis Intervention Training, set to begin April 17, 2012. The organization encourages men to volunteer and help the agency in its mission of reducing the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in our communities. Several men completed the course last fall and have been excellent partners in the Tahoe SAFE Alliance mission.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance empowers survivors to move through crisis to self-sufficiency by providing reliable, consistent and progressive services. Volunteers work in a number of different programs requiring varying degrees of time commitment. All of the volunteers at Tahoe SAFE Alliance who work with clients must successfully complete the Crisis Intervention Training, which is offered bi-annually. Interested parties may send an e-mail to Karen Carey at kcarey@tahoesafealliance.org.

Tahoe SAFE Allianceand#8217;s Crisis Intervention Training is an intensive 68-hour course being held on a combination of Tuesday, Thursdays evenings, 6-9 p.m. and three Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., April 17 through June 7. Trainees will be expected to attend all the sessions. The classes will be conducted in the Meiling Room of the Parasol Building in Incline Village, Nev.

Topics covered during the training include: The basics of domestic violence and sexual assault, cultural diversity, substance abuse, legal issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse, acquaintance rape, child abuse, suicide, peer counseling and crisis intervention techniques.

Graduates are provided with a certificate of completion and are recognized as able to work in Crisis Intervention and Peer Counseling. Successful completion of the course will allow volunteers to contribute in any of the Tahoe SAFE Alliance client-based programs. These programs include the 24-Hour Community Helpline, the Childrenand#8217;s Program, the Violence Prevention Program, the Safehouse Program and legal services.

Volunteers find this work both stimulating and rewarding. Whether itand#8217;s giving clients important information when they need it 24 hours, or aiding to guide and empower children through positive role-modeling, creative self-expression, education and support.

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For more information contact Dawn Harris, development manager at 775-298-0169 or dawnh@tahoesafealliance.org.

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