Tahoe Women’s Services recruiting new volunteers, training schedule announced | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Women’s Services recruiting new volunteers, training schedule announced

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8211; Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Services (TWS), a nonprofit organization, announced the schedule for its eight-week Spring Crisis Intervention Training, set to begin April 12, 2011. The organization is encouraging men to volunteer and help the agency in its mission of reducing the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Several men completed the course last fall and have been excellent partners in the TWS mission. TWS 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 Womenand#8217;s Services who work with clients must successfully complete the Crisis Intervention Training, which is offered bi-annually. Interested parties can send an e-mail to hayley@tahoewomenservices.org.

Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Servicesand#8217; Crisis Intervention Training is an intensive 68-hour course being held on a combination of Tuesday and Thursdays evenings 6-9 p.m. and three Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The trainees will be expected to attend all the sessions.

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 Womenand#8217;s Services client-based programs. These programs include the 24-Hour Community Help Line, 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 a day, or aiding to guide and empower children through positive role-modeling, creative self-expression, education and support, this experience is sure to be a valuable growth opportunity for all community members.

For more information about any of the programs please call Hayley Adamski, volunteer and event coordinator at 775-298-0182 or hayley@tahoewomenservices.org.

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