Employer: Safe Voices
Internship Number: 170
Internship Title: Kids’ Club Co-Facilitator & Helpline Assistant
Location: Farmington, Maine
Period of Engagement: Spring to Summer (summer term ideal, but not required)
Compensation: None
Description of the Internship:

The mission of Safe Voices is to support and empower those affected by domestic violence and engage the community in creating social change in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties. This position would serve in Franklin County specifically. Locally, Safe Voices employs two staff; a direct service advocate and a community educator in prevention. Staff time is dedicated to assisting survivors with a variety of needs from court proceedings to placement in emergency shelter; answering the 24-hour helpline and providing resources and referrals; administering a weekly women’s support group onsite; managing a food pantry accessible to clients; providing prevention education in local schools, businesses, and organizations; raising awareness of domestic violence and building partnerships within various sectors to help end partner abuse.

Our Kids’ Club/Mom’s Empowerment program is an evidence-based curriculum focused on educating both mom’s and children about violence in the home and its effects on the family.  The children’s groups are phase-based, beginning with strategies to enhance children’s sense of safety, developing the therapeutic alliance, and creating a common vocabulary of emotions for making sense of violent experiences.  Later sessions address responsibility for violence, managing emotions, conflict and resolution skills, and family relationships.  The parenting program is designed to support and empower mothers to discuss the impact of violence on their children’s development, to build parenting competence, to provide a safe place for discussing parenting fears and worries, and to build social connections within a supportive group setting.  This study confirms what other researchers have shown regarding greater success in improving attitudes and reducing aggression when both the non-offending parent and child are treated.

It is anticipated that the student intern would work 30-40 hours per week, in office work, groups, presentations, and Helpline hours (which may be done offsite as negotiated).  Safe Voices would prefer to fill this position as early in the Winter term as possible.  However, if a student applicant has already completed the Helpline training and would like to begin earlier than January, Safe Voices could accommodate that request.

The successful candidate will benefit immensely through:  their newly acquired Helpline skills (ability to demonstrate clear-headed thinking in crisis situations to future employers); opportunities to network with area professionals; special event planning experience; increased knowledge of area resources; opportunities to develop media materials; and the knowledge that they are helping victims of domestic violence and could potentially save a life.

Responsibilities:
As a prerequisite for consideration for this position, the student intern candidate will be required to engage in the Safe Voices’ Helpline training (20 hours) to better understand the dynamics of domestic violence, the importance of confidentiality, and how best to support a survivor of abuse.  The training is being offered on UMF’s campus from September 27-29.  Subsequent trainings will be offered via Skype TBD.  This training will allow the individual to support a variety of services offered, including but not limited to the following:

  • Staffing the 24-hour Helpline as needed throughout the course of their work with Safe Voices, which will allow our Advocate to bring her services out into the community, thus extending our reach and further lowering barriers for rural clients seeking services.
  • Inventorying available community resources and updating agency helpline binder.
  • Assisting with:  the facilitation of the Kids’ Club/Mom’s Empowerment support group (ages range from 6-12 years, depending on session being offered); with the preparation of supplies (materials and snacks); the coordination of activities; and, with documentation of the sessions.  The next session will occur once weekly for 10 weeks and will begin in the winter/spring.
  • Assisting the Community Educator with the development of various school and community presentations, and co-present to a variety of audiences.
  • Participating in the planning and implementation of various special events, particularly in February (which is Teen Dating and Violence Awareness Month), such as student-geared PSA’s, a student arts night, etc.
  • Attending and taking minutes of the Franklin County Domestic Violence Task Force (FCDVTF) meetings every other month and assisting with coordination of FCDVTF collaborative efforts.
  • Aid Safe Voices’ staff in general office work, such as photocopying, filing, etc.
Qualifications:
  • Save Voices Helpline training completion
  • Proficiency with Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Publisher)
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • A willingness to help others in crisis
  • Self-motivated
  • Some flexibility required
Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Internship Application Form online.
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