Website Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), a program of Mental Health Partners
Boulder County's only sexual assault resource center
Job Description: Mental Health Partners MESA Volunteer Advocate
Title: MESA Volunteer Advocate
Supervised by: Hotline Supervisor, MESA/MHP
Time Required: One 24-hour weekend shift per month or three, seven-hour text line shifts per month, two evening meetings (per month); paperwork
Training Provided: minimum 40 hours of multidisciplinary training by MESA/MHP
1. General Duties and Responsibilities:
This is a volunteer/unpaid position through Mental Health Partners and MESA. Volunteers must first pass a background check before volunteering as an advocate. Volunteer advocates commit to staffing a 24-hour crisis/in-person response line, including holiday coverage, to provide in-person crisis intervention, emotional support, legal and medical advocacy, information, and referrals for survivors of sexual violence, their friends, and family.
2. Specific Tasks
- Provide telephonic, text and in-person response for survivors of sexual violence, their friends and family.
- Supply immediate emotional support, information and referrals to sexual assault survivors and their significant others in person and/or telephonically.
- Act as an advocate for the client during law enforcement investigations; the criminal justice process; courtroom appearances; and medical procedures, including evidence exam.
3. Definition of Duties:
- Be on-call during assigned shifts, a minimum of 24 hours a month on the hotline or text line
- Provide emotional support, information and referrals to sexual assault clients and their loved ones.
- Collaborate with other agencies (law enforcement, hospital personnel, etc.) to benefit clients and coordinate care.
- Provide thorough and appropriate follow-up, support, and referral services, as needed for each client.
- Protect the confidentiality of all clients, except when mandatory reporting applies, and to provide counseling according to generally accepted ethical principles.
- Complete all MESA paperwork and data collection within one hour of the end of a phone call or hospital accompaniment.
- Follow the MESA Fundamental Guidelines.
- Attend all required monthly team and supervision group meetings. Monthly meetings are 2 hours the first Thursday of each month. Supervision groups (Super Groups) meet once a month for 2 hours.
- Communicate with staff about scheduling conflicts or changes.
- Ensure clients are aware of rights and protections throughout the criminal legal process.
To apply for this job please visit movingtoendsexualassault.org.