We Are Hiring: Art Group Facilitators

Position Title:  Peer Arts Group Facilitator

Goal of the Position:  The facilitator is genuinely attentive to the needs of the group and believes in the value and benefit of the group process by successfully utilizing group facilitation techniques.

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate two-hour supportive arts group once a month
  • Timely communication with I Still Matter Director
  • Create group activities and successfully implement 
  • Working with Director, collect all materials needed for group
  • Come to group prepared with all materials including: Group Sign-In Sheet/Feeling Flowers/Resource List
  • Hand out “Feeling Flower” check in before group and collect after group
  • Take photos of artwork and process during sessions (You will get guidance on this)
  • Understand, communicate, and promote the purpose and value of a supportive group environment
  • Set the tone for appropriate behavior of the group through empathy, humor, and openness
  • Moderate sharing during group discussion to keep the group within appropriate limits
  • Post signs with arrows to direct people to the meeting room on the day of the meeting
  • Help promote monthly meetings through Social Media, Flyers and Resources
  • Knowledge of local mental health resources 
  • Assess when a group member needs more help than the group can provide and refer that person appropriately
  • Ability to gently address minor disciplinary problems and redirect, if needed

Qualifications:

  • Passion for peer support and helping others
  • Passion for and experience with artistic process
  • Dependability and reliability
  • Actively working on your own wellness plan and/or have taken a WRAP course
  • Identifies as a “peer” and has at least two years of recovery http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/peer-services
  • Comfortable with group dynamic
  • Ability to suspend judgment while trying to understand a peers point of view
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and listening skills
  • Ability to use humor while showing genuine care and compassion for peers
  • Desire and ability to use ISM group tools such as: SAMHSA’s 8-Dimensions of Wellness and Leadership in the Age of Complexity
  • Complete Mental Health First Aid training within the first 5 months

Time Commitment:

  • Four hours per month for preparation, submission of Feeling Flowers and follow up with Director
  • Attend any trainings

Benefits:

  • $50.00 stipend for leading a 2-hour group
  • Satisfaction in the support given to peers
  • Support in a community of peers
  • Opportunity to gain valuable job experience and to learn about the field of mental health and Certified Peer Specialists with other professionals/peers in the field
  • Increased awareness and understanding of peer support, mental health and related resources
  • Obtain volunteer hours needed for graduation
  • Be a part of something bigger than you #bethechange

If interested, contact Carmen at: [email protected]

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