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Volunteer Cognitive Skills Workshop Facilitators Older Adults

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Last updated on October 21, 2014

The Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) is seeking to expand its successful volunteer facilitated, evidence-based, cognitive skill workshop program. Over the past 24 months volunteers have facilitated 2hr/2session workshops with over 2000 offenders earning completion certificates. The Department is interested to expand the cadre of volunteers to meet the increasing demand for the successful workshops.

Volunteers will be trained to facilitate a Cognitive Skills workshop as well as be provided with a thorough understanding of the group process, classroom management skills, and the necessary requirements for being an effective group facilitator. Instructional strategies will include instructor led learning, group discussion, small group exercises, and role-playing exercises. The sequence of instruction and learning experiences are designed to equip trainees with the knowledge and skill to demonstrate the desired outcome of the lesson. The seven lesson plans include: Active Listening, Problem Solving, Asking For Help, Assertive Communication, Using Self-Control, Setting Goals and Negotiating.

Volunteers will be required to attend an orientation program that will provide an understanding of the rules, responsibilities, and standard procedures of required conduct for all individuals who enter the correctional institution.

This opportunity is sponsored by: Department Of Correction

This volunteer opportunity is available to the following types of volunteers
Older Adults  Young Adults (18-25)
Adults (26-54)
We need volunteers who are free at these times
Evenings  Weekdays
Frequency Available
This volunteer opportunity addresses the following social interests
Education & Literacy

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Contact Person:
Bill Milhomme, Director Of Volunteer Services, (phone), (email)
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 50 Milford Street
Milford, MA 01757
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Last updated on October 21, 2014

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Volunteering in the prisons has been inspiring and has deepened my spiritual llife enormously.
 The Alternatives to Violence Project workshops provide experiential community building and skills in communication, cooperation, and conflict resolution. In facilitating these workshops for the last 15 years, I have profoundly experienced the power of individuals to overcome years of isolation, distrust and fear to build a community based on respect and caring. I now direct a small non-profit dedicated to bringing volunteers into the prisons and to being a voice for prisoners outside the wall.
posted by Natural Nancy on October 17, 2008

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