Please complete this application form if you are interested in interning with Denton County Friends of the Family. Please note that all DCFOF internships are unpaid. However in return for intern's dedication and hardwork, DCFOF strives to provide close supervision and feedback. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.
We like to keep volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities by email, however will not send you any email you prefer not to receive. Use the checkboxes below to select the kinds of email you would like to receive from us.
In order to volunteer with our agency, you must meet the following requirements: pass a criminal background check, pass a child abuse/neglect registry check, have not received DCFOF services within the past year, and are 18 years or older.
You may optionally provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers.
Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer. Many of our volunteer and internship roles require extensive screening and training; thus, we prefer a minimum one year commitment of volunteer service.
Help us find the best volunteer opportunity(ies) for you!
Please enter 3 references (at least 2 professional references and no more than 1 personal reference).
For volunteers seeking to work directly with clients:
Many clients have chaotic lives, tragic circumstances, and are very, very distressed. Sometimes, volunteers can feel similarly overwhelmed and distressed. There is also a phenomenon called “vicarious traumatization”, where you may feel similar victimization after listening to clients tell their story. Additionally, volunteers often have their own past experiences of abuse or assault. These similar experiences may be what gave you the passion to reach out and help others! Giving back and making a difference can be rewarding and healing, however, it can also trigger unresolved issues and pain. If you have not obtained counseling to work on past abuse or trauma, we strongly encourage you to do so before volunteering to work with victims. Due to potential conflicts of interest, we ask that current clients seek volunteer opportunities at other agencies. A client must have terminated services at least a year prior to volunteering with our agency. If you choose to receive client services at Friends of the Family, we will ask you to stop your volunteer activities. If you want to seek counseling elsewhere can provide some referral options. There are many volunteer options that do not include direct work with clients!
Considering the above information, please let us know whether or not you would like to work directly with clients.
Each DCFOF intern is required to attend our New Worker's Institute (NWI) prior to starting their internship with DCFOF. Interns must attend all days and all sessions. Below are the scheduled days for NWI for the Fall semester:
- Spring - January 5th-8th 2021
Counseling interns must be currently enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, or a similar program. Depending on the availability of supervision, we will also occasionally accept LPC-Interns and Post-Doctorates.
If this applies to you then you must complete the following portion:
I understand and agree that submitting this application form does not automatically register me as a Denton County Friends of the Family volunteer, and that there may be certain qualifications I must meet, including the acceptance of established volunteer policies and procedures before I may begin volunteering.
By submitting this form, I attest that the information I have provided on the form is true and accurate.