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Early-Stage Support Group Facilitator
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Early-Stage Support Group Facilitator
Volunteer Position  
Qualifications Required:
1. Master's Level Degreed as a health professional (e.g., social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, nurse) or equivalently experienced
2. Experience facilitating support groups
3. Experience working with people with dementia is preferred
4. Attend the Alzheimer’s Association ESML Support Group facilitator training
5. Willingness to make 10-month commitment
6. Ability to redirect and facilitate discussion
7. Be comfortable with the expression of emotions
8. Able to separate personal needs of self from needs of the group
9. Strong listening skills 
Time commitment:
1. Time per month for the group meetings – approximately 1.5 hours every other week
2. Offered in 12 – 16 week segments, every other week
3. Estimate of time per month required for phone calls between meetings – 30 minutes
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1. Facilitating the group during scheduled meeting times (This could include presenting on a dementia-related educational topic and/or leading a support-focused group discussion.)
2. Setting expectations and define purpose of the group
3. Maintaining group confidentiality
4. Making referrals when necessary
5. Delivering information about advocacy and fundraising opportunities as provided by the chapter
6. Arranging speakers/presenters for the group as needed
7. Presenting pertinent chapter materials and information to group members
8. Following expectations and recommendations of the Early-Stage Support Group Facilitator Manual, including participation in ongoing training and record keeping  
For more information, please contact Joel Loiacono at or call 509.473.3390.


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