Emerge Pediatric Therapy welcomes prospective therapy students to volunteer with group and individual therapy sessions, as well as with our community events. As a teaching clinic, we use state of the art equipment, evidenced based practice, highly trained clinical therapists, and a well developed program to provide quality observation experiences that enrich the volunteer positions. Volunteering can be beneficial to the prospective student’s experience, prior to applying to and entering a graduate program.
Goals of the Volunteer Programs:
The Emerge Pediatric Therapy Volunteer Programs are designed to:
- Provide opportunities for observation of individual and/or group therapy sessions to the prospective graduate student.
- Train prospective therapy students as volunteers through an application, interview, and orientation process.
- Provide opportunities for trained volunteers to assist with setup and cleanup of therapy sessions.
- Provide opportunities for trained volunteers to assist with non-therapeutic tasks while under direct supervision of the licensed therapist.
Two Ways to Volunteer:
Not currently accepting volunteers for the Winter/Spring 2021 semester.
Due to COVID-19 and our best efforts to do all we can to flatten the curve and follow safety guidelines set out by the CDC, Emerge will be making efforts to use a very limited number of volunteers (1-2) for all group needs. We highly encourage you to sign up the the volunteer database. While we cannot offer all the opportunities we would like, we do use the database to connect interested persons with families and other organizations looking for volunteers or to hire as support.
If you are seeking hours for graduate school or are hoping for a letter of recommendation:
As a Volunteer at Emerge, you (the student), are responsible for bringing in an hours log in a timely manner for signature from our therapists. Hour logs will not be signed by our therapists after one month of completion of volunteer experience. Emerge Pediatric Therapy does not guarantee a letter of recommendation at the end of your time with us. These letters are subject to the approval of the supervising therapist. If you would like a letter written on your behalf, this must also be requested in a timely manner. Requests made one month, or more, following the completion of your volunteer experience will not be acknowledged.
Requirements of a Student Volunteer:
- Please Fill out the Volunteer Application form.
- Wait for an email from Laura Strenk to setup an initial observation/interview.
- Complete mandatory volunteer observation/interview.
- Complete necessary paperwork (confidentiality agreement, dress code agreement, and volunteer agreement) prior to beginning volunteer hours.
*Please note that a student volunteer is classified as a prospective therapy student earning observation hours, as well as, hands on experience with the setup, cleanup, and participation in non-therapeutic tasks, while under the direct supervision of the licensed therapist. Volunteers play a significant role in the success of our group therapy sessions, but may also have opportunities helping with individual therapy sessions, upon request.
Volunteer Dress Code Policy
When visiting Emerge, please follow the following dress code requirements:
- Khakis and chinos are acceptable pants. Please refrain from wearing jeans, exercise pants, leggings, shorts, dresses, or skirts.
- Collared shirts or simple tops and blouses are acceptable. Please refrain from wearing low cut tops and graphic t-shirts.
- Only minimal jewelry, if any, should be worn. Nothing that a child could potentially pull off of you.
- Wear shoes that can slip on and off easily. Socks are optional.
- Emerge is a scent/smoke free facility. Refrain from wearing perfume or scented lotions.
- Dress comfortably, while adhering to the above requirements.