VOLUNTEERS COME JOIN US!
Power to Live training is positively life changing for the therapist; in the same way we want our treatment to be positively life changing for the client.
Our 10-weeks placement training is intense and rigorous, with special emphasis on experiential in-session therapeutic processes, so be prepared to dive deep to super charge your ability as an agent for change.
This will suit volunteers who are eager to learn, and most importantly be courageously self-reflective and compassionate.
We welcome therapists and counsellors from all theoretical orientations as long as you are open to learning behavioural formulation skills to enhance your therapy. Power to Live is committed to creating an inclusive community for our therapists.
We will consider applicants who have experience working in a supportive environment (i.e. care worker/ social worker) with evidence of aptitude and experience in compassionate supportive interactions.
Alternatively you will be studying towards one of the following qualifications:
Diploma in Counselling
Degree or Masters in Counselling, CBT, Counselling/Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy or Art Therapy
I have learnt that Power to Live is first and foremost about the people. I have witnessed first-hand how the charity prioritises the well-being of not only of its clients but also its staff and volunteers, going so far as to take on a personal interest in our lives and well-being. The compassion and love I have felt in the year I have been a part of Power to Live has been truly life-changing. I am a better person because of it. It has been an enriching experience to be a part of Power to Live, and I will forever be grateful to Tien and Jacqui for providing this space for me to learn and grow.
The training we received/continue to receive has unequivocally changed the way I not only practice in my profession, but also how I function in daily life. The breadth and depth of knowledge I have received and continue to receive is tremendous. Tien is not only eloquent and well-versed in the subject matter; she is also honest to a fault and creates perhaps the most conducive learning environment I have been a part of. From the get-go, the training has been a safe space for me to reflect on, explore, and experiment with both myself and the profession. The feedback loop is constructive and intellectually stimulating, allowing effective reflection and facilitating learning. Proactivity and honesty are always encouraged and positively reinforced.
Group supervision continuous to be helpful in reflecting on my own practice as well as that of my peers. Peer feedback is immensely useful in providing perspective and creative solutions. Supervision is a place where I’m able to honestly express any qualms, struggles, or successes, knowing that I will receive plenty of validation, acknowledgement, and constructive feedback. Tien always makes time for individual supervision, even on weekends, to ensure our needs are met and we aren’t left flailing. She always makes me feel supported, and I know I can count on her to speak her mind as well as give me space to speak mine. She ensures that there is no hierarchy within the organisation, treating us all as equals, thereby motivating me to perform better. I am proud to consider her as my mentor.
Jacqui is truly the linchpin that holds the entire organisation together. She works quietly and tirelessly in the background, making her presence known through gentle reminders and words of compassion. I truly appreciate how warm and kind Jacqui’s responses are, no matter what the subject of the email. She is always approachable and manages to keep us on track no matter how far we wander off. I wholeheartedly appreciate the effort Jacqui puts into organising and setting everything up so that it’s easily accessible to the rest of us. She always goes the extra mile to make everybody’s lives a little bit easier, and every little bit goes a long way.
My current case load is very manageable. I appreciate that both Tien and Jacqui are very considerate when referring clients, to the degree where they mention concerns regarding a heavier case load and ask if we’re able to manage alright, going so far as to assign clients to other therapists if they believe we’ve taken on too many. I find the variety in the cases fascinating and challenging, making the case load exciting rather than cumbersome as it means more exposure to different presentations and the possibility to experiment with various interventions.
Power to Live is a charity I’m proud to be a part of, whose cause I wholeheartedly stand by and whose values strongly align with my own personal values. Everyone working in the organisation have incredible work ethic, which cultivates a productive and enriching work environment. Power to Live provides a unique space where both clients and staff can thrive while learn making meaningful connections within and amongst themselves. I hope I can continue to play a role in what will certainly be an incredible journey built on compassion and love. I look forward to a promising future in Power to Live.