Give an Hour is a nonpolitical organization whose current project focuses on the mental health needs of military personnel, veterans, their families, and their communities. We offer a range of mental health services in order to address a variety of needs for those seeking help.
Who is eligible?
Give an Hour provides free services to all those affected by their or a loved one's post-9/11 military service.
Those who are eligible include but are not limited to the following:
- extended family members
- unmarried partners
- National Guard and Reserves who have not yet deployed
Many of those seeking services may not be familiar with counseling or psychotherapy because they may not have needed services prior to their military involvement. Therefore, you will see terms such as "services" instead of "therapy" to reflect this philosophy. We believe that being sensitive to the specific circumstances that bring these individuals to our organization is critical for success.
Types of support
While the standard within the mental health community is to meet with the client in the practitioner's office, we recognize that this may not be feasible for some seeking services from Give an Hour. We encourage the use of our HIPAA compliant video counseling platform (please register first by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone support in those situations where the individual is unable to meet in person with the provider. We understand that providers will need to rely on their professional judgment to determine when such contact may be insufficient to meet the individual's mental health needs.
Expectations and Terms of Service
You have generously agreed to provide one hour per week of mental health support or treatment at no charge on an ongoing basis to each client you accept through our program. (Unfortunately, this donation is not tax deductible.) You have agreed to participate in the Give an Hour™ network for aminimum of one year. We understand that extraordinary situations may arise that could prevent you from honoring your commitment. We ask that you contact us directly if such circumstances arise. During your year in our network, you may work with one individual or you may see a series of clients. This depends on the specific situations you encounter. We ask that you change your "availability status" to "full" (from "available") if you are working with an individual or family and your time is filled and you wish to stop receiving additional requests from individuals.
We expect you will update your contact and license information when necessary (or ask us to do so) and answer by phone or e-mail all inquiries regarding your services. Please respond even if your time is filled with a reply indicating you are not currently available. You are also obligated to notify Give an Hour if you are ever subject to disciplinary action or any other change in professional status.
We expect you to keep in mind that Give an Hour is a nonpolitical organization whose mission is to assist those who serve and their loved ones as they cope with the effects of deployment and combat. We know that you will conduct your practice using the highest ethical standards and that you will respect and honor the dignity and individuality of those who seek your assistance.
A core belief of our organization is that individuals in need benefit from the opportunity to give back once their needs have been addressed. As your clients near the end of their work with you, we encourage you to remind them of the available opportunities posted on this website for giving back to their communities or to find their own opportunities. We all have something valuable to give. Our society will benefit as we harness the resources inherent in each of us.
Terms of Service
By registering with Give an Hour:
- You warrant that you are a licensed mental health professional in good standing in the state in which you are practicing.
- You warrant that you will notify Give an Hour if you are ever subject to disciplinary action or any other change in professional status.
- You warrant that you are providing mental health services in areas that you are qualified to practice.
- You warrant that you have in place sufficient malpractice insurance coverage.
- You warrant that you will use only a HIPAA compliant, secure video platform, approved by Give an Hour, when providing services to GAH clients.
- You warrant that you have viewed the orientation video and completed the review.
Give an Hour specifically disclaims all warranties and liabilities regarding its clients. Give an Hour does not prescreen clients. We expect you to take all precautions to ensure that your relationship with your clients is safe and successful.
This volunteer opportunity can be performed from a remote location.
Bethesda, MD, US 20824-5918
Duration:3 months or longer
Time commitment:Occasional (weekly or monthly)
Times of day:Mornings Afternoons Evenings Late nights
Days of week:Weekdays Weekends
Extra details:Training provided