Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Volunteer project.
What is involved in this?
You (the therapist) train people to practice Active Listening as a way of making more quality time, to compensate for the loss of overall connection time through social distancing.
Is it in-person training?
You train people by phone or video-conferencing (Skype, FaceTime, Zoom).
Is this a process group?
While you are welcome to turn this into a process group, the idea behind this program is just to teach people the basics of Active Listening, for them to apply in their own lives. They can use this with friends, by phone or video-conferencing, to deepen the connection.
What does the training consist in?
Essentially, you describe Active listening to people. To make it simpler, there is a short video and transcript about Active Listening. You can invite participants to look at it before your training, or during, or give them the link or the PDF as a leave-behind.
During the training session, you can do one or several demos and address questions that people have about it. The idea is to make this simple and inviting, to get people curious about trying it.
You may want to offer a follow-up session: People can come back to talk about their experiences and ask more questions.
Is there a curriculum?
Each therapist is totally free to conduct this as they please. You can also feel free to use your own version of Active Listening. Please note that the page referenced above include links to possible ways to enrich the basic experience of Active Listening.
Can participants use this with people who are not trained?
That’s the idea. Participants can use it with friends who don’t know anything about Active Listening because it is relatively simple to explain. It is even easier if you give participants some materials they can share with friends (e.g. the link mentioned above). Having had a training with you, the participant will feel more comfortable with the technique thn if they had just read about it, and transmit this confidence to their friends.
How big a group?
It can be as big or as small as you wish. For instance, you may simply start with one or two people. Then, you may start working with larger groups.
Is this a one-time thing, or an ongoing program?
As you wish. A pragmatic approach is to start offering it as a one-time thing, and possibly extend it into multiple session.
How do I find people who might need this?
You might let clients (and former clients) know that you’re doing this as a free resource to them, and their friends.
You might look into communities such as schools (for parents), associations, religious communities…
Is there a way to have a connection with other therapists who are doing this?
The intention is for all of us doing this to feel that we are part of a larger community. This is why you are invited to register.
You are invited to share your experiences (please transmit through the feedback form). You will receive news and information. And we will do our best to have online gatherings.
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