In light of the horrific war in the Ukraine, PPSC (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center) mobilized to form the PPSC Refugee Support Project, a group of volunteers throughout the mental health community, to provide crisis and support services to refugees and their families. We now have over 80 volunteers and have already provided direct services to over two dozen refugees and the numbers are growing! We provide direct service, support groups, resource materials and more. Our Creative Art therapists are planning a special program for children and we are doing outreach to refugees who have come to the United States. Your donations will directly subsidize this important effort! We are a 501C3 non-profit organization operating under the auspices of New York State. Please help!!
Volunteers who donate 1+ hours to the PPSC RSP fall into several categories:
a. Licensed Clinicians: PPSC RSP Clinical Volunteers must hold a license, be trauma trained or participate in trainings provided by PPSC and donate 1+ hours of pro bono support to referrals made to the PPSC program, other individuals or organizations with whom the PPSC RSP partners or affiliates, or referrals made within the PPSC RSP volunteer group.
b. Asylum Advocates: PPSC RSP Asylum Advocates receive asylum-specific training through the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights. Asylum advocates must also be licensed clinicians but do not have to be licensed in psychotherapy (i.e. they can be physicians, occupational therapists, etc.)
c. Translators: PPSC RSP Translators will donate 1+ hours of pro bono support to our team of clinicians and asylum advocates who are not bilingual. Translators will also participate in PPSC’s training and support groups and be required to follow all the HIPAA guidelines as our clinicians do.
d. Administrative Volunteers: PPSC RSP Administrative volunteers may be licensed or unlicensed. They will assist the Coordinator and other Administrators with various tasks of communication, liaising with other individuals and organizations, collating volunteer data, research and more.
e. PPSC RSP Trauma, Crisis and Support Trainers and Supervisors: PPSC RSP Training volunteers will provide ongoing training workshops to support our volunteering clinicians.