Opportunities

Peer Advocacy Program

Peer Advocacy Program

Becoming a SARC peer advocate is an outstanding opportunity to become involved with positive change on campus while learning valuable skills in crisis intervention and advocacy. As a peer advocate working with the Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC), you will be a part of a program based on the empowerment model, a model where survivors are believed, supported, and given tools to reclaim their power. Upon completion of 40 hours of training and after an approval process, SARC advocates provide emotional support, advocacy, and valuable referrals to survivors.

Peer Advocate duties and expectations include:

Complete 40 hours of SARC Advocate Training and commit to volunteer for 1 school   year.

  • Ensure confidential communication with all survivors.
  • Provide emotional support, crisis stabilization, education and referrals to survivors and their partners, friends, and family.
  • Respond appropriately and empathetically to a crisis situation.
  • Consistently participate in and learn from constructive feedback.
  • Staff the 24-hr support line during the academic year.
  • Inform the survivor of options.
  • Attend mandatory bi-weekly group supervision meetings.
  • Work a minimum of one office shift and one evening/weekend support line shift per week.
  • Document all client contacts with appropriate paperwork.
  • Adhere to all SARC policies and procedures.
  • Remain committed to non-violence and to the empowerment of all survivors.
  • Maintain a respectful attitude toward all people regardless of gender, culture, ethnic group, religion, or sexual orientation.

 **Independent study or internship credits are available through some departments.**

SARC advocates are carefully selected, beginning with this written application which can be submitted to the SARC office.  After reviewing applications, we will select individuals to interview before training begins in August.

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BSW Practicum Opportunity

BSW Practicum Opportunity

Completing a practicum with the Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC) provides you with an excellent opportunity to become involved with positive change on campus while learning valuable skills in crisis intervention and advocacy. As a practicum student working with SARC, you will be a part of a program based on the empowerment model. Practicum students provide advocacy services to those affected by discrimination, sexual assault, and relationship violence, as well as participate in awareness raising on campus. The BSW student takes a leadership role in the Peer Advocate Program by assisting the Advocate Coordinator with meeting planning, training, and event coordination.

Direct Service Opportunities

Peer Advocacy: SARC provides academic, reporting, and medical advocacy to survivors of interpersonal violence. The BSW practicum student is involved in direct advocacy for clients by helping them navigate University and community resources and providing emotional support.

Support line: SARC provides a 24-hour support line during the academic school year for students.  The BSW student takes on a leadership role in staffing the support line.

Outreach Opportunities

Bystander Intervention, etc.:  SARC provides various trainings to campus in the form of hour-long presentations, including Bystander Intervention, Resiliency, and First Responder.  These training inform students about consent, how to support survivors, and what resources are available for students.

Awareness Raising:  SARC hosts a number of awareness raising events throughout the academic year.  BSW students help plan events such as the Social Justice Fair and Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming.

Capacity Building

The BSW student will complete a project during their practicum that contributes to campus safety, inclusivity, and the ongoing mission of SARC. The project will be determined by the unique interests of the BSW student and needs of SARC that year. Project examples include hosting a campus event geared toward building awareness about relationship violence, or developing a research project that will benefit the student in one of their classes as well as contribute to SARC trainings or services.

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MSW Practicum Opportunity

Having a practicum with SARC provides you with an excellent opportunity to become involved with positive change on campus while learning valuable skills in crisis intervention and advocacy. As a practicum student working with the Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC), you will be a part of a program based on the empowerment model. Practicum students provide direct services to those affected by discrimination, sexual assault, and relationship violence. Outreach and education are an important part of SARC’s work in creating positive change.  Practicum students are encouraged to participate in community consciousness raising activities. If interested in this position, please contact Shaunagh McGoldrick, Advocate Coordinator at hillary.powell@mso.umt.edu or apply below.

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Counselor Education Internship

An internship with SARC provides you with an excellent opportunity to become involved with positive change on campus while learning valuable skills in crisis intervention and advocacy. As an intern working with SARC, you will be a part of a program based on the empowerment model. Interns provide direct services to those affected by discrimination, sexual assault, and relationship violence in the form of advocacy and brief counseling. Outreach and education are an important part of SARC’s work in creating positive change.  Interns are encouraged to participate in community consciousness raising activities in addition to seeing clients. If interested in this position, please contact Drew Colling, SARC Director at drew.colling@mso.umt.edu or apply below.

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Clinical Psychology Assistantship

An assistantship with SARC provides you with an excellent opportunity to become involved with positive change on campus while learning valuable skills in crisis intervention and advocacy. As an intern working with SARC, you will be a part of a program based on the empowerment model. Interns provide direct services to those affected by discrimination, sexual assault, and relationship violence in the form of advocacy and brief counseling. Outreach and education are an important part of SARC’s work in creating positive change.  Interns are encouraged to participate in community consciousness raising activities in addition to seeing clients. 

If interested in this position, please contact Drew Colling, SARC Director at drew.colling@mso.umt.edu.