If you are majoring or minoring in psychology or a related field and are searching for some experience in the field, there are many opportunities in Tampa area. One useful resource and a great facility to volunteer at is the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay (CCTB). The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is where the Tampa community can entrust their personal problems whether it be related to finances, family and home, health, drug abuse, rape, and even just for guidance counseling on relationships or big decision-making. Whatever it is, the CCTB is there for the people.
With the CCTB available 24/7, they could always use commited volunteers. Here are some of the volunteer opportunities at CCTB:
- 2-11 Crisis Counselor
- Telephone Reassurance
- Sexual Assault Crisis Advocate
- Trauma Recovery Services
- Assistants in various areas
Here are more of the CCTB volunteer opportunities and a their greater descriptions. Also, the CCTB has many resourceful connections with other local organizations and care centers that are also in need of volunteers. Some other volunteer opportunities outside the CCTB:
- Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
- Volunteer Center-United Way of Tampa Bay
- The Pace Center for Girls
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
Remember even if the facility you are interested in is not advertising that volunteers are needed, always ask anyways because there may be hidden opportunities for you.
But, if you cannot commit to volunteer work at the moment, the CCTB also hosts wonderful events and workshops open to the public through Eventbrite. Some of their upcoming events are Take Back the Night 2012 (volunteer registration is still available), and gate-keeper suicide intervention workshop. If you are interested in volunteering at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, be sure to fill out the volunteer application.
"The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is truly a great choice of place to start as a volunteer to gain experience in the psychology field. As a volunteer with telephone reassurance, I'm able to interact with many different people in the Tampa community. Many of them appreciate what us volunteers do, even if it's just one phone call a day because they can always count on knowing that someone out there cares enough to call --a volunteer, and that volunteer could be you." -CCTB Volunteer