Pro Bono Work - How SVPA Members Donate Their Time:

In May of 2013, SVPA polled its members to find out how they donated their time and talents to give back to the community. Thanks to all of our members who responded and who donate their time! Here are the results:

West Coast Post-trauma Retreat/First Responders Support Network

From their website:
"The First Responder Support Network (FRSN) mission is to provide treatment programs that promote recovery from stress and critical incidents for first responders and their families. The FRSN is a collaboration amon
g emergency service peers (police, fire, corrections, dispatchers and emergency medical services), mental health clinicians, and chaplains who volunteer their time."
According to one survey respondent:

"Providing services to first responders in need of critical treatment is immensely gratifying. Yes, I would recommend the experience to others who are culturally competent with first responders."

Contact:  Robert Buonfiglio, Psy.D. (current president of CPA) or Joel Fay, Clinical Director of FRSN

The Forgotten Soldier Program

From their website:

"The Forgotten Soldier Program is dedicated to providing Integrative Health Care Services to Veterans who seek holistic healing to help overcome trauma and assist them in reintegrating back into civilian life."

According to one survey respondent:

"(The Forgotten Soldier Program is a ) caring and compassionate organization, focused on healing the soul."

Contact: Forgotten Soldier Program c/o Donna Arz 991 Lincoln Way Auburn, CA 95603


Give an Hour

From their website:

"We are a non-profit organization providing free mental health services to US military personnel and families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan."

According to one survey respondent: 

"The organization is relatively new and apparently formed on the East Coast. They offer trainings but those are usually on the East Coast. Lately, there has been one or will be one in Seattle. However, they give short notice which makes being able to attend difficult. The services they provide are sometimes phenomenal."


Court Appointed Special Advocate

From their website: 

"Become a Special Advocate in your community to help a child who has been removed from home due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. It’s worth it… to make a difference in the life of a child."

According to one survey respondent: 

"Very rewarding, sometimes challenging, if you enjoy advocating for children and have the time to do this."


Other ways our members donate their time:

American Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corps:
"I receive training from Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corps, some of which I get CEs. These are in preparation for disasters. They are very good agencies."


"I supervise a psychology intern."

EMDR community emergency response in Sacramento:
"Just attend monthly community meetings and be available for EMDR pro bono in emergency."

Other organizations mentioned in survey responses: 

UC Davis Medical Center
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society
American Group Psychotherapy Association
American Medical Directors Association
Alzheimer's Association
Psychologists in Long Term Care
Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
Teach For America

Have you had a positive experience donating your time that you think our members would enjoy learning about?  Tell us about it by sending an email to - we just might add it to the list!


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