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Volunteering in the Community and at WISR

WISR students are very resourceful in finding places for community involvement. Many have community-based jobs, but those seeking volunteer placements receive extensive informal help from faculty, fellow students, alumni, Board members and friends of WISR. Not uncommonly, these volunteer placements lead to jobs, sometimes at the same agency, and other times, as a result of the learning experiences, skill development, and networking resulting from the volunteer position.

An examination of student and alumni profiles on other pages of this website, and in the online catalogue here, will illustrate the extensive and rich variety of student community involvements.

WISR MFT students have the responsibility to find and set up their practicum placements. They receive support and assistance from faculty, who also refer them to fellow students, alumni and professional friends of WISR, to aid them in networking and in identifying likely placements.

Because MFT students select the agency in which they will do their practicum work, each student can find a place that will optimally meet his or her needs and goals–taking into consideration the kind(s) of client population(s) with whom the student wishes to get experience, the geographic location of the agency, the convenience of the hours and days to be worked, and the style and personality of the person at the agency who will be supervising the student. Most MFT students spend several hours per week for two or three months locating and setting up their practicum. Over the years, all MFT students have successfully set up practica for themselves, and almost always at an agency where they have had a good experience. Most practicum positions are for unpaid volunteers, but occasionally, students find paid positions.

To help WISR to sustain itself and continue to thrive, students and alumni are enthusiastically encouraged to participate in WISR’s development–by leading and participaing in seminars and actively contributing to the WISR learning environment; by doing community outreach and telling others about the strengths of WISR degree programs for those for whom WISR may be an appropriate choice; by helping out with administrative chores from time to time; and by contributing their ideas for further developing WISR as an institution and a vibrant, multicultural learning community.