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Volunteer For Therapy (VFT) Fund
WHY IS THE VOLUNTEER FOR THERAPY (VTF) FUND AVAILABLE?
CRC believes that:
volunteer work brings a sense of accomplishment and self-worth,
that everyone deserves counseling help no matter how much money they have, and
Associates and Trainees have a tough financial road and would benefit from extra funds.
WHO IS TO FOR?
Couples who are struggling financially and need help with their relationship.
Couples going through divorce or separation are eligible.
Individual therapy does not qualify. Sorry!
HOW DOES THE VOLUNTEER PART WORK?
1 for 1: Each partner in the couple must volunteer for one hour (together or separately) for one hour of couple therapy.
Couples can earn up to 10 hours of subsidized therapy.
The couple needs to volunteer at least one hour each before starting therapy.
Volunteering can be virtual due to Shelter in Place.
The couple's therapist does using the form on the bottom of this page.
The therapist must be an Associate or Trainee. She or he can be in private practice or working in ANY organization.
The client does NOT apply.
CRC will approve the application based on availability of funds and the information provided on the application.
The therapist can apply before therapy starts or during therapy when the need arises.
HOW MUCH WILL CRC PAY?
CRC will pay:
half of the therapist's fee for up to 10 sessions for a maximum of $500/couple, and
half will be paid in advance and the remainder after the therapy is completed.
For example, if the Associate's fee is $100/session. The client would pay $50/session and CRC would pay $50/session or $500 in total ($250 in advance and $250 after 10 sessions are complete).
The check will be made to the therapist's employer. Each therapist is eligible for one sponsored couple at a time.
HOW IS THIS ENFORCED?
This program is operated completely under the honor system. All the couple needs to do is to share the volunteer experience and financial need with the therapist.
WHAT ABOUT PRIVACY?
CRC will keep the client's name and the therapist's name confidential.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER 10 SESSIONS?
The therapist should set initial goals that are reasonably attainable in the planned duration of therapy. The fee arrangements and limited duration of financial support should be clearly documented. This is the ethical duty of the therapist, not CRC.
What happens after the initial 10 sessions is up to the therapist and the client. On an exception basis, CRC may extend financial support for a second 10 sessions.
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