Activities involved
Administration Facilitation
Requirements:
  • Interview
  • Police Check
  • References
  • Resume
Also required for this position: A cover letter is required, in which you tell us why you think you would make an excellent candidate for this position. Please speak to your facilitation skills, to your life experience, and to whether your life, including your current state of mental well-being, equips you to hold reliable, clear, compassionate space for men going through hard times. We are not looking for perfection; we value grit and wisdom over a perfect life record. Tell us who you are and why you care about men.
  • Work remotely
  • Good for families
  • Accessible by public transit

Men's Peer Support Group Facilitator, Canadian Centre for Men and Families

3-4 hours / weekly
6 months minimum commitment
Canadian Center for Men and Families - Vancouver 
Volunteer Men's Peer Support Group Facilitator  

Are you a reliable, self-reflexive person with a passion for supporting men in their journey to empowerment and wellness? Do you have a gift for being able to witness and listen to men with difficult life experiences share their stories? Do you have lifeskills and grit that have given you the gift of being able to respond to others with unusual levels of compassion and care? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of men who have suffered injustice, including unjust family law outcomes, loss of children to unfair custody proceedings, as well as men in recovery from domestic violence? Come work with us. Be part of the wind of positive change. 

WHAT IS CCMF (VANCOUVER)? 
We are an organization dedicated to men's well-being. We welcome men and male-identified persons with compassion, without prejudice or shaming. We encourage men's agency and offer tools with which to build better relationships, better lives, and better futures. We believe that empowering men makes them better dads, better partners, safer workers, and more engaged contributing members of their communities.

MEN’S PEER SUPPORT GROUP (MPSG) MANDATE AND PROGRAM
MPSG is a safe environment where men can access collective wisdom through connection with men who have had similar lived experiences. It is a welcoming space where group members offer emotional support on common topics, resources and tools to help others find solutions to challenges, and inspire hope for a better future. 

Peer support can include emotional and practical support between two or more people who share openness and vulnerability about their challenges in life. The MPSG facilitator will receive training and support in creating a safe space for men to share their experiences and receive support during weekly meetings. 

CCMF Vancouver’s MPSG are offered nationally online via Zoom. Men are referred to MPSG after completing intake assessment from CCMF National. MPSG facilitators do not need to complete intake assessments. 

Men from all across Canada attend our weekly meetings. Currently, meetings are held online on Wednesdays from 5:15PM-7:15PM PST and Thursdays from 5PM-7PM PST. Additional groups with different meeting times may become available in the future depending on MPSG demand and capacity. 

VOLUNTEER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Facilitate weekly 2 hour MPSG meetings via Zoom
Moderates group discussion in a way which validates participant experiences and allows all participants to have a chance to share their experiences
Create a welcoming, safe space for men through empathetic listening and supportive responding
Support and direct the meeting process to ensure the needs of the group are not superseded by any one individual participant, including the facilitators
Ensure that the needs of each person attending the group are met within the scope of the MPSG Mandate as described above
Arrange guest speakers and develop weekly topics when appropriate
Refer participants to CCMF or other services as needed
Track participant attendance and complete session notes
Communicate concerns or relevant information to other facilitators as needed 
Attend bi-weekly or monthly volunteer meetings 

We invite volunteers to promote the core principles, purpose, and values of CCMF Vancouver in their own work whenever possible. Within the MPSG facilitator role, volunteers are expected to:
Complete criminal record check and obtain clearance prior to facilitating groups or interacting with any CCMF clients 
Understand and act in accordance with the standards, policies, and procedures of CCMF; including duty to report, suicide disclosure protocols 
Develop respectful working relationships with participants, staff members, and other volunteers. The underlying goal of these working relationships is to bolster the integration and accessibility of CCMF’s services to men, children, families, and communities 
Participate in volunteer team meetings and provide reasonable notice if you are not able to attend

Volunteers will work concurrently with other facilitators to plan, deliver, and lead weekly MPSG meetings. All MPSG facilitators work in conjunction and under the supervision of the Executive Director.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS 
Be reliable and punctual in facilitating weekly meetings
Empathetically listen and compassionately respond to participants
Strong emotional regulation skills when listening to others share traumatic, distressing, or otherwise sensitive personal experiences 
Strong written and communication skills 
Identifies their own emotional triggers and seeks out support from other facilitators or CCMF Vancouver when distress occurs during or after MPSG 
Experience working with men, parents, families, and vulnerable populations is an asset, but not a requirement to apply 
Knowledge in hosting zoom meetings and using Google Drive
Certification or Education Required
Preference given to candidates with backgrounds in conflict resolution, group process facilitation, counselling, psychotherapy, or other fields that give training in how to hold space well. That said, we value life experience as much or more than formal education--please tell us how your life experience has equipped you to be an impassioned advocate for men's well-being, mental health, and empowerment.
Why should you volunteer for this opportunity?
BENEFITS BEHIND BECOMING A MPSG FACILITATOR
CCMF Vancouver offers: 
A high-quality team of supportive co-volunteers.
Mentorship and training on consent, confidentiality, duty to report, group facilitation, suicide risk assessments, and crisis protocols.
Bi-weekly meetings for facilitators (all online) where you will gain skills in facilitation, self-observation, and energy management.
Opportunities to gain experience working directly with men in transition looking to transform their lives.
Activities involved
Administration Facilitation
Requirements:
  • Interview
  • Police Check
  • References
  • Resume
Also required for this position: A cover letter is required, in which you tell us why you think you would make an excellent candidate for this position. Please speak to your facilitation skills, to your life experience, and to whether your life, including your current state of mental well-being, equips you to hold reliable, clear, compassionate space for men going through hard times. We are not looking for perfection; we value grit and wisdom over a perfect life record. Tell us who you are and why you care about men.
  • Remote or online
  • Good for families
  • Accessible by public transit