Fall 2017 Applications are now open and should be submitted by August 7th at 11:59 PM
The Grady Trauma Project Volunteer Program
What is Grady Trauma Project?
The Grady Trauma Project (GTP) is a NIH-funded research project that investigates the relative contributions of genetic and environmental risk factors for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in a highly traumatized, low socioeconomic status minority population. All research is conducted at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
What will you be doing as a volunteer?
The primary role of a volunteer is to conduct interviews with participants on their trauma history and psychological health in the waiting rooms of Grady Memorial Hospital. Volunteers complete extensive clinical training in order to conduct the interviews independently, gaining meaningful skills in trauma research methods and the administering of clinical psychological measures. Through this work, volunteers will have the unique opportunity to develop a thorough knowledge of trauma and trauma-related disorders, and will become members of a team at the forefront of international PTSD research. In particular, volunteers will gain experience working directly with adults and/or children with a range of psychopathology, will develop critical clinical skills, and will be able to administer a number of widely used psychological assessment instruments with both chronic and acutely traumatized populations. Grady Trauma Project is one of the only programs in the country with the opportunity for volunteers to conduct clinical research without an advanced/graduate degree, therefore making a high level of commitment to the project a necessity.
Volunteers are expected to complete 6+ hours of clinical research tasks per week for a period of 6+ months. Weekly team meetings occur on Fridays from 11am-1pm at Grady Memorial Hospital (specialized project meetings also occur on Fridays at various times depending on the project).
- Commit to 6+ hours per week average volunteer time over 6+ months (preferably 1 year) for participant screening and other volunteer commitments
- Screening Description:
- Recruit research participants from hospital waiting rooms for the largest epidemiological civilian trauma study in the world
- Approach potential participants, explain study and consent participants into the study
- Conduct research participant screens, including collecting participant trauma history, administering psychological symptom inventories, assessing alcohol and drug use, eating behavior, etc.
- Collect participant saliva sample for subsequent genetic analysis
- Screening Description:
- Complete required training, hospital orientation and necessary documentation as needed.
- Attend weekly staff meetings every Friday from 11AM – 1PM and a monthly volunteer skills training (dates + time TBD)
- Help out with any other tasks around the project
**Please note that we are unable to write recommendation letters unless you have fully participated in the program for the required time commitment as outlined above**
Required Volunteer Qualifications
- Able to commit to 6+ hours a week for a period of 6+ months (this is non-negotiable)
- Ability to fully participate in the program within the first two weeks following acceptance (By September 1st, 2017)
- Highly organized.and detail-oriented
- Expressed interest in trauma research
- Fluent in English
- Comfortable working in a hospital
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR OUR PROGRAM? APPLY BELOW.
Applicant Instructions: Please send the following documents to Anna Duncan (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 7th, 2017
- An updated resume or C.V.
- Statement of Interest including:
- Background information about yourself (school attending, year in school, field of study, etc.)
- Why you are interested in working with GTP (what aspects of our project interest you?)
- Research/clinical experience
- What makes you unique/what can you bring to the project?
Responses to applications that are selected for interview will be sent by 8/11/17.