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Emerge – A Child’s Place welcomes prospective therapy students to observe both group and individual therapy sessions. As a teaching clinic, we use state of the art equipment, evidenced based practice, highly trained clinical therapists, and a well developed program to provide quality observation experiences, beneficial to the prospective student’s experience, prior to applying to and entering a graduate program.

Goals of the Shadow and Volunteer Program

The Emerge – A Child’s Place Shadow and Volunteer Program is designed to:

  • Provide opportunities for observation of individual and/or group therapy sessions to the prospective graduate student.
  • Train prospective therapy students as volunteers through an application, interview, and orientation process.
  • Provide opportunities for trained volunteers to assist with setup and cleanup of therapy sessions.
  • Provide opportunities for trained volunteers to assist with non-therapeutic tasks while under direct supervision of the licensed therapist.
Volunteer Application

Volunteer Application Form

  • (Please indicate the current university you are attending. If you are not currently enrolled, please indicate either your most recently attended school or where you are planning to attend in the future.)
  • (Enter your current year in school. If you are not in school, please indicate the number of years of education you have completed.)
    We are currently in need of volunteers on the days listed below to help out during our afternoon small groups. Volunteers would be expected to be at the clinic no later than 3:30 for set up. Groups run until 5:00.
Shadow Volunteer Program

Requirements of a Student Shadow:

  • Please make initial contact with the Emerge shadow/volunteer coordinators:
    • Katie Woolard, MS, OTR/L – Occupational Therapy Shadow/Volunteer Coordinator
    • Anna Housman, MS, CCC-SLP – Speech/Language Therapy Shadow/Volunteer Coordinator
  • Set up observation hours with shadow coordinator.
  • Read and sign Emerge’s confidentiality agreement.

Download Confidentiality Form

*Please note that a shadow is classified as a prospective therapy student, acquiring a minimal amount of strictly observation hours. These hours will be set up in advance with the shadow coordinator, depending on availability of the student and therapist.

Requirements of a Student Volunteer:

  • Please make initial contact with the Emerge shadow/volunteer coordinators:
    • Katie Woolard, MS, OTR/L – Occupational Therapy Shadow/Volunteer Coordinator
    • Anna Housman, MS, CCC-SLP – Speech/Language Therapy Shadow/Volunteer Coordinator
  • Setup initial observation through the volunteer coordinator.
  • Complete volunteer application provided by the volunteer coordinator.
  • Complete mandatory volunteer orientation, scheduled every fall, winter, and summer.
  • Complete necessary paperwork (confidentiality agreement, dress code agreement, and volunteer agreement) prior to beginning volunteer hours.

Download Confidentiality Form

*Please note that a student volunteer is classified as a prospective therapy student earning observation hours, as well as, hands on experience with the setup, cleanup, and participation in non-therapeutic tasks, while under the direct supervision of the licensed therapist. Volunteers play a significant role in the success of our group therapy sessions, but may also have opportunities helping with individual therapy sessions, upon request.

Shadow and Volunteer Dress Code Policy

When visiting Emerge, please follow the following dress code requirements:

  • Khakis and chinos are acceptable pants. Please refrain from wearing jeans, exercise pants, leggings, shorts, dresses, or skirts.
  • Collared shirts or simple tops and blouses are acceptable. Please refrain from wearing low cut tops and graphic t-shirts.
  • Only minimal jewelry, if any, should be worn. Nothing that a child could potentially pull off of you.
  • Wear shoes that can slip on and off easily. Socks are optional.
  • Emerge is a scent/smoke free facility. Refrain from wearing perfume or scented lotions.
  • Dress comfortably, while adhering to the above requirements.