VOLUNTEER OPEN POSITION: Teen Support Group Facilitator

Reports to: Healing Tree Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Hours: 4-10 hours monthly

Purpose of Position

Along with a licensed professional counselor, the Volunteer Teen Support Group co-facilitator is responsible for co-facilitation of support groups for adolescents impacted by cancer at the Dempsey Center.  Group Facilitators help teens connect with one another through virtual groups, adventure days and community events as they discover ways to reduce isolation, learn new coping skills, and find joy and hope. The ideal co-facilitator would have lived experience participating in a support group and/or coping with a cancer impact in their family. Facilitators are responsible for accurately representing the Dempsey Center’s mission and philosophy to the group members and to the general public.


At least 1 year and up to three-year commitment to assigned support group.

Time Frame:

  • Length of commitment: at least 1 year
  • Hours required monthly (after placement with a group): 4-10
  • Teen Group currently meets on Thursday nights, so availability would be necessary from 4:15pm-6:15pm


  • Volunteer & Group Facilitator Training
  • 1½ hours, bi-monthly or weekly to facilitate the support group meeting
  • ½ hour after each group to prepare for and process/debrief support group work
  • Facilitator Meetings (4 meetings per year required)
  • Complete a Criminal Background Check Inquiry

Regular Duties Include:

  • Leading/guiding the support group process
  • Arrive at support group 5-10 minutes early in order to greet arriving members.  Start and end group meetings on time.
  • Provide adequate notice to Healing Tree Program Manager if unable to attend a meeting due to illness or planned time away, so that a replacement facilitator can be arranged
  • Informing group of CARE guidelines, and fostering adherence
  • Debriefing after support group
  • Fostering a caring and safe atmosphere
  • Providing structure within which the group process will occur
  • Creating safety by keeping boundaries, confidentiality and structure
  • Intervening when necessary
  • Assisting the Center in spreading the word about its programs and volunteer opportunities
  • Participate in volunteer orientation and ongoing training and evaluation


  • Successfully complete facilitator training
  • Excellent listening and conversation skills
  • Sensitive to the emotional highs and lows that can accompany the cancer experience
  • Assess distress in group and respond appropriately
  • Self-awareness of one’s own issues and an attitude of responsibility for one’s life (choices, feelings, relationships)
  • High respect for diverse lifestyles, values, beliefs, and ways of moving through the world
  • Attitude of acceptance toward all feelings
  • Exceptional listening skills
  • Empathic and caring, open minded and dependable
  • A healthy sense of humor