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Urgent Need On-Site Counselors

David Martin

The Pro Bono Counseling Program at Mental Health America of Greater Houston (MHA) has an immediate and urgent need for bilingual, Spanish-speaking therapists to conduct individual and/or group counseling sessions at the Airline Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Clinic.

As a Pro Bono Program counselor, you will provide onsite counseling to mothers who are of low income and identified as either at high risk for or experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression. Mothers with low incomes often have the fewest resources for mental health care, placing them at the greatest risk of experiencing perinatal mental health complications. By volunteering your time and expertise, you will help to fill a critical need to care for a segment of Houston's mothers who might otherwise forego quality mental health care.


GENERAL REQUIREMENTS TO VOLUNTEER AT AIRLINE WIC CLINIC:

  • Bilingual, English/Spanish
  • Current Professional Counseling License
  • Provide 1-4 hour(s)/week of group and/or individual counseling
  • Commit to providing 6 weeks volunteer service
  • Note: Most counselors volunteer more!

While this request is for a very specific collaboration between Mental Health America of Greater Houston and the City of Houston WIC, we are also seeking Spanish- and English-speaking counseling professionals interested in volunteering their time with individuals and/or groups in their offices and/or at other locations throughout Greater Houston. Clients are pre-screened for eligibility and referred through the MHA Pro Bono Counseling Program.

We look forward to your participation and encourage you to forward this email to organizations and colleagues currently working in the field and to those retired. As part of the selection and placement process for the MHA Pro Bono Counseling Program, we will contact all interested professionals with more information and details.

For more information, please contact Debbie de la Riva, Program Manager at ddelariva@mhahouston.org or 713-523-8963 x 235.  Thank you for your generosity and help.

Mental Health America of Greater Houston appreciates the recruitment assistance of the following professional organizations:

  • Houston Psychological Association
  • National Association of Social Workers/Texas Chapter - Houston Branch
  • Texas Mental Health Group