Working on the Support Line

Thank you for your interest in Fireside Project’s Psychedelic Peer Support Line!

We believe that working on the support line will provide an unparalleled opportunity to help the psychedelic movement; explore a potential career in psychedelic therapy, integration, and other forms of healing; provide connection and compassion to your fellow humans during their most vulnerable moments; and become part of an amazing and diverse community of volunteers who are passionate about psychedelic peer support.

At this moment, we are not actively hiring for the support line. However, we are accepting applications on a rolling basis. If you’d like to apply, please do so by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page. We’ll keep your application on file and let you know as soon as spots become available.

Before applying, please review the text below and this FAQ.

Peer Support Volunteer

The support line is staffed by volunteers! When a person reaches out to us by phone, text message, or live chat, they’ll be connected with one of our volunteers. Volunteers are present and available for grounded, compassionate, and empathetic support.

To serve as a volunteer, you must be 18 or older and have access to reliable Internet access and a personal computer. All volunteers must complete a 36-hour training. The training will take place by remote virtual video.

During the training, you’ll learn about active listening, self work, how to provide support during and after a psychedelic experience, the ethics of providing psychedelic peer support, and how to support someone by text message and live chat, among other topics.

Volunteers must commit to working the same four-hour shift every week for a full-year . There is a day-time shift (from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST), a night shift (7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. PST), and a late-night shift (from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. PST)

Volunteers must also participate in a weekly, hour-long group debrief circle with other volunteers and a supervisor.

Shift Supervisor

Shift supervisors must be available for at least one, 6-hour shift per week, as well as one 1-hour weekly group video call with volunteers to provide emotional support and guidance.

During a shift, a volunteer might reach out to the supervisor if they require extra assistance, have questions, or are engaging with situations that are outside the scope of peer support (such as a caller posing potential danger to self or others).

Supervisors will also help new volunteers improve their peer-support skills. New volunteers may shadow a supervisor during a call for observational learning. Supervisors may also listen in on new volunteers’ calls to provide feedback during and after the call, encouraging growth and learning

The supervisor can also step in as peer support if there is a high volume of calls. The supervisor is also available for one-on-one debriefing if a volunteer needs to process a particularly intense call.

In addition to their six-hour shift, supervisors will also lead a debrief circle with volunteers for emotional processing and discussing what happened in each call. The debrief circles also provide an opportunity for everyone to learn from each other.

To serve as a supervisor, you must have significant experience providing psychedelic support. This experience can come from serving as a volunteer or supervisor for the MAPS’ Zendo Project or similar organizations. It can also come from serving as a psychedelic therapist or psychedelic integration specialist in any number of contexts.

Applying

There is one application for both volunteers and shift supervisors. At the top of the application, please indicate whether you are applying to be a volunteer or supervisor.

Please click on the below button to access the application:

If you have any questions about the volunteer process, please email us at training@firesideproject.org.