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.

The support line will launch on April 14, 2021. We will begin with a one-year Pilot Program. During that time, the line will operate seven days per week, from 3:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

We are hiring for two roles: volunteer and on-call supervisor.

All volunteers and on-call supervisors must commit to working the full one-year Pilot Program.

Before applying, please review the qualifications and time commitment required for each position.

  1. Peer Support Volunteer
  2. 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.

    Training

    All volunteers must complete a 36-hour training. The training will take place by remote virtual video. Before applying, please make sure you are available for one of the following trainings:

    • Training #1: March 6-7 and March 13-14 | 9:00 am - 6:00 pm PST

    • Training #2: March 20-21, March 27-28 | 9:00 am - 6:00 pm PST

    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.

    Expectations

    • 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.), a night shift (7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.), and a late-night shift (from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.)

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

    We acknowledge that this is a significant time commitment. Please make sure that you can make this commitment before applying.

  3. On-Call Supervisor
  4. On-call supervisors must be available for one, 12-hour shift per week. During a shift, supervisors will have the following responsibilities:

    • Assist volunteers who are staffing the line, as the need arises

    • Lead one group video call with volunteers, to provide volunteers with emotional support and guidance

    The supervisor’s role is to be on-call as back up and support for the volunteers on-shift. 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).

    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. Once a week, a supervisor will 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 on-call supervisors. At the top of the application, please indicate whether you are applying to be a volunteer or supervisor.

Timeline

  • Friday, January 15, 2021: Applications are due

  • Friday, February 19, 2021: Fireside Project will notify applicants

  • Saturday, March 6, 2021: First day of first training

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021: Support line goes live

Your interest in Fireside Project gives us tremendous inspiration. If you’re not selected during this round, we’ll keep your application on file and reach out to you down the road when we have open spots.

Please click on the below button to access the application:

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