VIVA Program FY 2015 Year-End Summary

In fiscal year 2015, 171 individuals participated in the VIVA program as volunteers, medical observers, interns, residents or advocates. The participants in the VIVA program provided service throughout the 400 square mile region served by the Fairfax Falls Church Community Services Board, in more than 35 programs and departments

The languages spoken by our VIVA Partners in this fiscal year were Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, French, Tagalog, Chinese, and Korean. Seven of the partners were hired into positions with the CSB after completing their service as interns or volunteers. Twenty three partners identified themselves as individuals who wanted to be in service to others as part of their own recovery.

The Virginia Average Hourly Value of Volunteer Time for this fiscal year, as determined by the Virginia Employment Commission Economic Information Services Division, was $24.87. Based on this number, the average hourly value of servicesprovided by the volunteers and interns to the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board in the past fiscal year was $532,143.39.

Intern Service

The VIVA Intern program had 55 interns and residents, represented 29 academic programs. These academic programs included associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as professional certification and licensure residencies. Interns and residents spent over 15,402 hours in service in fiscal year 2015.

Internship service was demonstrated in the following ways:

  • Established and maintain therapeutic relationships
  • Maintained records in the Credible electronic health record
  • Carried clinical caseloads
  • Conducted individual and family psychotherapy
  • Participated in and conducted diagnosis, treatment planning and individualized plans of care
  • Completed screenings, intakes, and clinical assessments
  • Provided group facilitation in psychoeducational and process group formats
  • Performed case management and linking of resources
  • Provided orientation and education for individuals entering services
  • Collaborated with referral sources
  • Performed administrative tasks
  • Participated in clinical rounds including presenting cases
  • Provided speech, occupational, or physical therapy interventions
  • Developed clinical skills specific to substance use disorder treatment and co-occurring integrated treatment
  • Conducted health needs assessments for nursing staff
  • Practiced clinical nursing and nurse practitioner competencies
  • Offered therapeutic expressive arts interventions including music, art and movement exercises

Volunteer Service

The VIVA volunteer program had 105 volunteers, medical observers and advocates actively supported CSB programs system wide this fiscal year. The total number of hours generously donated by these individuals was 5994.30.

Volunteer service was demonstrated in the following ways:

  • Distributed personal care items, sorted and organized clothing, and engaged with individuals in homeless drop-in program
  • Shredded documents
  • Providing pet-assisted therapeutic visits
  • Maintained finances as a payee
  • Provided office support including data entry in Excel
  • Maintained physical and occupational therapy equipment for children and families receiving services from the Infant and Toddler Connection
  • Prepared materials for group sessions
  • Volunteered service to others as part of their own recovery
  • Transported individuals to critical appointments
  • Gardening and training in program greenhouse
  • Co-facilitated peer support groups
  • Helped care for children of individuals attending therapeutic groups
  • Provided Peer-to-Peer support and coaching
  • Conducted language interpretation
  • Linked individuals with employment services
  • Cooked for individuals in residential program
  • Offered therapeutic art exercises to participants in the teen day treatment program
  • Assisted with Spanish-English translation in VIVA program
  • Conducted health needs assessments for nursing staff
  • Assisted with the management of applications for Certified Peer Specialists

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VIVA - Valued Interns, Volunteers & Advocates Program

Cynthia Miller, LPC, ACS, Manager, VIVA Program, 703-799-2847
Carrie Cannon, MPA, Coordinator, VIVA Program, 703-799-2799
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