About the course

In this course, volunteers and staff will explore topics related to the mental health needs and challenges that arise throughout the service year, through a lens of cultural humility. Course topics will include fundamentals of mental health, common mental health challenges, risk factors, resiliency, trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and the practical application of trauma-informed principles. Facilitators will encourage participation and a process of meaning-making through reflective activities and discussion prompts to be had within the volunteer/staff communities. Facilitators will offer comprehensive resources to be utilized for continued learning outside of the sessions. While the mental wellbeing of our clients, students, and those we serve may be the central focus of volunteer service, this course is meant to support you, the volunteers and staff. Course facilitators apply a trauma-informed lens, and center the belief that “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”

Course content

We understand your schedules are busy and so we are offering this course as a pre-recorded, work-at-your-own-pace program. Four 90-minute pre-recorded sessions will be released to all registrants within 48-hours of registering. A final fifth session will be a live Q&A with the course facilitators. The date for that session is Tuesday, October 26th at 6:00 pm PST and will be recorded for participants who cannot attend.

This course was designed with both program staff and volunteers in mind! In order to get the most out of the material and reflection prompts, facilitators recommend that staff and volunteers of each participating program take the course concurrently. (If you are a staff member who took the course in Fall 2020 you may opt to reference your notes instead, as the material this year will be similar!) Facilitators will conduct a post-course knowledge assessment survey to identify gaps in learning and individualized program needs relevant to course topics, that will be addressed in the fifth “Q&A” session.

The session topics are as follows:


Registrants may share access to the pre-recorded sessions with anyone in their organization (including volunteers). Only one registration is required per organization.

This course will be available for purchase for a year: Sept 7, 2021 - Sept 7, 2022. If you purchase the course after the live Q&A session takes place in October 2021, you will get access to the recording of it. 

Just like CVN membership dues, cost is based on member program annual budgets.

Tier 1: Under $100,000
Tier 2: $100,000-$499,999
Tier 2: Above $500,000



Christina Rodriguez, MA, APCC

Christina Rodriguez is a Trauma-Informed Care Advisor, currently focused on providing mental health education and consultation to child care providers who are caring for foster youth. Christina also has formal training and experience as a mental health therapist in community mental health settings. She has specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, domestic violence, and mindfulness practices. Prior to her career in mental health, Christina was the Program Coordinator for LMU Ignatian Service Corps where she supported post-graduate volunteers throughout their service year and maintained partnerships with their service sites. Christina is also proud to have served as a post-graduate volunteer for Covenant House Faith Community in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Maggie Moore, MA, LPCC

Maggie Moore is a bilingual mental health therapist, currently focused on early childhood trauma and its impacts across the lifespan. She has specialized training in Trauma-Informed Care, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocacy, and Violence Intervention and Prevention in LGBTQ communities. Maggie has experience facilitating leadership programming for youth in the wilderness setting, and providing training and supervision to college-age staff in youth programs. Maggie is grateful to have served for one year with Americorps Community Healthcorps, providing patient advocacy at Sixteenth Street Community Health Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Questions can be directed to Sarah Hammel, Director of Programs and Operations, at shammel@catholicvolunteernetwork.org.