Become a Support Group Facilitator

Ingersoll’s volunteer facilitators are at the heart of our support group and have helped us build our support group space for over forty years!

Being a facilitator at Ingersoll is a big volunteer commitment but it’s a deeply rewarding one. Facilitators often build on their leadership and facilitation skills while building strong connections to trans and gender diverse communities.

We're really excited that you're interested in becoming a support group facilitator! Please take a look at the time commitment outlined to the right, the role of a support group facilitator outlined down below as well as the overview of our peer support groups here before making your decision to apply to ensure it seems like a good fit for you. 

The Time Commitment:

  • We ask that every facilitator be able to facilitate at least once a month at our Wednesday night support groups (7pm - 9pm at the offices of Seattle Counseling Service at 1216 Pine St #300, Seattle, WA 98101).
  • Attend a monthly facilitator meeting (currently in the early evening on the third Monday of the month at our office) to build community with other facilitators, get support for challenging situations that may up and receive on going training.

What do Support Group Facilitators do? 

  • Facilitate at least once a month with a focus on ensuring groups are conducted in a way that is consistent with Ingersoll's mission, vision and values. For good example of what this can look like in practice be sure to take a look at our support group community agreements here.
  • Support Ingersoll’s work to connect trans and gender diverse communities to resources.
    • Our Support Group Facilitators are some of Ingersoll's best ambassadors. We work hard to provide folks with the most up to date information on the support and services we can provide. There will almost always be staff present at our Support Groups so you certainly not expected to give out direct service referrals but as challenges come up for folks in the support group we hope our Facilitators can suggest Ingersoll support and services when appropriate.
  • Help us set up and take down our support group space as you are able.
    • Many times this looks like helping us rearrange chairs and moving tables out of the way but this can also mean greeting folks who arrive early or who are here for the first time.
  • Regularly attend facilitator trainings and meetings.

How do I become a Peer Support Group Facilitator? 

Great question! If the time commitment and activities above sound like a fit for you simply fill out the application down below. Please note that we usually host two trainings a year and you must attend a training prior to becoming a facilitator. We aim to follow up with interested folks as soon as possible but if you have any questions about becoming a support group facilitator or your application please email us at info@ingersollgendercenter.org.