Linda Graff has given us a definitive work on a sensitive
but vital subject. Screening volunteers (and employees) was always an
important part of the volunteer coordinator’s job, but in today’s
climate of risk and liability, the stakes have risen considerably. In
a clear, practical, and compelling way, Linda provides the reader with
the rationale for initial screening and ongoing credential checks, models
for developing screening processes, and a variety of screening tools--everything
to raise your comfort level in dealing with applicants. Written in Canada,
the book is truly applicable to any location because its emphasis is
on protecting program participants rather than simply on meeting legal
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"Best $25 I've ever spent. Linda Graff addresses the delicate balance
between the need to protect the people we serve, our employees and volunteers
and the need for an efficient, effective way to recruit, screen and place
people. Clear, easy-to-understand and packed with useful information."
--Laurie E. Snyder, Public and Community Relations Consultant
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Excerpted from page 126
on "Gut Feelings and Intuitions"
What should you do when you experience misgivings...? The first thing to do is
to push yourself to identify precisely what triggered the sense of apprehension.
Was it something in the candidate's manner, choice of words, presentation style,
body language, or attitude? If you can pinpoint the source of discomfort, then
explore it. Is it a legitimate cause for concern, or is it merely a reflection
of discomfort with "difference"? Be careful that discrimination against
someone not exactly like yourself is not in play.
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