Qualifications and Training

Volunteer Advocates:
  • Are committed to the care of older, disabled or mentally ill adults
  • Can commit to the time required
  • Can exercise sound decision-making
  • Are at least 21 years old
  • Have no criminal history or social services history of violence
  • Must successfully complete the application process and training program
  • Are able to commit to annual continuing education
  • Prospective volunteer advocates will complete the Wishard Volunteer Advocates Program application process as well as Wishard’s volunteer orientation and health screening program. They will also participate in a screening interview with the program director, provide three written references, and authorize us to perform a criminal history check.

Following the application process, volunteer advocates must successfully complete an initial training program and six hours of continuing education on an annual basis.

Local professionals will conduct training for the program in the fields of health, mental health, law and social services. The training covers the following topic areas:

  • Volunteer advocates’ roles and responsibilities
  • National Guardianship Association standards of practice and code of ethics
  • Conditions of aging and senior care resources
  • Conditions of mental illness and mental illness resources
  • Conditions of developmental disabilities and resources
  • Palliative care and hospice resources
  • Medicare, Medicaid and estate planning
  • Marion County social services resources
  • Cultural competency
  • Medical ethics
  • Communication and confidentiality
  • Case planning and court-report writing


Contact Us
For more information, call 317.630.6254 or email director Robin Bandy.