Virtual / In-Person Speaker Guidelines and Agreement
First, thank you for the investment that you are making with our patients, staff, and organization! In order to maintain the standard of excellence that the Ashley Model of Care has achieved, we ask that all of our volunteers adhere to the following guidelines:
- Guest speakers addressing the patient community virtually and/or in-person must be working a solid program of recovery (to include active participation in community support; 12-Step, SMART recovery Celebrate Recovery, etc.) and/or a professional in the capacity which they are speaking.
*Ashley staff reserves the right to deny any guest speaker and/or volunteer at any time before or after a thorough vetting process, if the speaker or content of the disclosure is deemed unsafe or inappropriate for the patient community
- Speakers, virtual and/or live, MUST respect the confidentiality of the patient community at all times; no cell phones, cameras or audio recording is allowed at any time.
- Please try to limit the use of profanity and vivid war stories and focus on a message of recovery.
- Please dress appropriately.
- If you have a monthly commitment to speak at Ashley and wish to bring a guest to speak with you, please give your guest’s name to the Alumni Office, or designated staff, at least one day prior to your commitment. You can contact alumni representative at 410-273-2303 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The diverse needs of the community will be observed in the scheduling of speakers. This includes gender, age, ethnic, cultural, education, sexual identity and religious backgrounds.
- If a speaker is unable to keep the commitment, please notify Alumni Services, or Ashley staff member, a minimum of 48 hours in advance so that the staff may arrange for a substitute. Failure to do so will result in being removed from the schedule. If you have been tasked with bringing in a topic meeting, please make sure you are prepared to do so, as failure to provide these types of meetings will result in being removed from the schedule.
- Special request for a speaking commitment need to be communicated to Alumni Services, or Ashley staff member, well in advance of the date being requested.
- A speaker/volunteer that wants to use audio and video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use an Ashley approved HIPAA compliant vendor.