Are you looking to gain experience to enrich your academic training in psychology?  If so, the Northeast Counties Association of Psychologists (NCAP) has compiled a list of agencies through which you can secure this experience.  The community agencies listed herein welcome college level psychology majors to do field work at their facilities and provide assistance to the individuals they serve.  NCAP encourages students to work in the community to enrich their academic training in psychology.  These agencies have given their permission to be included here.

1. Jewish Family Services Programs

Friendly Visitor and Telephone Reassurance

Friendly Visitor and Telephone Reassurance Volunteers enjoy one-on-one relationships while alleviating loneliness and isolation with important human contact encouraging lonely elders to socialize. Volunteers are specifically trained to understand and appreciate underlying social needs and, in doing so, to provide a sense of dignity and worth for the clients that is so often lacking. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Café Europa

A monthly luncheon for Holocaust survivors to meet and develop warm, supportive friendships. A kosher lunch is provided as well as entertainment. Volunteers needed to assist with set-up, registration, serving, socialization and clean-up. Cafe Europa meets once a month 11:00am – 2:00pm.


Teenagers, 14 years and older make weekly calls to homebound seniors creating meaningful relationships that improve the quality of life for both seniors and our young volunteers. In addition, these one-on-one relationships foster a stronger sense of community and assist in bridging generation gaps!

2. Food Pantry, Teaneck

Unload, organize and distribute food to needy families. Support and training are available through email and phone.

3. Mentoring Moms

A program that trains and supervises volunteers who serve as mentors to mothers working hard to provide a safe, stable home for their families.
Volunteers must be:

  • 21+ years old
  • available on weekends and on call
  • have parenting experience
  • like to interact with others
  • good listeners, supportive, and non-judgmental
  • able to work one-on-one with moms and families
  • undergo a background check

Volunteers will receive:

  • 3-week mentor training (offered every fall, winter, or spring)
  • monthly contacts for one year plus 3-5 arranged special events
  • a friendly collaborative environment
  • monthly reimbursement (up to $35) for program-related expenses

4. Mentoring Youth Program

Mentoring Youth provides our community’s most vulnerable children with trusted adults committed to helping them take steps toward a brighter future.

Volunteers must be:

  • friendly, supportive, positive
  • 21+ years old
  • rigorously screened
  • make a 2-year commitment of bi-weekly visits
  • provide written references
  • undergo background, fingerprint, and motor vehicle check

Volunteers will receive:

  • 7.5 hours of training in 3 consecutive weeks (offered evenings in fall, winter, and spring)
  • $35/ month reimbursement for client needs

Also asking for volunteers to help with office work – filing, following up with case workers and mentors.

5. The Opportunity Center

The Opportunity Center is a year round day program for adults with developmental disabilities, a non-sectarian, private, not-for-profit organization. Since 1965 our mission has been to provide a limited number of clients with a superior, life-enhancing program. Our program currently serves approximately 25 clients who represent a broad range of mental and physical disabilities including autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy

(Please click on this link to view contact information for participating programs)

Additional facilities expected to be added in the near future



“Neither the Northeast Counties Association of Psychologists (NCAP) nor New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) assume any liability for the services, acts or omissions of any practitioners, agencies or facilities, nor have they made any representations or warranties concerning any practitioners, agencies or facilities introduced or referred as a resource through this program.  This is strictly a list of online resources, and practitioners, agencies or facilities listed through this program have not been credentialed or otherwise evaluated by either NCAP or NJPA.”