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To respect physical distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted our training program to facilitated online sessions using Zoom (at no cost to participants).  Please contact if you are interested in registering for the volunteer training program.

Volunteer Training - Fall 2021

Fundamentals of Circles of Support & Accountability

Wednesday, September 22

Presenters: CoSA-Ottawa staff

• History of and research on CoSA, Circle functioning, confidentiality and limits of confidentiality
• Volunteer expectations and responsibilities; tracking and reporting requirements
• Video on CoSA

Offending Behaviour and Treatment Approach

Wednesday, September 29

Presenter: Dr. Geris Serran, Psychologist, Correctional Services of Canada





Legal Controls

Wednesday, October 6

Presenter: Det. Ron McCarthy, Ottawa Police Service (High Risk Unit)

• Police Controls (810 Orders, Public Notification, Sex Offender Registry)
• Community Supervision


Male Sexual Trauma

Wednesday, October 13

Presenter: Rick Goodwin, Clinical Director, Men and Healing




Assessments and Treatment at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Wednesday, October 20

Presenter: Heather Tarnai-Feely, Social Worker, The Royal, Sexual Behaviours Clinic




Following the Basic Training (sessions #1-5), we will conduct volunteer screening (interview with two staff and a Board member; references checked). Successful applicants will be required to obtain a Police Check (cost minimized to CoSA volunteers). Approved volunteers will then proceed to the final session.

Final Session

Practical Applications of CoSA (with active and new, approved volunteers)
Wednesday, November 10
Facilitated by CoSA-Ottawa Staff
• A core member will share their story
• Discussion and Q&A with experienced volunteers and staff (common challenges, what works, working intentionally with a core member, etc.)

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