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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 admin@cosa-ottawa.ca if you are interested in registering for the volunteer training program.

Volunteer Training - Fall 2022

Fundamentals of Circles of Support & Accountability

Wednesday, September 21

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 28

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

 

 

Male Sexual Trauma

Wednesday, October 5

Presenter: Rick Goodwin, Clinical Director, Men and Healing www.menandhealing.ca

Legal Controls

Wednesday, October 12

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

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

 

Assessments and Treatment at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Wednesday, October 19

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 9
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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