Volunteer Training

Our volunteer training program is conducted twice annually – in the fall and the spring. For more information, visit the Training page.

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, we have made the unfortunate but necessary decision to postpone our Spring volunteer training. The safety of our trainers and participants is, of course, of the utmost importance and, as a result, we believe that postponing the training to a later date is in everyone’s best interests. Once we have  new dates, we will be sure to announce it. Thank you for your continued interest and support – we greatly appreciate it!

Volunteer Training – Spring 2020

Free Admittance (Minimum age 21)

Dates for the Spring 2020 training listed below are subject to change.

Please email admin@cosa-ottawa.ca for more information or to register

TRAINING LOCATION: Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Avenue)


  1. Fundamentals of Circles of Support and Accountability

Presenters: CoSA-Ottawa staff

  • The ‘life of a circle’ & circle functioning; volunteer expectations and responsibilities
  • Volunteer code of conduct; confidentiality; group dynamics; communication; boundaries and self-care
  • Tracking and reporting
  • CoSA video

2. Legal Controls for Sex Offenders

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

  • Police Controls (810 Orders, Public Notification, Sex Offender Registry)
  • Community Supervision (for those on Long Term Supervision Order)

3. Introduction to Sexual Offending 

Presenters: Natasha Knack, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Sexual Behaviours Clinic and Dr. Geris Serran, Psychologist, Correctional Services of Canada

4. Victim’s Perspective 

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

Following the Basic Training (sessions #1-4), we will conduct our volunteer screening  process including an interview with the coordinator and two Board members, references will be checked and successful applicants will be asked to obtain a Police Check (cost waived to CoSA volunteers).  Approved volunteers will then proceed to the final session.

 5. Practical Applications of CoSA (with active and new, approved volunteers)

Facilitated by CoSA-Ottawa Staff

  • Mock Circle meeting role play (with experienced volunteers)
  • A core member’s story
  • Discussion and Q&A (common challenges, what works, working intentionally with a core member, etc.)


 To register for the training email us at admin@cosa-ottawa.ca