Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time with Klinic. Volunteers make an essential contribution to our Crisis, Sexual Assault Crisis and Drop-In Counselling programs.
Making it work!
Volunteers play a vital role at Klinic. Many of the services we provide are made possible only through the commitment of time, energy and caring made by volunteers.
Why should I be a Klinic volunteer?
Being a volunteer at Klinic means you can:
- contribute to your community.
- develop new skills.
- raise your social awareness.
- gain career-related experience.
Who volunteers at Klinic?
Klinic volunteers come from all walks of life. You don't need to have any special training or experience. The one quality that is required is the ability to empathize with diverse crisis situations people may be facing.
What volunteer opportunities are available at Klinic?
THE FOLLOWING IS A DESCRIPTION OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED AT KLINIC AND MANITOBA FARM & RURAL STRESS LINE VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS.
Crisis Intervention Counselling / Manitoba Suicide Line (Winnipeg & Brandon)
The Crisis Intervention volunteer counsellors provide telephone, including follow-up crisis counselling. Volunteers receive approximately 80 hours of crisis intervention training over a three month period. The training is intense, constantly requiring an openness and willingness to look at one’s attitudes and values. Topics covered include: Crisis Intervention, Communication, Sexuality, Suicide, Depression, Relationships, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence. A 12 month commitment is required which consists of working one 4-hour telephone shift per week.
Manitoba Farm & Rural Support Services Volunteer Counselling (Brandon)
MFRSS volunteers provide information, support, counselling and referrals to farmers and rural Manitobans through our toll free telephone help line and online support line. MFRSS volunteers will have a farming background and an understanding of the unique challenges facing farm families and rural communities today. MFRSS volunteers are expected to take the entire Crisis Intervention Counselling Training, followed by an orientation that is specific to farm and rural issues. MFRSS volunteers will also be expected to provide counselling on the Crisis Line and the Manitoba Suicide Line.
Sexual Assault Crisis Counselling
The Sexual Assault Crisis volunteer counsellors provide telephone, in-person and follow-up crisis counselling. They offer advocacy to women with the police, hospital and courts. Volunteers are required to complete the crisis intervention training and 16 hours of specialized training around sexual assault issues. A 6 month commitment is required including one-4 hour telephone shift per week, 2 on-call shifts per month and attendance at small group and individual supervision sessions each month.
Community Drop-In Counselling Program
Volunteers in the Community Drop-In Counselling Program provide in-person counselling to men, women and transgender persons(ages 13+) on a wide variety of issues. Clients are typically seen for a one-time Drop-In session; however there are opportunities for experienced volunteers to offer short-term counselling. The Drop-In program volunteer opportunity is for persons with previous counselling experience. A minimum of two years supervised counselling experience is required in a related social services field. We will consider employment history, post secondary field practicums, group facilitation, and volunteer experience (including our phone line services). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the program coordinator at (204) 784-4216.]
To build on your skills and empathy, you will receive 36 hours of training over six weeks in the areas of, risk assessment, crisis theory, single session approaches, suicide awareness, domestic abuse, and mental helath to name a few. While volunteers counsel independently, they consult and debrief as part of a team. If you are looking to expand your clinical experience, this is the place for you!
Due to the limited number of volunteer opportunities, Drop-In training is offered on a limited basis. No current registration is being accepted for the Drop-In Program.
How do I become a Klinic volunteer?
Winnipeg: Click Here to register your name on our waiting list. Once your name has moved to the top of the waiting list you will be contacted for the next available training. Once contacted you will be required to attend a 1.5 hour interview and obtain a criminal record search and a child abuse registry check.
Brandon: Call (204) 571-4182 or visit www.ruralsupport.ca.
What if I don't have the required skills?
Everyone has skills that are valuable. After an initial interview, to ensure that both your needs as a volunteer and Klinic's are compatible, you may be invited to take part in a training program designed to further enhance and develop those skills.
Throughout the year, in-services are offered to help volunteers maintain and update their training. Given the complex nature of this clinical work, a sophisticated level of English communication (spoken, written, and oral) is required, and as such, a candidate may be required to take an assessment test at any given time in their volunteer commitment.
What can a volunteer expect at Klinic?
Klinic volunteers can expect a work environment that will continue to challenge them. Learning does not end with training. Each day brings with it the opportunity to utilize existing skills and practice new ones, all in a supervised setting.
Volunteers are also entitled to a work environment that offers ongoing support, feedback and evaluation.
All volunteers interested in volunteering with Klinic will be required to undergo a criminal records search and child abuse registry check.
The Training Schedule
The schedule for Crisis and Sexual Assault Crisis training for 2015 is as follows:
- April 7, 2015 - July 2, 2015
Tueaday and Thursday evenings - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..
- August 5, 2015 - November 9, 2015
Monday and Wednesday evenings - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- September 8, 2015 - December 3, 2015
Tueaday and Thursday evenings - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The training schedule for the Drop-In Program is as follows:
For information on volunteering for Klinic in Brandon go to:
General Training Information:
- Please note that for the Crisis and Sexual Assault Crisis Program you will be put on a wait list. Once a training spot comes open, you will be contacted to set up a 1.5 hr interview.
- In Brandon (Crisis Intervention, MFRSS, and Manitoba Suicide Line) please visit www.ruralsupport.ca.
- Those of you interested in specializing in Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention will have an additional 16 hours added to the training.
- Manitoba Farm & Rural Support Services Volunteers (Brandon) will have an additional 4 hours added to the training.
- You are expected to attend all of the training sessions. If you are unable to do so you should consider starting a training that is more convenient for your schedule.
- The volunteer time commitment begins after the training. It is one year for crisis, Manitoba Farm & Rural Support Services and drop in, and six months for sexual assault volunteers. Please think carefully whether you are able to make this commitment at this time as volunteer resources to the crisis lines are of utmost concern.
- In Winnipeg we offer four trainings each year so don’t worry if the next training is not convenient for you. In Brandon, one training per year is offered.
- The training is offered free of charge for those making the full volunteer commitment. However, if you do not fulfill the commitment, you will be invoiced ($400.00) for the training. There is a cost of $25.00 for the training manual to cover the cost of printing.
- All volunteers interested in volunteering with Klinic will be required to undergo a Criminal Records Search ($30.00) and a Child Abuse Registry Check (covered by Klinic). Subsidies are available.
Thank you for your interest in Klinic.