Volunteering With Klinic

Please note, our Crisis Volunteer Training waitlist for opportunities in Winnipeg is temporarily closed

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Klinic.

Volunteers bring diversity and make an important contribution to our Crisis Program, Sexual Assault Crisis Program, Community Drop-In Counselling Program, and Teen Talk Peer Support Program. In fact, we couldn’t operate these critical services in their current capacity without the help of our volunteers.

Klinic volunteers come from all walks of life. You don’t need to have any special training or experience to join our team. Most importantly, we look for people who are empathic, non-judgmental, and calm; and understand the importance of self-care while doing this difficult work.

Both our Winnipeg and Brandon sites offer the opportunity to volunteer in our Crisis Program. Our Winnipeg sites also offer the opportunity to volunteer in our Sexual Assault Crisis Program, Community Drop-In Counselling Program, and Teen Talk Peer Support Program.

Crisis Program – Winnipeg and Brandon

Volunteer counsellors in the Crisis Program provide telephone crisis counselling on our 24-hour Crisis Line and Manitoba Suicide Line. They provide emotional support, referrals to resources, and space for our callers to feel heard, understood, and connected.

Volunteer Requirements

Every Crisis Program volunteer must attend our 3-month Crisis Volunteer Training before beginning their work on our phone lines. Once crisis volunteers complete this training, we ask for a commitment of fulfilling one 4-hour shift per week for one year.

In Winnipeg, shifts are available every day of the week from 8am-noon, noon-4pm, 4pm-8pm, and 8pm-midnight; however, some shifts may not have space for new people.

In Brandon, shifts are available Monday to Friday, from 10am-2pm, 2pm-6pm, and 5pm-9pm; and again, some shifts may not have space for new people.

How to get involved with the Crisis Program

The first step in becoming a volunteer in the Crisis Program is to fill out an application form to attend our 3-month Crisis Volunteer Training. This training program is approximately 80 hours and covers topics including crisis intervention, counselling skills, sexual and gender diversity, feminism, oppression and discrimination, suicide, mental health, sexual assault, and family violence. The training is experiential and intense, and requires trainees to be open and willing to reflect on their attitudes and values.

Unfortunately, due to the very high demand to participate in the Crisis Program and Sexual Assault Crisis Program in Winnipeg, the waitlist to attend this training is temporarily closed. We will re-open this waitlist as space becomes available. The Crisis Program in Brandon is currently accepting applications.

If you are interested in training opportunities in Winnipeg, please add your name to the Winnipeg waitlist when it re-opens. If you are interested in attending the training in Brandon, you can add your name to the Brandon waitlist by emailing jsmith@klinic.mb.ca, or calling (204) 571 4182. When we have space in a training group to offer you, we will email you to let you know about the opportunity. If you are available to attend the training and still interested, you will be invited to attend a 1-hour interview. The intention of this interview is to explore whether the volunteer opportunity can meet both your needs as a volunteer and the needs of our programs.

Once you are accepted into a training group, you are expected to attend all training sessions. If you are not available to attend the entire 3-months of training, we recommend that you consider waiting for an opportunity that fits your schedule better. We provide our volunteer training free of charge, however, people who accept a spot in the training but do not fulfill the volunteer commitment may be invoiced $400 for the training.

Every volunteer needs to provide a Criminal Record Check obtained within the past 12-months before beginning their volunteer position. For volunteers living in Winnipeg, Criminal Record Checks should be obtained through the Winnipeg Police Service, and include a search of the Vulnerable Persons sector. Volunteers living in Brandon should obtain Criminal Record Checks through the Brandon Police Service, and include a search of the Vulnerable Persons sector.  Volunteers who live outside the Winnipeg and Brandon perimeters can obtain Criminal Record Checks through their local RCMP. Volunteers also need to apply for a Child Abuse Registry Check and a Vulnerable Adult Abuse Registry Check, which can be done through Klinic. Volunteers must be at least 18-years of age, and cannot be currently accessing ongoing counselling through any Klinic programs.

If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer at Klinic in Winnipeg, please contact Volunteer Intake or call (204) 784-4006.

If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer at Klinic in Brandon, please email jsmith@klinic.mb.ca, or call (204) 571-4182.

Upcoming training dates

Winnipeg (Crisis Program and SACP)

  • January 4, 2016 – April 6, 2016
    Monday and Wednesday evenings           6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • April 5, 2016 – June 30, 2016
    Tuesday and Thursday evenings              6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • August 3, 2016 – November 9, 2016
    Monday and Wednesday evenings           6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • September 6, 2016 – December 1, 2016
    Tuesday and Thursday evenings               6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Brandon (Crisis Program)

  • Winter, 2017 (One training per year)
    Tuesday and Thursday evenings               6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sexual Assault Crisis Program (SACP) – Winnipeg only

SACP volunteer counsellors provide telephone, in-person, and follow-up crisis counselling. They also provide support and advocacy with medical and legal issues to people who have experienced a sexual assault. This could include support and advocacy with the police, at the hospital or court, or any other appointments related to the sexual assault.

Volunteer Requirements

SACP volunteers are required to complete our Crisis Volunteer Training, and an addition 16-hours of specialized training specific to doing sexual assault crisis works. Once volunteers complete their training, this program requires a 6-month commitment consisting of one 4-hour shift per week, 2 overnight on-call shifts per month, and one 2-hour small group supervision session each month.

Office shifts are available every day of the week from 8am-noon, noon-4pm, 4pm-8pm, and 8pm-midnight; however, some shifts may not have space for new people.

How to get involved with the Sexual Assault Crisis Program (SACP)

The first step in becoming a volunteer in SACP is to fill out an application to attend our 3-month Crisis Volunteer Training. This training program is approximately 80 hours and covers topics including crisis intervention, counselling skills, sexual and gender diversity, feminism, oppression and discrimination, suicide, mental health, sexual assault, and family violence. The training is experiential and intense, and requires an ongoing openness and willingness from trainees to reflect on their own attitudes and values.  Volunteers in SACP also received an additional 16-hours of training related specifically to doing sexual assault crisis work.

Unfortunately, due to the very high demand to participate in the Crisis Program and Sexual Assault Crisis Program in Winnipeg, the waitlist to attend this training is temporarily closed. We will re-open this waitlist as space becomes available. The Crisis Program in Brandon is currently accepting applications.

If you are interested in participating in this training, please add your name to this waitlist when it re-opens. When we have space in a training group to offer you, we will email you to let you know about the opportunity. If you are available to attend the training and still interested, you will be invited to attend a 1-hour interview. The intention of this interview is to explore whether the volunteer opportunity can meet both your needs as a volunteer and the needs of our programs.

Once accepted into training, it is an expectation that volunteers attend all training sessions. If you are not available to attend the entire 3-months of training, we recommend that you consider waiting for an opportunity that fits your schedule. The volunteer training is provided free of charge, however, people who accept a spot in the training but do not fulfill the volunteer commitment may be invoiced $400 for the training.

Every volunteer needs to provide a Criminal Record Check obtained within the past 12-months before beginning their volunteer position. For volunteers living in Winnipeg, Criminal Record Checks should be obtained through the Winnipeg Police Service, and include a search of the Vulnerable Persons sector. Volunteers who live outside the Winnipeg perimeter can obtain Criminal Record Checks through their local RCMP. Volunteers also need to apply for a Child Abuse Registry Check and a Vulnerable Adult Abuse Registry Check, which can be done through Klinic. Volunteers must be at least 18-years of age, and cannot be currently accessing ongoing counselling through any Klinic programs.

If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer at Klinic in Winnipeg, please contact Volunteer Intake or call (204) 784-4006.

Upcoming training dates

Winnipeg (Crisis Program and SACP)

  • January 4, 2016 – April 6, 2016
    Monday and Wednesday evenings           6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • April 5, 2016 – June 30, 2016
    Tuesday and Thursday evenings              6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • August 3, 2016 – November 9, 2016
    Monday and Wednesday evenings           6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • September 6, 2016 – December 1, 2016
    Tuesday and Thursday evenings              6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Community Drop-In Counselling Program (CDCP) – Winnipeg only

Volunteers in the Community Drop-In Counselling Program (CDCP) provide in-person counselling to men, women, and transgender people ages 13 and older 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 as well.

Volunteer Requirements

Due to the nature of this opportunity, the CDCP volunteer position is for people 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 Klinic phone line services). CDCP volunteers must also attend our 6-week Drop-In Volunteer Training.

Once Drop-In volunteers complete their training, they are asked to fulfill a 12-month commitment consisting of one 4-hour shift per week for their first 3 months, and then one 4-hour shift per month after your initial 3 months. Shifts in this program are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from noon-4pm and 3pm-7pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from noon-4pm.

While volunteers counsel independently, they consult and debrief as part of a team.

How to get involved with the Community Drop-In Counselling Program

To build on the skills that you are already bringing to this role, each volunteer in this program must attend our 36-hours, 6-week training program before starting their volunteer commitment. Topics explored include risk assessment, crisis theory, single session approaches, suicide awareness, family violence, and mental health. If you are looking to expand your clinical experience, this is the place for you!

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for this opportunity, please contact the Program Coordinator at (204) 784-4216.

Upcoming training dates

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 Community Drop-In Counselling Program.

Teen Talk Peer Support Program – Winnipeg

Peer supporters are young people who provide support to other young people by listening, supporting, referring and giving information & resources.

Peer Support volunteers may participate in projects and activities with the Teen Talk Peer Support Program as well as reach out to peers in their community or school to provide accurate information, resources and links to services. They are the bridge for connecting their peers with what they need.

Volunteer Requirements

Peer Support Training is for anyone age 14 -18 interested in learning communication skills and being a good support and resource to others. You will learn more about sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, relationships, mental health, suicide prevention and other important issues.

It’s FREE!!! Plus, you get: a certificate, bus tickets, snacks, condoms, a ton of great info, and after the training you can get involved in volunteering in our Peer Support Program or we can provide you with support and encouragement to use your improved knowledge, communication and leadership skills to help your peers and take action in your school and/or community.

The hours spent in training or other Peer Support activities can also count as Volunteer Hours for high school or other programs. Please check with your school or program first if you want to get credit for the training.

How to get involved:

For more information about our training and volunteering with the Peer Support Program, go to http://teentalk.ca/peer-support/.

Or contact us at:

Email: peersupport@klinic.mb.ca
Phone: 204-784-4010

Upcoming Training Dates

Our next training will be happening in August.  Dates TBA.

We provide 3 Peer Support Trainings per year:

Summer: Third week of August during the day.

Fall: Weekly for 11 evenings beginning the first week of October.

Winter: Weekly for 11 evenings beginning the first week of February.