Victim Services Toronto has over 150 extensively trained volunteer crisis counselors who work along side our professional crisis counselors and provide over 20,000 hours of direct client services per year.
Once you have completed a volunteer crisis counselor application, it will be reviewed for the next upcoming volunteer recruitment. Volunteers are recruited semi-annually and students are recruited once per year. Should your résumé, interview and security clearance be successful, you will be invited to our September or April training.
Volunteer training is mandatory and includes: 10 weeks in class training, (one night per week for 3 hours) and 16 hours of hands-on training in the office by a volunteer mentor. We ask for a one year commitment at a rate of 2 (3 or 4 hour) shifts per month. Throughout the duration of the training process, you are provided with the skills and knowledge to be an effective volunteer crisis counselor.