Before you fill out the Volunteer Application Form, please read the following step-by-step explanation of our screening and selection process.
NOTE: Please note that not all applicants will be selected as Crisis Line Responders.
The first step of our screening process is your decision to complete the enclosed application form and return it to us. This is a lengthy application, so we ask that you please take your time, and complete it as honestly and as thoroughly as possible. There are no right or wrong answers and all of your responses will be considered strictly confidential. As a condition of acceptance to our training program, you will be required to provide a copy of a Police Records Check to be kept on file by DCOR.
When we receive your application, the three people you have listed as references will be contacted, either by regular mail, e-mail or phone. We ask that you please notify these people prior to applying to ensure that they are comfortable providing a reference on your behalf. Urge them to send their completed reference form back to DCOR quickly. Your application will not be processed further without all three references.
NOTE: Please note that we cannot accept references from family members or partners/spouses.
After your application is complete, you are required to attend the Pre-Training Orientation Meeting. You will join a group of approximately twelve other applicants for a two hour evening meeting to find out more about DCOR. Part of the meeting will be an information/question and answer session.
Finally, after we've met you at the Orientation Meeting, you will be invited to attend our pre-service Training Program. These sessions take place twice a week, spread out over the course of four and a half weeks, usually Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-9:00pm. There is also one full weekend session, (Saturday & Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm) devoted to the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Workshop, and two observation shifts consisting of being paired up with a veteran volunteer for four hours. All of the training sessions will be held at DCOR and actual location of the Centre will be kept confidential until you reach Step Four of the Screening Process.
The Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region (DCOR) respects your privacy. We are committed to protecting your personal information and adhere to all legislative requirements with respect to your personal privacy. While applicants may be screened out at any point of our screening, you are also in no way obliged to make a commitment to DCOR until acceptance into our training program.