The main role of the contraception education volunteer is to provide accurate and unbiased information that allows Opt clients to make informed decisions on birth control and other issues related to their reproductive and sexual health. They may also assist with other clinic operations to ensure smooth clinic flow.
Volunteers provide factual information and support in order to assist Opt clients in making their own informed decisions.
Contraception Education volunteers should have the following qualifications:
- Must be over the age of 18
- Basic knowledge in reading, writing and math
- Indicate a commitment to on ongoing learning in the area of sexuality
- Demonstrate excellent listening and communication skills
- Be mature, reliable and dependable
- Be nonjudgmental
- Possess strong organizational skills and be detail-orientated
- Experience in providing services to the public, reception work or work in a family planning clinic are assets
Contraception Education volunteers must complete the following training:
- online training course
- in-class training session (can be taken onsite for all volunteers outside Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.)
- onsite orientation (includes observation and volunteer shadowing)
- Volunteers are evaluated by the Clinic Supervisor at six months, then annually thereafter.
What you can expect:
In addition to the duties of the Level One position (clinic support volunteer), the Contraception Education volunteer takes on greater responsibility and plays a role in methods education.
In a normal shift, a Contraception Education volunteer may find themselves interacting directly with clients by:
- Providing client-centered counselling and support
- Discussing aspects of reproductive and sexual health care: safer sex, STI prevention, birth control methods
- Reviewing medical history form and highlight information for the physician
- Facilitating individual client's in making informed decisions
- Explain examination procedures, and provide appropriate information and resource materials
- Document information accurately
- Develop good counselling rapport and ability to confirm client comprehension
- Respect and maintain confidentiality of client
And also helping out with Clerical and Reception duties (see the Clinic Support Volunteer Role Desciption for more details)
For a more detailed description of the Contraception Education volunteer, please click here or see below.