Circle of Support and Accountability (COSA)
Join a consistent small group of four to five community volunteers who meet twice a month with court-referred high needs/high risk adult offenders (considered the "Core" member of the Circle). Provide support and accountability for successful and sustainable reintegration of these clients who are under probation supervision with the 20th Judicial District Probation Department in Boulder County.
You, the community members, provide important normalizing reflection on the client’s thinking process and engagement with treatment and the community through relationship building in the context of the circle process.
Participants work with the client to identify and consider harms to self, family, victims and community through dialogue. No direct victim participation occurs.
Requirements: Must be 21 years of age and a Boulder County resident. Must have an interest in working closely and compassionately with serious crime offenders, with a commitment to public safety. Some clients are sex offenders. This volunteer position is one of ongoing recruitment. Trainings and placement are available year-round.
Location: Boulder County Justice Center Probation Dept. - 1777 6 th St., Boulder, Colorado 80302
Next formal training: October, 2016. Contact us for more info.
Commitment: Two evenings each month for 1.5 hrs. One year commitment required.
Desired character traits: Compassion, empathy, good listening and communication skills, common sense, can set clear boundaries, able to appropriately support and advocate for clients while holding them accountable and confront challenging situations, willingness to learn, some group process experience is preferred.
For more information, please contact Catherine Childs at 303-441-1773 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mental Health
- Case Work / Management
- Relationship Building
- Family Therapy
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 1.5 hours twice a month, ongoing for at least 1 yr