All of the Suitcase Clinic’s volunteers are required to undergo training prior to beginning their work in our clinic spaces. Our training emphasizes a holistic approach to addressing the problem of homelessness, teaching volunteers to be a caseworker with the unhoused and low-income community that utilizes our services.

During UC Berkeley’s academic year, those interested in volunteering with the Suitcase Clinic and working directly with folx in our clinic spaces must first take this course. Course content includes caseworking, security training, and clinic policies and procedures.


Course registration requires a written application and a follow-up interview. More information regarding the application process for the course will be available at the beginning of each semester.


Spring 2020:

Infosessions on:

Wed, 1/29 @ Dwinelle 262: 7-8 pm

Thurs, 1/30 @ Barrows 20: 6-7 pm, 7-8 pm


Clinic tours, 2/3 and 2/4

- Sign up before they begin here.

-IMPORTANT: Clinic tours are mandatory for all applicants. 



- Apply by 2/5, 4 pm 


Interview (for second-round applicants)

- Time and location TBD


Information from the infosessions can be found here.

Summer Training

Those interested in volunteering with the Suitcase Clinic, who are unable to take the course during the fall or the spring semester, or are not currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, may participate in a six-week-long training session held every summer. This training addresses the fundamental elements covered in the course including case-working, security training, and clinic policies and procedures.  


Summer 2020:

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 crisis, we will not be holding classes for summer 2020. 

Contact Us

For training-specific questions, comments, or concerns, please submit the contact form. ​