Youth Mental Health Worker, MOBYSS Program
Closing Date: October 19, 2016
Permanent, 28 hours/week, Evening Hours and Weekends Required
Competition #: 201644
Our Mission: As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, helps build resilience, and supports recovery from mental illness.
Our Organizational Values:
- Client and Family Centered – through partnership, accountability and action
- Culturally Competent – to provide the best service and work experience
- Innovation – to bring value to our community
Team Values: Trust, Respect, Communication and Teamwork.
Hours of work: 28 hours per week. Evening and weekend hours will be required.
Location: York Region & South Simcoe
This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of CMHA-YR’s state-of-the-art mobile youth mental health outreach bus MOBYSS (Mobile York South Simcoe). MOBYSS is Ontario’s first mobile mental health clinic for ages youth aged 12-25. This innovative clinic travels to areas across York Region and South Simcoe where youth have difficulty accessing services because of travel, stigma, or other barriers. The mobile clinic parks where youth gather such as malls, schools, campuses, youth serving agencies, and skate parks. The model is youth driving; the support is holistic and compassionate, grounded in evidence, anti-oppression and cultural-competency, following trauma-informed and harm-reduction care. Services include assessment, suicide intervention, counselling, referral, sexual health and addictions/drug use education and support, basic primary care and health screening. Telemedicine services offer a range of treatments and specialized services.
Youth Mental Health Worker:
The Youth Mental Health Worker is responsible for connecting with and evaluating mental health and related issues with youth, other community professionals, and for the general public. In collaboration with the MOBYSS team, the Youth Mental Health Worker uses empowerment and Recovery-oriented approaches with individuals and groups to help combat stigma, raise self esteem and mastery, improve self concept, and instill hope.
- Degree or diploma in education, social services or health is preferred however significant position-related work experience is considered for equivalency.
- Minimum three years working with youth and minimum three years experience in the mental health field.
- Minimum two years experience in public speaking/presentation/workshop delivery.
- Training and education in adolescent development and mental health, education, group work, program planning and evaluation, community facilitation and development.
- Extensive knowledge of supports and services in York Region and South Simcoe.
- Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment-oriented philosophies and practices in work.
- Ability to assess risk to individuals and take informed action in crisis situations
- Ability to prioritize needs and organize work efficiently
- Aptitude in developing innovative approaches to service delivery
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent problem-solving and decision making skills
- Proficiency with various forms of presentation media
- Competence in relevant computer applications particularly Microsoft Office and Outlook
- Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
- Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment oriented philosophies and practices in work with clients
- A second language (Cantonese, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu) reflecting the local community is preferred.
- Ability to drive a 32 foot Recreational Vehicle. Driving Instruction will be provided.
- Drivers License Abstract required, and a valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance
- A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check)
This position reports to and is supervised by the Program Manager.
Working Conditions: Recreational Vehicle, Office work, Weekend and evening hours will be required
Disclaimer: In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding and direction this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here.
Why work for CMHA York Region?
We are team committed to our vision of mentally healthy people in a healthy society. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams. It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement and sustain innovative, evidence based and transformational impact. We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.
Our team cares for each other. We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication. We hold ourselves accountable and we celebrate our wins. Because we risk, we learn and we take the opportunity and time to constantly improve our skills, the way we function as a team and ultimately deliver services. We are a team committed to mental health for all. Join us and be part of providing great care in great communities!