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Job Number:  45938
Peer Support Specialist
Job Posted: Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Closing Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2018
(in 2 days)
Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region
Region: York / Durham area Type: Part time
Location: Newmarket Salary: (not entered)

6 Month Contract, Part-time, 21 hours per week, evenings and weekends will be required

 

Competition #: 201866

 

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, build resilience, and support 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:            Respect, Trust, Teamwork and Communication

Hours of work:          21 hours per week. Flexible evening and/or weekend hours may be required

Location:                   Newmarket, York and South Simcoe, Recreational Vehicle

 

Job Profile:

 

The model is youth driving; the support will be holistic and compassionate, grounded in evidence, anti-oppression and cultural-competency, following trauma-informed and harm-reduction care. Services will include assessment, suicide intervention, counselling, referral, sexual health and addictions/drug use education and support, basic primary care and health screening. Telemedicine services will offer a range of treatments and specialized services.

 

The Peer Support Specialist collaborates with consumers to provide individualized and flexible support to help engage and integrate them into the community, and help to facilitate access to resources and supports to maximize independence and potential, and promote recovery. Peer Support Specialists have gone through a process of recovery and have obtained peer support related training to assist others with mental health challenges to identify and achieve life goals as part of their own recovery. In collaboration with the team, the Peer Support Specialist 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.

 

In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, demonstrate effectiveness in working in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships.

 

Requirements:

  • A degree or diploma in the health or social services, or a related discipline
  • Four years or more experience of the mental health system
  • Personal experience in recovery from a mental health and/or addiction problem
  • Peer support related training
  • Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment-oriented philosophies and practices
  • Ability to observe boundaries, engage in appropriate emotional regulation, refrain from dual relationships with consumers, maintain confidentiality, and engage in reasonable self-care strategies designed to reduce stress by balancing work/life responsibilities
  • Ability to prioritize needs and organize work efficiently
  • Aptitude in developing innovative approaches to service delivery
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A second language (Cantonese, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu, French) reflecting the local community is preferred.
  • 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 drive a 38’ Recreational Vehicle, training will be provided
  • Other related duties as assigned
  • Drivers 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)
  • Other related duties as assigned

This position currently supports the MOBYSS team. The Peer Support Specialist may be assigned to different programs as required based on need.

 

This position reports to the Manager.

 

Working Conditions: Recreational Vehicle, Office work, Occasional weekend/evening hours may 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.

 

 

 

How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
If you are interested in this opportunity, submit cover letter and resume together as one (1) document / attachment (Word or PDF), outlining how your experience matches our requirements, to the Human Resources Department quoting Competition # 201866.
CMHA, York Region Branch supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQ(+), visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.
To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email: AODA@cmha-yr.on.ca
Contact Details:
Canadian Mental Health Association
1101 Nicholson Road, Unit 5
Newmarket, ON L3Y 9C3


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