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Job Number:  46039
Peer Support Specialist - ACT Team
Job Posted: Thursday, 5 July 2018
Closing Date: Friday, 20 July 2018
(65 days ago)
Pathways to Housing, Boyle McCauley Health Centre
Region: Edmonton area Type: Full time
Location: Edmonton Salary: $42,477 to $54,174, as well as a comprehensive health benefits package and generous vacation leave

Peer Support Specialist – Assertive Community Treatment Team


Boyle McCauley Health Centre’s Pathways to Housing Program in Edmonton ends homelessness for people who suffer from serious, persistent mental illness (such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder), usually co-occurring with addictions and medical and social problems, by:


  • providing access to permanent independent housing without requiring treatment or sobriety as a precondition for housing; and
  • providing outreach community support and treatment with a philosophy that is founded in the principles of consumer choice and harm reduction, using both evidence-based Best Practices and innovative approaches.


Our Peer Support Specialist is part of an inter-disciplinary Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team that:

  • provides comprehensive wrap-around treatment, support and rehabilitation/recovery services;
  • uses a team case management model to form treatment/recovery plans as a team using a person-centred approach;
  • provides assistance with housing, life skills and tasks of daily living.


The belief that recovery is possible for all who experience psychiatric, traumatic and/or substance use challenges is fundamental to the practice of peer support.  In addition to the team case management role shared by all members of the ACT Team, the Peer Support Specialist will work with Clients to provide emotional, social and practical supports, using his or her own personal life experiences with mental illness, addictions and/or homelessness/poverty as a reference.  The Peer Support Specialist must be willing to share his or her relevant personal experience with Clients, in a manner tailored to build rapport and relationships, further Clients’ treatment plans, and to demonstrate that there is hope for recovery. 


Qualification Requirements


  • Personal lived experience with sustained recovery regarding mental illness, addictions, and/or homelessness/poverty, is a requirement of this position


  • Experience in one of more of following areas:
    • acute psychiatry and crisis intervention/emergency services;
    • mental health services in a community treatment setting;
    • Assertive Community Treatment or other inter-disciplinary teamwork;
    • working in addictions, concurrent disorders and/or Housing First; and/or
    • providing outreach services in a ‘street/inner city/chronic homelessness’ environment or equivalent.


  • Knowledge of best practices in
    • working with people with complex co-occurring serious mental illness, addiction and medical issues;
    • client centered, strength-based recovery treatments/rehabilitation strategies;
    • Housing First/Pathway to Housing models;
    • Harm Reduction philosophy; and
    • Peer Support.



  • Knowledge and practice in integrating cultural contexts into practice and service delivery.


  • Responsible, organized and efficient; solid communication/literacy skills (written, oral, computer/technology)


  • A continuous learner


  • Valid driver’s license and use of personal car are a must for this position; there i



This is a permanent, full-time position.  Regular hours of work are 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday.  However, some flexibility around actual work hours is required, and each Team Member is on 24/7 on-call, approximately 7 weeks per year.   A reliable vehicle is required as Team Members drive daily for Client visits, most of which occur in Clients’ homes or elsewhere in the community.




We asked our Team what they’d tell candidates about why they like working at Pathways to Housing/BMHC:

  • Working on a truly interdisciplinary Team, with daily case planning meetings that include Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, a Family Physician, a Psychiatrist, and others.
  • Lots of focus on Team health – including fun Team building.
  • You get to know Clients well and get to see progress over time, so you feel you are making a real difference in their health, wellbeing and quality of life while treating everyone with dignity and respect.
  • Great educational opportunities – funding available to support training such as ASIST, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and lots of opportunities to participate in Conferences, courses, and training specific to your discipline.
  • The work is challenging, with a lot of variety – in one day, your work may include supporting Clients with Harm Reduction, mental illness, trauma, addictions, community integration, lifeskills, and/or physical health issues. There is never a dull moment, you are out and about in the community, and you get a chance to learn a lot of great skills.
  • You get to work independently (i.e. not micro-managed) but support is there when you need it.
  • Employee policies are flexible, and Management is accommodating to staff needs.


How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
Please apply via email. Please ensure your application outlines the nature of your lived experience with mental illness, addictions and/or homelessness/poverty, as this is a requirement for the position.
Contact Details:
Wendy Bouwman Oake
Pathways to Housing, Boyle McCauley Health Centre
10742 95th Street
Edmonton, AB, T5H2C9

Tel: 7804977146
www:   bmhc.net

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