Disability Support Workers with Addictions experience (2 full time positions)
Job Number: J1020-0793
Job Type: Permanent, Full-Time
City: Edmonton, Alberta
Hours of Work Per Week: 37-41
Scheduled Days Each Week: Varies
Scheduled Hours: Typically Monday to Friday (Days, evenings various shifts between 9am and 8pm) Potential work a weekend depending on clients need.
Position #1 - 41hrs/wk between 4 female clients.
Position #2 - 37hrs/wk between 4 female clients.
Compensation: $20.09 - $23.00/hr
302-31 Edmonton Oak House
WJS Canada is hiring highly qualified Disability Support Workers to work 1:1 (one on one) with 4 females clients with complex needs, schizophrenia, FASD, extensive trauma history and/or homelessness.
Challenging behaviours occur on a daily basis and therefore, only applicants with de-escalation & harm reduction techniques and previous experience supporting persons with high behaviours and complex needs will be contacted for an interview.
These clients have challenges with substance abuse and establishing healthy boundaries with family & friends. Working from a harm reduction and holistic approach, the Disability Support Workers (DSW) will work one on one with each client on ISP goals and life skills development, including money management, as well as to model healthy relationships.
Only self-motivated applicants with advanced critical thinking skills and a minimum of 1 year experience working with an individual with significant mental health concerns, aggressive behaviours and/or trauma will be interviewed for this challenging position. Please provide a cover letter detailing your suitability for this role.
In Your Role You Will
• Be motivated to work independently with the client towards achieving the goals set out in their Individual Support Plan (ISP); encouraging them during setbacks and celebrating successes with them.
• Model healthy relationships and setting boundaries
• Assist client in developing life skills within their home including household chores (meal prep, cleaning, etc.) in a consistent, healthy & safe environment and their community.
• Connect the individual with their family, friends & community and encourage healthy relationship building.
• Drive person in care (in your own vehicle) within the community and supervise/participate with the client in recreational, leisure, vocational (training/employment)activities.
• Support/supervise complex behavioural, emotional and social needs/development (in the residence & during community activities); observing & documenting changes
• Use de-escalation techniques to deal with challenging behaviours on a daily basis.
• May be required to perform physical restraints (holds) on an individual to stop an individual from violent or destructive behaviours if risk to themselves or others.
• Assist in the design, implementation & evaluation of ISPs, program specific policies & procedures.
• Use computer program to write objective daily reports.
• Provide immediate support in crisis situations.
• Administer medication, first aid if/when necessary.
*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 6 months of hiring date) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.
As An Ideal Candidate You Possess
• Work well in an environment with potential for verbal/physical aggression.
• MUST HAVE 1 year experience working with an individual with significant mental health concerns, aggressive behaviours, addictions and/or trauma.
• Prefer a Certificate, Diploma or Degree – Disability Service Worker, Special Education or related field; Grade 12 Diploma minimum requirement;
• Valid class 5 driver license (or GDL and 2 years driving experience) with clear driving abstract and reliable vehicle
• Clear criminal record check & social services involvement check (UPLOAD COPY IF AVAILABLE)
• Current First Aid/CPR and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certification (NVCI or CPI)
• Training in Harm Reduction, Addictions, Trauma Informed Practice, Complex Needs, Behaviour Management.
• Confident & able to function in a crisis
What WJS Canada does
WJS helps people with developmental disabilities thrive in their communities through a variety of programs and services, including:
• Community-based homes and residential care
• Supportive Independent living
• Family support services, including respite care
• Day programs, community involvement, employment
• Behaviour, emotional and mental health support
Our Employees Enjoy
• Safe, supportive and caring team environment
• Training programs to ensure professional development and career development
• Flexible hours
• Generous benefit packages (for full time employees)
No telephone calls please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.
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