Posting Date: October 28, 2020
Closing Date: November 11, 2020
Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations.
We are hiring a Peer Support Specialist on our Assertive Community Treatment Team – South East Program!
As we continue to grow our team, we are looking for a Peer Support Specialist to join our passionate, dedicated, and “BRAVE” team! If you are an individual who has personally experienced mental health and/or addictions, have recovered, received professional peer support training, and are ready to help others who have or are currently going through similar challenges to what you experienced in York Region and South Simcoe, than this role is for you! If you are interested in bringing your experience to an innovative, award winning organization that is continuing to grow and expand and you would love to work on this stellar multidisciplinary team to help people in their moments of need, please continue to read further.
Closing Date: November 11, 2020
Permanent: Permanent, Full-time, 35 Hours per Week, Evening Hours and Weekends may be required
Comprehensive Health Benefits: Excellent Benefits Package: Full Extended Health & Dental, Life Insurance, EAP, STD, LTD, & Pension Plan. Generous paid time off including vacation, sick, personal days.
Competition #: 2020-065
Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available both remotely (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) as well as onsite while respecting physical distancing. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, work can be completed primarily from home with equipment provided by CMHA. Once public health directives are lifted, the Peer Support Specialist will be working primarily in our Markham Office (3601 Highway 7 East, HSBC Tower, Suite 710, Markham ON L3R 0M3) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.
The Peer Support Specialist collaborates with clients 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. Other duties as assigned.
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.
• 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 (i.e. Wellness Recovery Action Plan – WRAP training or other related trainings) is required
• 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 clients, 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
• Other related duties as assigned
• Drivers Abstract required and a Valid G 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
The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to the job. This information is not constructed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the job.
This position reports to and is supervised by the Manager, People and Teams, ACTT - SE Program.
Office work, community settings, meetings in clients home and travel with clients
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 a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and that 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 have been a National Non-Profit Employer of Choice for five consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures!
To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email AODA@cmha-yr.on.ca
CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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