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:
The Peer Support Specialist is part of an inter-disciplinary Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team that:
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.
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.
Salary range is $42,477 to $54,174 ($21.77 to $29.17 per hour) as well as a comprehensive health benefits package and generous vacation leave.
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