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.
The Resilience and Cultural Support Specialist reports to the Team Leader and is a participating member of the inter-disciplinary Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team providing comprehensive wrap-around treatment, support and rehabilitation/recovery services for the clients of the program. Using a team case management model, all team members are required to remain current with all clients, their situation, recovery program and goals. All treatment/recovery plans are developed as a team, with clients directing their care. In accordance with the Pathways to Housing model, all team members spend half of their time providing generalized supports that may not be part of their professional discipline, such as providing assistance with housing, life skills and tasks of daily living.
In addition to the ‘generalist’ role on the ACT Team described above, the Resilience and Cultural Support Specialist is responsible specifically for:
- providing guidance to the Team to ensure interventions are delivered using a trauma informed and culturally sensitive perspective;
- ensuring Client Case Plans address trauma, grief and the building of resilience, as appropriate;
- using evidenced based practices directly with Clients, to address trauma, grief and resilience, and incorporating practices that are culturally significant to Clients; and
- in particular, assisting Clients to connect to Indigenous Cultural teachings and ceremony, to address intergenerational trauma and loss of culture, and to work toward reconciliation.
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: $54,388 to $69,414. Comprehensive benefits package.
- Registered Social Worker with the ability to be registered in Alberta.
- Experience in one of more of following areas:
- mental health services in a community treatment setting;
- on an Assertive Community Treatment Team;
- 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; and
- Harm Reduction philosophy.
- Experience with:
- Evidenced based practices to address trauma and grief, and to build resilience;
- assisting individuals to understand the cycle of domestic violence;
- understanding the impacts experienced by residential school survivors and of intergenerational trauma; and
- understanding the impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
- Knowledge and practice in integrating cultural contexts into practice and service delivery, with particular knowledge around cultural safety, Indigenous cultural teachings and how to support individuals to engage in Indigenous ceremony.
- Successful experience in inter-disciplinary teamwork.
- Experience in community allied service networking
- Responsible, punctual, good communication skills/literacy (written, oral, computer) and a continuous learner.
- Valid driver’s license (non GDL) and use of personal car are a must.
- Physical capacity to perform job duties, including climbing stairs, carrying groceries, etc.