ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) BC Division is seeking to hire Coaches to join to We Are Indigenous: Big Worries/Fears Parent/Caregiver Support Program to meet the needs Indigenous families across BC, whose children aged 3–12 years are struggling with the experience the Big Worries/Fears, or what the Western worldview calls anxiety. The program and content grounded in Indigenous perspectives and the program materials were developed through the and guidance of the Indigenous Advisory group, Caring in All Directions. The program content materials were created by Indigenous writers/clinicians, and an Indigenous-owned video company. Using some of the structure from the CPTK-A program, the We Are Indigenous: Worries/Fears, Parent/Caregiver program was developed by centering our First Nations, Metis, and worldviews and perspectives on Wellness and Healing within the historical and present, lived of Indigenous families living in BC. Learn more about the program at bigworriesstrongspirit.ca.
Coaches are the backbone of this program and receive extensive training in all of the We Are Indigenous program materials and strategies. Most positions are full-time (37.5 hours/week) and are located at CMHA BC Division in the Victoria office with options to work remotely. As part of the Victoria office service array, coaches will also have a role in a variety of community education and mental health promotion initiatives.
ABOUT THE JOB
Reporting to the We Are Indigenous Program Leader, Coaches provide regular support through structured, personalized telephone sessions to Parents/Caregivers with young children. The aim of the sessions is to offer information and guided support from an Indigenous perspective to Parents/Caregivers that will help them develop a plan for managing theirs and their child’s experience of the Big Worries/Fears in home, school and social settings. Coaches may also support Parents/Caregivers in the Confident Parents Thriving Kids – Anxiety program, available to parents and caregivers throughout BC which also supports families with children aged 3-12 experiencing anxiety.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Some of the key duties and responsibilities are as follows:
o Truth and Reconciliation Commission/94 Calls to Action
o Jordan’s Principle
o Federal Act Section 92 – part vi, Constitution Act 1867
o Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, BC (FIPPA/FOIPA)
o BC Child, Family, and Community Service Act
o United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
o BC Aboriginal Policy and Practice Framework (APPF)
Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care or other related fields working with families and children, with recognition given to specialized Indigenous programs. Prefer approximately 3 years of relevant experience. An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered.
o Knowledge of traditional Indigenous Well-being beliefs and healing practices.
o Knowledge of utilizing a distinctions-based approach to ensure that the unique rights, interests and circumstances of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit are acknowledged, affirmed, and implemented.
o Knowledge of child development, including from a First Nation, Metis and Inuit worldview.
o Knowledge and experience of adult learners from an Indigenous context.
o Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations (such as mixed families, LGBTQ2+, and other intersectional understandings) in an inclusive way.
o Knowledge of the influences of historical and ongoing colonial policies and practices that disrupt the lives of Indigenous People.
o Understanding of government institutions and related delegated agencies and how they can influence the context of Indigenous families and children and their experiences of the Big Worries/Fears (what the Western world calls anxiety).
Founded in 1918, The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health and addiction, CMHA helps people access the community resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness and/or addiction.
We are an equity-based employer and different identities and backgrounds make us stronger. We encourage applications from people of diverse abilities, ages, gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as people who are racialized or Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people)
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