Scheduled Hours: 12 hour shifts (8 am to 8 pm), two days on/two days off, and alternating weekends on a 2 week rotation. Week 1 Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Week 2 Wednesday, Thursday
Program 302-34 (Birch House) - Single staffed, 24 hr program and SIL Community programs
The Community Disability Services program in Edmonton, Alberta helps high risk populations including people with addiction, complex mental health needs, developmental disabilities and high behaviours. Through community living and life skill coaching, career development and family support, our highly skilled team encourage inclusion, harm reduction and participation to become active and involved in their communities.
Challenging behaviours, addiction and complex mental health needs will occur on a daily basis and therefore, only those with previous experienced with de-escalation techniques and providing supports to persons with high risk inner city populations will be contacted for an interview.
As a Disability Service Worker (DSW) in this 24 hour program, you will work with a harm reduction, relationship based, and strengths based approach consistent with WJS values to provide one on one support for a client with developmental disabilities, complex mental health needs and these behaviors of concern: depression, low frustration tolerance, anger, impulsivity, lack of focus, history of cutting, substance abuse, mental health aggravated by substance abuse, domestic violence, criminal activity, verbal/physical aggression and inappropriate sexual behaviors.
In Your Role You Will
• Assist/support individuals with high risk indiviuals within residence & community.
• Teach, support and model personal care, life skills, anger management skills and social/occupational skills
• Assist person served with daily tasks at the residence (May include food preparation, cleaning, etc.)
• Assist with design, implementing and evaluating ISPs, program specific policies & procedures.
• Plan, transport (in your own vehicle) and participate in individuals' vocational, recreational activities, appointments, etc.
• Part of on call rotation for multiple programs
• Encourage opportunities for social interaction within communities.
• Liaises, on behalf of the person in service, with the community, family members, guardians and employers.
• Communicate/document information that relates to program changes/service recipient changes
• Observe/document physical, developmental and psychological needs of individuals in service.
*** 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
• Must have 1 year experience: with addictions, mental health, inner city populations, FASD
• Minimum Grade 12; Prefer Diploma in Disabilities Studies or Disability Foundations OR Degree in related Social Sciences/Human Services or equivalent
• Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, customs and beliefs
• MANDATORY - significant experience with health issues, such as FASD, drug and alcohol addictions, intergenerational trauma, mental health, suicide and other behavioural issues.
• Diploma or Degree in Disabilities Studies, in related Social Sciences, Human Services or Special Needs programs.
• Must have valid class 5 driver license with clear driving abstract and reliable vehicle
• Knowledge of developmental disabilities & experience writing and implementing program plans and goals an asset
• Work well in an environment with potential for violence in the workplace; physical intervention skills
• Work with multiple persons served, as well as, with staffing teams – with and without direct supervision
• A positive role model; calm, confident, patient, self motivated and motivates others
• Able to meet the requirements of service Agreement of individual(s) in service, follow instructions and function in a crisis
• Strong communication, administrative & computer skills
• First Aid/CPR Certification, Crisis Prevention Intervention, Medication Administration, Abuse Protocol, Proactive Procedures and Behavioural Strategies, Foundations and Disabilities Training
• Knowledge of basic health and safety rules and guidelines for personal health and safety, as appropriate.
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