Peer Support Worker

Alberta Health Services - Calgary, AB (21 days ago)

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Your Opportunity:Description:
Through their own lived experience(s) with addictions, homelessness and/or mental health illnesses, the Peer Support Worker - Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) offers hope to clients by sharing their story, offering mentorship and support; advocating for client needs; and supporting an integrated and harm reduction oriented experience at the SCS space and broader programming. The role also includes delivery of harm reduction supplies, supervised consumption clinical interventions (e.g. overdose response support), interacting and monitoring clients in the post-consumption room, handing out snacks, documenting in client charts, education, Naloxone kit distribution, needle debris pick up, referrals to other health & social services, and completing tasks as directed by the Charge Nurse or Management. The Peer Support Worker – SCS may also assist clients to appointments within the Sheldon M Chumir Health Centre (SMCHC), liaising with community and AHS programs, supporting the multidisciplinary team, working with the Safeworks Connect Team and works side-by-side with Registered Nurses, Paramedics, Outreach Workers, Administrative Support, and Social Workers. As this is a new health service, we are looking for a diplomatic, multi-tasker, who is able to work in a fast-paced environment and work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team. In addition, someone who is able to adapt to change and communicate effectively to their team. Safeworks is a pioneer in facilitating access to comprehensive harm reduction care for vulnerable populations. This is your chance to be a part of this groundbreaking team!

Classification: Assistant
Union: Exempt
Department: Safeworks SCS Program
Primary Location: Sheldon M Chumir Health Centre
Negotiable Location: Within Calgary Zone
Employee Class: Regular Part Time
FTE: 0.50
Posting End Date: 28-OCT-2019
Date Available: 11-NOV-2019
Hours per Shift: 7.75
Length of Shift in weeks: 12
Shifts per cycle: 30
Shift Pattern: Days, Nights, Weekends
Days Off: As Per Rotation
Minimum Salary: $19.12
Maximum Salary: $31.89
Vehicle Requirement: N/A

Required Qualifications:
Completion of grade 12 or equivalent. Current Basic Cardiac Life Support - Healthcare Provider (BCLS-HCP). Minimum 2 years’ experience working with diverse and marginalized populations, particularly the homeless (work or volunteer). Lived experience with addictions, homelessness and/or mental health illness (must identify in cover letter). Must be willing to share one’s personal experience(s).

Additional Required Qualifications:
As Required

Preferred Qualifications:
Completion of a recognized peer support-training program. Previous experience in a health care setting or in a human services field outside of health care setting. Knowledge of an Indigenous language & culture. Knowledge of health care and community services. Knowledge of systemic issues such as poverty and stigma. Ongoing participation in the Peer Support Community of Practice offered by CMHA. Post-secondary courses related to social work, health care and psychology/sociology would be an asset.