Transitional Peer Support Worker

Canadian Mental Health Association- Peel Branch - Brampton, ON (30+ days ago)

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Posting for Transitional Peer Support Worker

Two (2) Full time positions

The Canadian Mental Health Association/Peel Dufferin Branch is recruiting for two (2) full time Transitional Peer Support Worker positions. The incumbent will promote mental health recovery by supporting Clients transitioning from hospital to community mental health services. A partnership between William Osler Health Services (WOHS) and CMHA Peel Dufferin (CMHA) will improve the existing community peer support program and enable a service that is fully integrated with hospital care to ensure that a Client’s journey from hospital to community is seamless and integrated.

This is a full time permanent position (37.5 hours per week). The incumbent will report to the Program Manager of Recovery West & Impact and work out of CMHA Peel’s site in Brampton and 3 WOHS (William Osler Health Services) locations.

The salary range for this position is: $50,700 - $60,700 per year

CMHA Peel Dufferin offers a competitive overall compensation package which includes:

Four weeks paid vacation (accrued), Eighteen Paid personal days per year (accrued), Two Flexible Days annually, HOOPP pension plan, Professional development opportunities within the agency, Excellent benefits including Heath and Dental coverage, Employee Family Assistance Program and access to a wellness fund benefit.

Group Support Responsibilities:
To create, coordinate and deliver peer support, psychoeducational and therapeutic groups/workshops to Clients, including:

Develop and facilitate groups in collaboration with WOHS at any of the three locations.

Establish and carry out a prescreen process for interested individual’s and where appropriate conduct a Client intake interview as per the agency Intake policies and procedures

Select and arrange appropriate resources or guest speakers for groups/workshops.

Collect and manage information for program evaluation and complete required program reports in consultation with the Manager.

Assess Client’s skills and needs, focusing on individual goals that each Client may be able to achieve.

Other duties as assigned

Caseload Support Responsibilities:
To provide short-term community support to an assigned caseload of Clients, including:

For Individual Case Loads:
Facilitate Client and family involvement, meet with Clients throughout their service engagement, assess their progress, and provide support and referrals when necessary.

Follow agency incident and risk policy and procedures when required and ensure follow-up on other issues or concerns, in consultation with the Manager.

Provide end of service planning to Clients (and their family supports) that withdraw from the group or are required to discontinue the group.

Ensure documentation is maintained for the Client as outlined in agency policies and procedures.

Establish supportive therapeutic relationships with Clients and their support systems.

Maintaining appropriate record-keeping/documentation and Client files, statistical and outcome measurement tools as required by CMHA Peel Dufferin policies and procedures.

Assist Clients to develop WRAP/Crisis Plans Clients to support and maintain Client wellness.

Client establish and implement Recovery Plans to guide the mutual work towards Client recovery.

Provide on-going supportive counselling, life skills coaching, pre-employment coaching and appropriate referrals to enable Clients to achieve their recovery goals.

Consult, advocate and liaise with community resources and agencies to assist Clients in achieving their goals.

Assist Clients’ to monitor their own mental health and initiate interventions that promote wellness.

Providing education on addiction and mental health, to Clients and their families/other supports.

Refer Clients to longer term support, as needed.

Referrals for families, as needed.

Other duties as assigned.

Organizational Responsibilities:
To actively contribute to the mission, vision and values of CMHA/Peel

To follow the organizational Code of Ethics and professional standards of your certification and/or your position in the organization

To adhere to the policies and procedures of the Branch and your program(s)

To perform the duties outlined in this job description

To contribute in a positive way to the overall success of the program and organization

To participate in activities designed to promote the Branch, as directed

To participate actively in Board activities and Staff development activities organized internally and externally such as Staff Development Days, Staff Recognition, Annual General Meeting and Board Dinners

To participate in the establishment of program goals and objectives and set service priorities based on it

To demonstrate a positive professional attitude when representing the organization in the community

To actively encourage the involvement and empowerment of consumers/ survivors

To follow the direction of the Joint Health & Safety Committee in complying with the Ontario Health & Safety Act

Skills and Qualifications

Lived experience of mental illness and on a path to recovery is required

University Degree, or a combination of education and experience relevant to the position

Supports those living with mental illness using the core values of Peer Support Canada

Demonstrated ability to use lived experience effectively in the support of those living with mental illness and/or addiction

Minimum 3 years of experience working with vulnerable populations (i.e. mental illness, addiction, shelter system).

Experience facilitating and creating peer support groups

Ability to connect and engage with Clients with mental illness

Strong communication, conflict resolution skills and crisis intervention skills;

Peer training (i.e. WRAP, OPDI) is an asset

First Aid and CPR training

Training in ASIST, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention is an asset

A valid driver’s license

Access to a reliable car and automobile business insurance

Working Conditions

Day/Afternoon shifts on a rotational basis (12:00 pm–8:00 pm, 9:00 am–5:00 pm) with the possibility of weekend shifts.

Independent, self-guided work

Work at all three sites of WOHS

Designated, shared office at CMHA Peel Dufferin

Driving in the CWLIN

Qualified Applicants are invited to submit their resume and cover letter online via the link below:

CMHA/Peel Dufferin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

CMHA/Peel Dufferin will make every effort to accommodate any needs of candidates through the hiring process, under the Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Please inform us if you require any accommodation during the hiring process.