Forensic Outreach Worker

Nanaimo Region John Howard Society - Port Alberni, BC (21 days ago)

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The Nanaimo Region John Howard Society delivers innovative, effective, evidenced based approaches to justice that are humane and lead to community safety because they address the root causes of crime and promote responsible, accountable behaviours.

One of these programs is Forensic Outreach Program – Rural Region.

The Forensic Outreach Program provides support and mentoring to individuals who are facing multiple barriers to self-actualization, with the goal of improving stability and quality of life while reducing recidivism and increasing community safety.

Participants in the program receive mental health and addictions crisis intervention, outreach supports, mentoring and advocacy.

We have an opening for a Forensic Outreach Worker. This a part-time position is best suited for an individual with significant experience working with individuals with severe and persistent mental health issues in active addictions. The Forensic Outreach Worker will work with the client to develop person centered outreach goals, and deliver supports while working towards increasing stability and independence. Working knowledge of the criminal justice system and the Review Board System is an asset and a high level of comfort working independently and building relationships with hard to engage individuals. You would be a key member of a team of like-minded professionals with a passion for change that is making a positive contribution in our community.

This position requires a flexible schedule, good organizational skills, the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Delivery to services should be solution focused and goal specific. The work is mainly in clients' homes and/or community but there is an office base for workers to collate information and write reports.


  • Post-secondary training: mental health certificate, degree in human services, criminology, social work or a related field and/or an equivalent combination of post-secondary education and experience is required.
  • 5 or more years experience working with individuals with persistent mental illness who are in active addiction using a harms reduction approach
  • Combined knowledge and experience about community services that support and assist individuals.

Please provide a cover letter and resume that details your qualifications for this exciting opportunity.

Job Type: Part-time


  • direct client: 5 years (Preferred)