Family Service Association of Western Nova Scotia (FSAWNS) is about supporting every youth and family across diversities of unique experience, culture, and LGBT2Q+ identities to be included in a safe and sustainable community, and to be contributors to a diverse and thriving region. We focus on the coordination and collaboration of supports and services through Coordinated Access and Community Hub; we reduce energy poverty through the development of affordable and energy efficient housing; and we stimulate economic revitalization and build social & cultural capital through the development of social enterprises that offer employment, education and support to those experiencing multiple barriers and underservice. Freeman House, 629 King Street and LEVEL UP Construction offer individuals, youth and families experiencing barriers access to the services they identify are needed – at personal, community and systems levels – to prevent problems and help them get on with their lives.
The Men’s Intervention Program housed at Freeman House and in Western Nova Scotia addresses men’s use of and experience of violence within a coordinated community response. In addition, the Men’s Intervention Program at Freeman is located within a collaborative Community Hub approach that includes Youth Outreach, Family Connections, and coordination of local services. This Community Hub approach can connect underserved men and families with an additional range of risk reducing, safety enhancing supports as needed, spanning the Social Determinants of Health. The goal of the Men’s Intervention Program is to effectively link Intervention with Early Intervention, Prevention and Health Promotion through an anti-oppressive approach rooted in violence and trauma informed care; the goal is to address risk within this coordinated and comprehensive community response, and, support men, families and our communities in moving forward safely and sustainably.
Men’s Intervention responsibilities include:
- Participating in a coordinated response to male-identifying persons at risk of or using violence in their intimate and family relationships, referred through community partners, men self-referring to the program, and men accessing drop in, peer support and groups
- Supporting men’s integration in community pre-, during and post-incarceration within Correctional Facilities and the Court system
- Providing individualized Clinical Case Management and supportive counselling grounded in the principles and practices of prevention and health promotion, including harm reduction, strengths-based practice, and restorative approaches
- Providing innovative outreach (and in-reach into facilities) rooted in empowerment and social justice advocacy; supporting men & their families in their homes and communities to build on their capacity to mitigate and resolve conflict and develop new skills
- Facilitate resource navigation and maintaining continuity of care across interagency service delivery settings, by providing warm transfer and relaying relevant information to ensure consistent service delivery when referring to external programs
- Providing post-transition follow up and facilitating case coordination meetings with all involved agencies to ensure program participants experience wraparound services
- Co-facilitating men’s drop in, group and peer support through programs, workshops, and mentoring while also responding to crisis management
- Participating in Freeman House weekly case management and supervision meetings
- Participating in Community Hub & Coordinated Access activities to coordinate services with community partners
- Working with Department of Community Services: Child Welfare to provide support to fathers at-risk of, or currently involved with, Child Welfare
- Reporting cases of child abuse or neglect when required by the Nova Scotia Children and Family Services Act
- Contributing to the ongoing social and community innovation at Freeman House, and in our local communities, through the development of youth-led social enterprises targeted at employing youth experiencing multiple barriers at the individual, community and system levels which impede their entrance to the labor market
- Supporting evaluation of Men’s Intervention services and outcomes
- Reporting to the Executive Director, and adhering to the policies and procedures set out by FSWNS, Social Work Codes of Practice or other professional ethics
Hours and Locations of Work
The Men’s Intervention Worker will work within the Lunenburg County Freeman House team, coordinated South Shore Community Hub, and provide outreach to the Western Region. The Worker will be available on a regular schedule. In addition, evening and weekend work will be required based on the needs of the persons served. Casework will be shared as needed to enhance regular and after-hours people-centered support and service delivery.
- BSW with minimum 2 years experience, and registered or eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers, or a degree and registration in a related field as decided by FSAWNS
- Demonstrated skill working with underserved male-identifying persons and providing Clinical Case Management together
- Demonstrated skill working with youth and families facing structural barriers at personal, community and system levels
- Demonstrated listening and engagement skill in response to youth and families experiencing underservice and historical or ongoing interpersonal and systems violations
- Demonstrated skill facilitating individual, peer support and group processes responding to men’s use of and or experience of violence
- Demonstrated competence in violence- and trauma-informed, strengths-based and harm reduction principles and practices
- Demonstrated cultural, diversity and abilities competencies
- Demonstrated skill at maintaining professional boundaries
- Previous experience of case management would be an asset
- Knowledge of or willingness to be trained in triage, intervention and evaluation tools (e.g., VI-SPDAT, ASIST, ACEs, FIT...)
- Comprehensive knowledge of local and provincial supports and services spanning the Social Determinants of Health
- Comprehensive knowledge of the Department of Community Services and its programs and policies including the Nova Scotia Children and Family Services Act
- Excellent verbal and written communication, analytical problem solving, and organizational skills
- Ability to work alone with minimal supervision, in team collaboration, and in critically reflective supervision
- IT competence (Apple)
- Must have a valid NS Driver’s License, regular use of a reliable vehicle, and appropriate insurance. Travel as required. Compensation is paid
The successful applicant is required to provide a Criminal Record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to the hiring committee before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. In addition, proof of education, and professional registration if applicable, is required. Application information submitted for this posting may be viewed by the hiring committee and their chosen delegates in the community. The information submitted may be retained on FSAWNS secure file systems for up to 5 years. Applicants are required not to email or phone the employer, and only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
Applicants are required to submit both a Cover Letter and a CV.
The Closing Date is November 10, 2019.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $25.00 to $30.00 /hour