The Peer Support Worker - Calgary Diversion Service position is a grant-funded two-year temporary half-time position (0.5 FTE) reporting to the Manager of the Mental Health Diversion team. The Diversion team receives referrals from the justice system and works to connect clients with community resources. The Peer Support Worker provides interventions and supports that are complementary to the work of the Diversion team, by supporting clients to maintain existing connections and/or to develop new connections to treatment and other community supports. Through their own lived experience(s) with mental illness and or addiction, the Peer Support Worker offers hope to clients by sharing their recovery story, offering mentorship and recovery support; advocating for client needs; and supporting an integrated and recovery-oriented treatment experience. Examples of some tasks that a peer support worker may be involved with include: assures all recovery oriented tasks and activities build on strengths and resiliencies, assists in developing problem-solving skills so peers can respond to challenges in their recovery, assists peers in teaching symptom monitoring and illness self-management, assists peers in developing/re-establishing independent living skills, assists peers in establishing and maintaining social responsibility habits, assists peers in establishing/re-establishing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships, assists peers in finding employment including connecting to employment agencies, writing resumes, and role playing interviews, orientates peers to the volunteer experience with goal of supporting peers in obtaining volunteer opportunities.
As a Peer Support Worker, you will provide interventions and supports that are complementary to the work of a multi-disciplinary outreach team within Addiction & Mental Health. The team functions together to provide treatment, rehabilitation and support services for clients with addiction and/or mental illness. Through your own lived experience(s) with addiction and/or mental illness, and experiences of recovery and resilience, as the Peer Support Worker, you can authentically inspire hope to clients by sharing your recovery story, offering mentorship and recovery support; advocating for client needs; and supporting an integrated and recovery-oriented treatment experience.
Classification: Peer Support Worker
Union: AUPE GSS
Department: MH Reduce Criminal PeerSupport
Primary Location: Calgary Diversion Services
Multi-Site: Not Applicable
Posting End Date: 19-NOV-2019
Temporary Employee Class: Temp F/T Benefits
Date Available: 29-NOV-2019
Temporary End Date: 15-JAN-2021
Hours per Shift: 7.75
Length of Shift in weeks: 2
Shifts per cycle: 5
Shift Pattern: Days
Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
Minimum Salary: $23.89
Maximum Salary: $26.33
Vehicle Requirement: Driver's License, Vehicle Required
See Additional Required Qualifications.
Additional Required Qualifications:
Completion of Grade 12 or Equivalent. Completion of a recognized peer support training program. Lived experience in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction. Willingness to share one's personal experience of recovery. Knowledge of systemic issues such as poverty and stigma. Involvement with local/emerging community of practice and with national peer support organization. Must be able to transport oneself from work site to various locations in order to meet with peers. NVCI training will be required and provided to the successful candidate.
Previous lived experience with the Justice system is preferred.