Peer Facilitator Wanted

Wanted: Notice of Peer Facilitator Contract: Work Party Group

Closing:  February 21, 2020

Contract with: Kitsilano Mental Health Team, VCH

Location of work: Various VCH Mental Health Substance Use Team IPS sites

Duration of placement: 1 year contract with potential to renew, (maximum 84 hours)

Rate of Pay: $15 per hour with 7 hours work per month average

Work Party is a place to meet people who are working and sharing about what helps to find and to keep jobs. This is where you can talk about how your mental health and/or Substance Use Recovery fit into your work life. In addition, Work Party is a time for good ideas, fun, and peer to peer encouragement on the topic of employment.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Work Party Events- 3 hours per event

  • Set-up of room and jointly facilitate support group meetings – ensuring meetings run smoothly with support of IPS (Individual Placement and Support) Vocational Staff
  • Be open to a range of ways of understanding experiences and promoting the sharing of employment success stories
  • Ensure everyone has a chance to speak
  • Draw on Work Party resource materials in discussions and make these resources available to participants
  • Share personal mental health/ substance and work experience for the benefit of the group or individuals

Work Party Planning- 2 hours per planning meeting

  • Attend planning meetings as required
  • Assist in setting agenda for planning
  • With IPS Staff support help to recruit new team client members to planning committee
  • Help to encourage client members to participate in Work Party events

Work Party Promotion- 2 hours per month

  • In partnership with IPS staff attend Mental Health and Substance Use team meetings to promote Work Party Events and recruit new volunteers to planning committee
  • In partnership with IPS staff, visit Rehab teams at Mental Health and Substance Use teams to promote Work Party events and planning process

Skills and Abilities: The successful individual will:

  • have lived experience with Mental Health and or Substance Use and capacity to share experience peer to peer
  • have personal experience with entering and leaving paid workforce (required)
  • have personal experience receiving services within the mental health system (required)
  • have completed a Peer Support Training Program and/or equivalent education and experience. Such as MH Worker Certificate, WRAP Facilitator Training, Peer Facilitator Training, or other equivalent.
  • have demonstrated experience with groups and facilitation
  • have excellent listening and communication skills
  • have the ability to attend sessions consistently and be highly reliable to commitments
  • have a successful completion of a criminal record check (organized by VCH)
  • be able to be a role model to people recovering from a serious mental illness by sharing common life experiences and practical information
  • have effective strategies for dealing with stress
  • be able to work cooperatively with mental health staff, consumers and family members
  • be able to work with a culturally diverse population
  • be willing to respect other people’s right to decline assistance
  • be able to adequately access public transportation,
  • be able to present in a professional manner, and
  • Be empathetic, patient and supportive.

Time Commitment

Work Party is an event based position and as such hours will vary from month to month. Minimum call out time is 2 hours at one time, and average hours per month are expected to be 4-7 hours. Total one year contract is not to exceed 84 hours.

Start Date: March 1st, 2020

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to:  with the following subject line “Work Party Peer Facilitator Contract”.  Be sure to tell us why you are interested in this role in your cover letter.

Applications are received no later than February 14, 2020.

Lana Cullis RRP

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

IPS Employment Services

CMHA Vancouver-Fraser Branch

Kitsilano – Fairview Mental Health Team,

#400 -1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V1

Tel: 604 736 2881 / Cell: 604-375-9644 

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