Peer Support Worker wanted at South Mental Health and Substance UseTeam – apply by Sept 8

CLOSING: September 8, 2017

ONE Contract with South Mental Health & Substance Use Services, #220 (West Wing) – 1200 W. 73rd Avenue
~ 30 hours per month, 1 year contract

Job Description: Under the supervision of the Senior Occupational Therapist or delegate, and in conjunction with treatment personnel, you will work with clients with mental illness and/or substance use issues with the objective of assisting them to achieve their stated goals.  The successful candidate will be a well-organized individual who exhibits initiative, flexibility, sound judgment and good interpersonal skills.  Duties include one-to-one work assisting clients in achieving goal(s), acquiring new skills or linking with community resources; communicating all relevant information verbally and in writing to pertinent staff; and attending monthly peer support worker meetings, at the team and centrally.

Qualifications:  The successful individual will:

  1. have completed a Peer Support Training program or have equivalent training or experience
  2. have personal experience receiving services within the mental health system (required)
  3. be able to be a role model to people recovering from serious mental illness/substance use issues by sharing common life experiences and practical information
  4. have effective strategies for dealing with stress
  5. be able to work cooperatively with staff, consumers and family members
  6. be able to work with a culturally diverse population
  7. be able to adequately access public transportation and support others with taking transit
  8. be comfortable assisting with goals related to physical activity, such a going to the gym
  9. be able to present in a professional manner,
  10. be empathetic, patient and supportive, and
  11.  have knowledge of community resources and be comfortable searching for information regarding resources online and over the phone

Duration of this Placement: 1 year with possibility of renewal
You are not required to work at the team or unit where you receive service.
Pay and Hours:  $12.00 an hour, up to 30 hours maximum a month (including meetings).
Start Date: September 2017

Closing Date and Location:  Please submit a resume and a cover letter via fax or mail to:
Renea Mohammed, Coordinator
Peer Support Program, Vancouver Community Mental Health Services
#200-520 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H5
Phone: 604-708-5276
Fax: 604-874-7661

No later than : September 8, 2017

Only those short listed will be contacted.

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