Peer Supporter Wanted: Balancing Bipolar

Balancing Bipolar Supporter

The Balancing Bipolar Peer Supporter functions as a positive role model to clients with bipolar disorder; demonstrating competency in personal recovery and use of evidence-based self-management strategies. They provide clients in inpatient or outpatient settings with resources, support and advocacy from a consumer perspective. The Balancing Bipolar Peer Supporter performs varied tasks to assist clients in re-establishing connection within their community and self-determination in their recovery process.This is a casual contractor position with hours dependent on the number of clients in the program.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Meet one-on-one with clients in-person, over-the-phone, or via Skype
  • Model effective, evidence-based coping techniques and self-management strategies
  • Provide clients with practical and emotional support
  • Actively assist clients in identifying and creating recovery goals and to aid them in achieving those goals
  • Assist clients in accessing community integration activities and services and provide clients with referrals as required
  • Facilitate self-determination and empowerment by supporting, respecting, and encouraging clients to make their own informed choices and promote the concept of collaborative care
  • Collaborate with other mental health professionals in providing support if necessary with client’s written consent excepting cases in which the peer supporter has a “duty to warn”
  • Keep current with emerging knowledge relevant to bipolar disorder, comorbid conditions, and recovery
  • Maintain an awareness of current community resources including health care services, social, economic, recreational, employment, educational services and resources, and other agencies
  • Provide weekly client progress notes to the program supervisor
  • Administer client questionnaires
  • Complete all other required paperwork
  • Attend monthly peer support team meetings
  • Adhere to the Peer Supporter Code of Ethics

Qualifications and Skills

  • Lived experience with a mental health condition, preferably bipolar disorder
  • Lived experience of accessing the mental health systems, especially the North Shore
  • Recent related work experience
  • Thorough knowledge of mental health recovery and harm reduction principles
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practice
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Ability to effectively and safely resolve crisis situations
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport and appropriate boundaries with clients
  • Ability to promote positive change and independence
  • Completion of a recognized Peer Support Worker training program or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience; PSACC certification (or in progress) an asset
  • Willingness to complete bipolar-specific peer support training
  • Understanding and applied anti-oppression practice including an ability to work with a culturally diverse population
  • Second language an asset
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to communicate empathy effectively over-the-phone
  • Ability to use Skype
  • Working knowledge of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) and the internet

$15.00/hr

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Lisa Fedorak at lisa.fedorak@cmha.bc.ca

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