Title Summer Peer Support Worker (1) CSJ
Start Date 2018-06-04
Location 1040 7 Avenue SW Calgary. T2P 3G9
Job Information

Summer Peer Support Worker for 8 consecutive weeks.  30 hours per week. (please see below additional Student criteria)

Tasks and Responsibilities
The Peer Support worker is an individual with lived experience of a mental health and/or addiction issue. Their role will be to help provide navigation of mental health and addiction services in Calgary, as well as support the recovery journey of vulnerable clients through one on one support either in person, via email or over the phone. The successful candidate will offer supportive listening skills, peer support and advocacy. The peer support worker will enhance our programs and services to the mental health community by bringing their ability to quickly connect with underserved and disconnected individuals in the community. Their lived experience fosters trust and decreases stigma. The candidate will have evidenced interest in community based programs and supports with a demonstrated understanding of mental health and the recovery model.

Supervision and Mentoring Plan
Peer support worker training is not a one-time occurrence: ongoing training, mentorship and supervision is required to refresh a peer support workers’ skills, ensure peer support workers are maintaining good self-wellness practices and providing continued learning and experiential learning in practice ­group settings. Peer support workers are mentored for a minimum of 50 hours by the CMHA Peer Mentor and Recovery Lead. Peer support workers are also required to attend a monthly 2 hour Community of Practice, coordinated by the Peer Mentor and Recovery Lead where peers support one another and focus on the development of skills and experiences. Supervision will be provided by the Recovery College and Peer Support Lead where weekly supervision will take place, ensuring a supportive and structured learning environment is provided. Students will also be given daily opportunities to ask questions and be given feedback. This, along with bi-­weekly team meetings, will allow for the students to feel supported in problem-solving and decision making skills. In addition to this, the students are expected to connect frequently with both their supervisor and mentor.

Health and Safety Practices in the Workplace
Student will receive an orientation which will include the organization policies and procedures manual to work through which provides information on safety protocols and health and safety expectations. This includes fire safety and evacuation procedures. A meeting with the Peer Mentor and Recovery Lead and the Recovery College and Peer Support Lead will be held, giving the student guidelines on maintaining their own safety and boundaries when working with clients. The student will also be made aware that they are able to speak to staff when they have questions or concerns regarding health and safety. As indicated above, the Peer Support workers will be expected to connect with their supervisors and mentors often to ensure that they feel fully comfortable in their role and the organization. Additionally, they will be provided with materials provided by the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Desired Level of Education of the Student (Mandatory) – Post­Secondary

Will this job be a career­related work experience? (Mandatory) Yes
The role provides students with hands on client engagement skills, enables students to utilize and enhance their listening, assessment and navigation skills. The role also provides the student with the ability to source and increase their knowledge of local resources, services and supports. Students will gain the ability to work well within a multidisciplinary team, enhance their written and verbal communication skills. Students looking to gain a position in client service delivery in a community development/peer support/clinical setting will benefit from this role.

Canada Summer Jobs Criteria:  To be eligible, students must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection ActFootnote2 for the duration of the employment
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
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