Title Summer Recovery College Student Liaison (1) CSJ
Start Date 2018-06-04
Location 1040 7 Avenue SW Calgary. T2P 3G9
Job Information

Summer Recovery College Student Liaison for 8 consecutive weeks.  30 hours per week. (please see below additional Student criteria)

Tasks and Responsibilities
The Recovery College Student Liaison will provide support to the new Recovery College at CMHA. Our Recovery College has been modelled after internationally recognized and evidence-based Recovery Centre’s from across the world. Recovery colleges in the UK have grown significantly to help fill the gap in mental health service provision between in-patient care and outpatients’ recovery within the community. The College takes an educational approach to mental health supports. The Role of the Student Liaison will be to connect with Students (clients) before and after their courses to help them identify their mental health goals and connect them with the most appropriate courses in the College or external resources.

Responsibilities include: providing guidance and support on course selection, work with students one-on-one to share their mental health recovery outcomes post course completion, recommend and support with the development of new curriculum based on community need and demand. Act as a coach/mentor to students requiring extra support to achieve learning and mental health goals. Communicate with Recovery College team to ensure student perspectives are brought to relevant discussions and are considered in decisions.

Supervision and Mentoring Plan
As a new role to the agency, this position will be heavily supported and guided by the Recovery College and Peer Support Lead as well as the Strategic Partnerships and Project Lead. Working side-by-side, there will be able opportunity for support, guidance and mentorship within this role. As the student becomes more confident in the role, a weekly supervision will take place, ensuring a supportive and structured learning environment is provided. The student will also be given daily opportunities to ask questions and be given feedback. This, along with bi­weekly 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 their supervisor.

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. 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 well as provided with contact information. As indicated above, the student will be expected to connect with their supervisors 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 – Post­Secondary

Will this job be a career­related work experience?  Yes

Field of Studies
Education, Social Work or Human Services: This role not only focuses on the development of learners but also works to ensure student well-being. Most, if not all, of the areas of study related to the field of Social Work are practiced within CMHA and relate well to the role of a Social Worker or Community Worker in the mental health/addiction/disability sector. The role provides hands on Student (client) engagement skills, enables them to utilize and enhance their assessment skills and carry out needs assessments. The student will create individualized goal plans for Students (clients) and ensure that Student outcomes are worked towards or reached. The role also provides the ability to source and increase their knowledge of local resources, services and supports. The student will be able to increase their evaluation skills through evaluating the progress, challenges etc. of each client and report to the team. The student will gain the ability to work well within a multidisciplinary team, enhance their written and verbal communication skills as well as their planning and evaluation skills. Students looking to gain a position in client service delivery in a community development/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


Job Category Summer Student Temporary Opportunities
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