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

Summer Street Outreach Support Worker (1) for 8 consecutive weeks.  30 hours per week. (please see below additional Student criteria)

Tasks and Responsibilities
The student will assist in the development, implementation and service delivery of the Street Outreach and Stabilization programs for individuals living with a mental health and/or addiction issue through the following activities: Accompanying coordinators on street outreach visits to vulnerable individuals living on the streets of Calgary. Engaging with individuals and providing access to supports and resources (including basic needs i.e. food, clothing etc.). Maintains program activity attendance through data collection in the database. Participates in the revisions of program documentation (program workbooks, case files etc.). Assists coordinators in supporting and training volunteers within the programs, as well as supporting the recovery journey of vulnerable clients through one on one support focused on skill building and goal attainment. The candidate will have evidenced interest in community based programs and supports with a demonstrated understanding of mental health and recovery philosophy.

Supervision and Mentoring Plans
Supervision will be provided by the Director of Client Services (BSW) where weekly supervision will take place, ensuring a supportive and structured learning environment is provided. The student will be assigned several specific projects to work on that will produce tangible outcomes. They will also be given daily opportunities to ask questions and be given feedback. This along with attending bi­weekly case management meetings will allow for the student 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. A meeting with the Director of Client Services (BSW) 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. 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
Social Work, Human Services: 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 students with hands on client engagement skills, enables students to utilize and enhance their assessment skills and carry out needs assessments. The student will create individualized goal plans for clients and ensure that client outcomes are worked towards or reached. The role also provides the student with 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. Advocacy skills can be improved through activities such as advocating on behalf of clients for access to external supports in relation to their needs. The role requires an ability to build partnerships and network with other organizations in the community enabling them to build their scope of knowledge and practice of community supports. Students 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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