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Peer Support Worker
Location:Kelowna
Facility:KELOWNA CHSC
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Competition #:01718606
Employee Type:PERMANENT FULL TIME
Bargaining Unit:BCGEU
Facility:KELOWNA CHSC
Department:KEC MHSU ACT PEER EDUC
Reports To:MANAGER
Hourly Wage:$23.27 - $25.45
Close Date:OPEN UNTIL FILLED*
Comments:
This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor.

Position Summary

We have an exciting permanent full time opportunity for a Peer Support Worker to join the MHSU team at the Community Health & Services Centre in Kelowna, B.C. This position is with the Community Assertive Treatment team which is an outreach team supporting clients with severe and persistent mental illness.

What will you work on?

The Peer Support Worker (PSW) utilizes their own lived experience of substance use and/or mental health, experience enacting their own wellness plan, and knowledge of accessing healthcare, services and supports combined with peer support training and skills to assist MHSU clients to identify and meet their goals. The PSW identifies themselves as a Peer and collaborates with the client and the MHSU team to meet individual needs and situational requirements by determining aspects of the care plan, identifying, developing and implementing programming to meet the client’s goals, assessing progress and adapting or changing the plan as needed. The PSW coaches the client to strengthen and apply self-determination in all aspects of their care plan and in cases where the client can’t express their needs, the PSW is responsible to advocate on their behalf from a lens of lived experience. The PSW provides supportive counselling, wellness planning, case management, formal advocacy, life skills assistance, information, resources, and demonstrations.

The PSW works in collaboration with the ACT team so that the client’s self-identified goals for recovery and community integration are supported by appropriate services and practices, are consistent with the values of self-determination /choice and harm reduction. Services are provided in any environment including: the streets, shelters, hospitals, apartments, office.

Shifts of work are Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 16:30 hours.

How will you create an impact?

Joining our IH team will allow you to challenge yourself professionally while enjoying all the personal pursuits available to you within this fantastic community.

Reasons to Apply at Interior Health... What we can do for you

We offer an exceptional employer-paid benefits package and generous vacation entitlement after your first year of employment.

We offer a work environment conducive to growth and development of strong clinical skills. The opportunity to have a balanced lifestyle that allows you to maintain the quality of life you desire.

If this opportunity is aligned with your experience, training and passion for mental health, apply today!
 
Qualifications

Education, Training and Experience:

• Lived experience of mental illness.
• Grade 12 and completion of recognized peer support worker training program; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• One year recent related work experience with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services.
• Appropriate valid BC driver’s license.

Skills and Abilities:

• Ability to engage clients.
• Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients and their families.
• Ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
• Working knowledge of community, social, & health programs and resources
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and meet deadlines.
• Ability to analyze and problem solve.
• Ability to model, instruct and teach life skills.
• Ability to observe and recognize changes in clients.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
• Ability to use effective interpersonal skills to establish/maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, the public and other agencies.
• Ability to promote positive change and independence.
• Conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills.
• Physical and mental ability to carry out the duties of the position.
• Ability to operate related equipment including proficiency in relevant computer applications.

* All postings with a closing date specified close at 11:59 pm PT