Peer Support Worker
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, ON
Job Number: 837399

Category: Complex Care & Recovery

Positions Available: 1

Years Experience Required: 0

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Posted Date: Feb 20, 2019

Peer Support Worker
Engaging Consumers in Opportunities for Recovery Education (ENCORE)
Complex Care and Recovery

Job Description:
The Complex Care and Recovery Program is currently recruiting a Peer Support Worker for a full-time, temporary position within the ENCORE program. ENCORE is a centralized location where clients with similar treatment needs attend therapeutic programming. Offering centralized programming in addition to unit-based programming allows more opportunities for client choice in programming, greater exposure to other clients facing similar issues, and more opportunities to help clients reach their recovery and wellness goals. In this role you will work as a member of a diverse inter-professional team to facilitate and support clients through their recovery process. You will utilize your lived experience with mental health and/or addiction challenges as you facilitate clients in determining their unique goals and objectives. You will provide a source of encouragement and hope, partnering with clients as they move towards their visions. Your collaborative work with clients will involve the role of a coach and liaison and assisting clients to advocate for themselves. You will work with clients in a programming capacity and you will be a shared learner with clients, rather than being a helper, therapist or treatment provider. You will connect with clients on an individual basis and also facilitate groups with an emphasis on WRAP and other recovery tools. This position involves working with clients who are under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Review Board and skills managing the complexity of the peer relationship with mandated clients are required. In this role, you will provide education about recovery and peer support to staff and students. You will be expected to contribute to both in and outpatient program development, research and educational activities of the Program. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Adult Neurodevelopmental Services, Centralized Programming and Social Support Services, you will receive clinical support facilitated by the Advanced Practice Clinician. You will provide services reflective of the diverse needs of the clients and their families. Some evening and/or weekend hours may be required. You will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements. This position is located at 1001 Queen Street West.

The successful candidate will have lived experience as a recipient of mental health and/or addictions services. You have a strong understanding of the psychiatric consumer/survivor community. You possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills enabling you to work within a collaborative and diverse inter-professional team. Effective leadership, decision-making, organizational and problem solving skills are required. Your skills will include the ability to be flexible, self-reflective, and supportive. The ability to work effectively in a dynamic and a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment is essential. Experience working with clients, staff, and organizations of diverse backgrounds are required. You possess knowledge in the areas of group facilitation, community resources, the recovery process and the peer support role. Participation in training on Peer Support/Recovery is essential as is formal training in Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) and Pathways to Recovery. Computer literacy and the willingness to learn new computer programs are required. Your role will include electronic documentation on the computer. Bilingualism (French/English) or the ability to speak a second language is considered an asset. Training and supervision will be provided for this position.

Please note: This full time, temporary position is part of the OPSEU Bargaining Unit.

Salary range: $24.15 per hour to $27.81 per hour

CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

As an employment equity employer CAMH actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, (including people with who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.