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Peer Support Worker-specialized Mhsu Outreach (full Time)

Full Time
4 days ago
Are you someone who has a real passion for helping others? Are you looking to highlight your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new and dynamic environment? We currently have an exciting opportunity for you to bring your excellent work ethic to our Specialized Services department.

The Peer Support Worker (PSW) shares their own consumer knowledge and lived experience of homelessness with medical or substance use and mental health concerns to assist clients of the assigned Integrated Response Team service in their identified goals. The PSW identifies themselves as a peer and collaborates with the client and the assigned team to meet individual needs and situational requirements by providing information from a lived experience perspective in order to assist clients to obtain services from other Fraser Health staff, external service providers and community resources more effectively. Provides clients living with substance use/mental illness/chronic medical concerns with emotional and social support, life skills assistance, information, and resources. The PSW works collaboratively with the assigned team to ensure the client's self-identified goals for recovery and community connection are supported by appropriate services and practices and are consistent with the values of self-determination /choice and harm reduction. Provides services in a variety of environments dependent on the needs of the client.

Shift Rotation/Hours of work: Days - 09:00 to 20:09

Fort St. John is located above the Peace River Valley, and has a diverse population of 21,000 (2021)and serves an area of approximately 69,000. The friendly, small town feel comes with big city amenities and a vibrant arts community. Check out Fort St. John for more information on what this energetic community has to offer.

What Northern Health has to offer you!
• Comprehensive benefit packages including MSP, extended health/dental and a municipal pension plan for part-time and full-time employees. Casuals have the option of paying for benefits.
• Three weeks vacation with one year of continuous service
• Financial Support for Moving Expenses is available for eligible positions
• Employee referral program
• Employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
• Spectacular outdoor activities and the shortest commutes in BC
• "Loan Forgiveness Programs" are offered through the Federal and BC Government for eligible professions.

• Two years of lived experience in recovery from substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental
• illness.
• Training in Peer Support, completion of a Substance Use Counselling or Social Services certificate, and one year of recent related work/peer support experience in substance use, mental health, homelessness or health services navigation, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Current valid Class Five BC Driver's License and access to personal vehicle for business related purposes, as required.

Skills and Abilities:
• Ability and willingness to share lived experience of substance use or co-occurring substance use and
• mental illness.
• Ability to engage clients with a focus on client service and client comforts.
• Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients and their families.
• Knowledge of harm reduction principles and activities.
• Ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
• Knowledge of available programs.
• Knowledge of substance use/mental illness recovery approaches.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to organize and prioritize.
• 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.

Who we are
Northern Health covers an area of nearly 600,000 square kilometers and offers health services in over two dozen communities and 55 First Nation's communities. We deliver hospital and community-based health care for a population of 300,000.
Employing more than 7,000 staff throughout the region, Northern Health provides exceptional health services for Northerners, through the efforts of dedicated staff and physicians, in partnership with communities and organizations in Northern BC.
There is a wide variety of career opportunities available in our two dozen hospitals, 25 long-term care facilities, public health units and many other offices providing specialized services.
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