The role is responsible to the Team Leader of the Specialized Mental Health and Substance Use services or Community Interprofessional Team. Substance Use specialists are members of Specialized Mental Health & Substance Use services or the Interprofessional team. This role works in collaboration with the Interprofessional team including Physicians, Nurses, Mobile Support Teams, and other health care providers, to provide trauma informed harm reduction services that are flexible, community based that are designed to promote the stability, recovery and community reintegration of individuals who have a mental illness and substance use supports. The Substance Use Specialist maintains a caseload and in collaboration with the interprofessional team coordinates and provides, in a compassionate and responsible manner, assessment, crises intervention and follow-up services to clients and identified supports as required. The Substance Use Specialist performs all routine team responsibilities including lead responsibility for integrating concurrent treatment with the tasks of other team members. The Substance Use Specalist will have knowledge of and abilty to apply the prinicpals of MI, CBT, EMDR, and Solutions focused therapy when working with the client. Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree (from an accredited educational institution) in an Allied Health, Behavioural or Social Science field relevant to the position plus two (2) years recent, related experience in a health setting working with complex care clients with concurrent disorders.Skills and Abilities:
Assessment and Treatment: Demonstrated ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning) through appropriate/prescribed technical, therapeutic, safety type interventions.
Teaching: Ability to teach clients and others both one-on-one and in groups.
Knowledge Integration: Integrates best practice and current research evidence to support professional practice decisions and actions.
Communication: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and members of the interdisciplinary team using verbal, written, computer communication means. Ability to effectively apply conflict resolution skills..
Critical Thinking: Demonstrated ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve and make decisions effectively. Applies the problem solving process demonstrating critical thinking and decision making skills using a systems approach.
Human Caring and Relationship Centered Practice: Ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitivity to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns.
Management: Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities. Manages time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team and collaborates across disciplines.
Leadership: Promotes staff morale, engagement and empowerment. Demonstrates creative planning for change and innovation, implementation of NH policies or other protocols, and ongoing professional development of self and others.
Teamwork: Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.
Equipment: Demonstrated computer skills including the use of Meditech and Windows based programs. Demonstrated data analysis skills including appropriate data analysis and reporting tools. Demonstrated ability in the use of e-mail and word processing. Ability to operate other related equipment as required in the specific practice area.
Broad knowledge of Trauma-Informed Practice, Harm Reduction approaches, Stages of Change, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, EMDR, and Solutions focused therapy.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
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