Peer Crisis Support Worker

Job Description: 

The Consumer/Survivor Development Program provides peer support, education and information to benefit people who are living with serious mental illness (also referred to as consumer/survivors). Our Program is funded by the SW Local Health Integration Network and is operated by HopeGreyBruce Mental Health and Addictions Services.
Consumer/Survivor Development Program
Full-Time Position (37.5 hours/week)
Location: Grey Bruce Health Services – Owen Sound Site

We require a full-time (37.5 hours per week) Peer Crisis Support Worker. Recruitment is targeted specifically to people who are in recovery from serious mental illness. Services provided by the worker will take place at Grey Bruce Health Services Owen Sound site. The Peer Support Worker will provide support to individuals presenting to the Emergency Department in a mental health crisis, to patients who are hospitalized on the in-patient psychiatry ward, and to individuals who are awaiting transfer to the in-patient department.  Support can be provided on an individual or group basis with the focus including: education about mental illness and the needs of people with mental illness; general peer support; assistance with navigating the mental health system; increasing the knowledge base of what to expect in a hospital setting; and collaborating with other stakeholders of the mental health system. This position requires some flexibility in work hours and involves some evening work. The position involves regular travel throughout Grey and Bruce Counties.
• Degree or diploma in applied health or social services with content relating to mental health
• Membership in a Professional College / Association may become a position requirement
• Recent and relevant experience in the delivery of health or social services, preferably mental health services
• Experience in the delivery of mental health peer support. The successful applicant must have either attained or be willing to obtain the OPDI certified Peer Supporter designation.
• Preference will be given to applicants who have completed Level 1 certification training in Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
• Experience and skill in developing and leading self-help and peer support groups.
• Understanding of mental illness, the needs of people with mental illness and the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery-oriented service
• Knowledge of the Mental Health Act, DSM V diagnoses and pharmacology would be an asset
• Strong communication skills including public presentation and writing skills
• Solid judgement and problem-solving
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage a wide range of clients
• Strong team skills and ability to work well with community and professional groups
• Maturity, a good sense of humour and the ability to work well under pressure
• An understanding and appreciation of rural communities
• Proficiency in use of personal computers for email, data entry and word processing
• Must have a valid driver’s licence and the use of a personal vehicle
• An up to date Criminal Records Check, including a Vulnerable Sector Screening

HopeGreyBruce is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We welcome employment applications from people with disabilities and provide accommodation upon request during the recruitment and selection process.
Interested applicants are invited to submit detailed resumes, with salary expectations to:
Janet Hilts, Human Resources Manager
HopeGreyBruce Mental Health & Addictions Services
Suite 206 – 1101 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2J1


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