Job Title: Youth Mental Health Support Worker

Reports to: Executive Director

Role: To provide a safe, supportive place where youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills to enhance their life.

SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Promote and deliver one-on-one support to youth by liaising with school support services and WEGCSS programs.
  • Respond to referrals from self, parent/caregiver, school and other health/social service professionals.
  • Assess clients’ needs or eligibility for specific services by:
    • Observing conversations, behaviors, attitudes, and non-verbal behavior
    • Eliciting, receiving and sharing information about their interests, concerns and needs
    • Providing information regarding relevant programs, services and opportunities
    • Guiding and facilitating access to programs, services and opportunities that may be of assistance or responsive to articulated needs and requests
    • Enabling positive engagement in their community
  • Advocate for clients to ensure basic needs are met.
  • Liaise with other social services agencies and health care providers. Make recommendations to the youth and family regarding alternative services and other community services and assist them in linking with these resources.
  • Support youth to develop conflict resolution skills.
  • Provide suicide assessment and crisis intervention.
  • Maintain program statistics for purposes of evaluation and research; evaluate program outcomes, successes, impacts, and shortcomings.
  • Provide monthly reports and stats to Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree or Diploma in related human/service field.
  • One or more years of recent related supervised experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Must pass a Vulnerable Persons Criminal Record Check

SKILL, ABILITIES AND ASSETS

  • Suicide assessment and intervention,
  • Working knowledge of the Canada Mental Health Act,
  • Harm Reduction training,
  • Trauma-Informed practice training
  • Good communication skills,
  • Ability to evaluate and monitor client progress,
  • Ability to develop and maintain detailed, current, confidential client files,
  • Strong organizational and planning skills,
  • Strong problem-solving techniques,
  • Ability to take initiative,
  • Strong tact and diplomacy,
  • Must have strong teamwork and cooperation, service orientation and problem solving and judgement skills,
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural settings.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Responsibilities include working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods.

CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The Youth Mental Health Support Worker is a part-time position running from September 14, 2020 to March 12, 2021. Beyond this, the term of this position will be determined based on funding availability

HOURS OF WORK:

  • 6 hours per week
  • $26.50 per hour
  • Fixed Term Agreement (FTA) ending March 12, 2021

Please forward resume to coordinator@wegcss.org. The deadline for applications is August 30th 2020. Only candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted.