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SEEKING ABORIGINAL APPLICANTS FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Apply Now Job ID 1033518 Date posted 02/09/2018
Job title :SEEKING ABORIGINAL APPLICANTS FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Community :FLEXIBLE
Facility :FLEXIBLE
Status :CASUAL
Position Summary

We invite applicants to self-identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.

“Improving the mental wellness of Aboriginal peoples residing in the Interior is one of four goals in the overarching IH Aboriginal Health and Wellness Strategy.”

We are accepting applications for the following Mental Health programs. Opportunities may exist within various worksites located within the Interior Health geographical area:

COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH WORKER I
The Community Mental Health Worker's purpose is to ensure that persons with severe and persistent mental health problems and/or substance use disorders have access to timely, responsive, evidence-based psychosocial rehabilitation. As a Community Mental Health Worker you will provide basic care management as well as establish rehabilitation objectives and plans for assigned client populations. You will perform a variety of life skills, advocacy, supportive counseling, psychosocial rehabilitation planning, and general support duties involving clients who are living in their own housing. If you are trained in mental health and have a passion for providing care management to those in need, apply today!

To qualify:
• Grade 12
• Certificate in a field relevant to the position (for example: Community Mental Health Certificate, or Human Service Worker Certificate, or Social Services Worker Certificate, etc.).
• One year recent, related experience working with clients experiencing mental health and/or substance use problems; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Food Safe Certificate
• Valid Driver’s License


LIFE SKILLS WORKER
The Life Skills Worker performs a variety of duties involving clients who are placed in a short stay treatment and recovery housing program. Reporting to the Team Leader, this position is a member of the multidisciplinary Mental Health and Addiction team providing and array of services within a psychosocial rehabilitation and harm reduction framework for clients with a serious mental illness and/or substance use disorder. The Life Skills Worker is expected to engage the resident and family as full collaborators in service planning, delivery and evaluation.

To qualify:
• Grade 12
• Community Mental Health Worker Certificate
• One year recent. related experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Valid First Aid Certificate
• Current CPR
• Food Safe Certificate
• Valid Driver’s License


MENTAL HEALTH CARE AIDE
The Mental Health Care Aide works under the direction of a Registered Nurse, Registered Psychiatric Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse and in cooperation with interdisciplinary team members to assist in the delivery of client care. Following established care plans the Mental Health Care Aide provides personal care, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, assisting with meals and oral hygiene and provides assistance in the delivery of nursing care, for instance, obtaining vital signs, documenting on patient’s chart and responding to call bells/alarms. This position also observes and monitors clients’ progress, symptoms and behavioural changes and reports significant observations, assists with the provision of activation and socialization services for mental health patients and utilizes established lifting /safety techniques and uses appropriate equipment to assist patients with positioning, activation and transportation. The Mental Health Care Aide understands the importance of and maintains a clean and safe environment for clients and staff.

To qualify:
• Graduation from a recognized Nursing Assistant Program or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKER
The Community Support Worker provides support to clients to maintain life skills and prevent relapse according to the individual care plan. Areas of focus may include household management, personal care, community access, social/recreational activities, and money management. Part of this role also involves providing information to the Clinical Supervisor and/or Case Manager regarding individual care plans in way of communicating and documenting observations.

To qualify:
• Grade 12
• Graduation from a recognized Human Service Worker Program or Social Service Worker Program and/or equivalent combination of education, training and experience with Mental Health Certificate.
• Experience working with mental illness is an asset.
• Valid Driver’s License


MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE (MHSU) ELDERLY SERVICES WORKER (Bachelor)
The MHSU Elderly Services Worker functions as a member of the larger Community Integrated Health Services (CIHS) health care team and is a member of a specific Mental Health multidisciplinary team. This position’s role is to ensure that elderly persons with serious mental health problems, made more complex by age related issues, have access to timely, responsive, evidence-based treatment and clinical supports. Using knowledge of geriatric psychiatry and the aging process, the Elderly Services Worker provides geriatric mental health assessment, treatment, case management, community support, and as required, urgent response to clients who may, in addition to mental illness, also have serious functional impairment in the domains of physical health and personal, family, financial, occupational, and social life.

To qualify:
• Bachelor degree from an accredited educational institution in an Allied Health, Behavioural, or Social Science field relevant to the position.
• Two years’ recent, related experience in an elderly mental health services environment or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Valid Driver’s License

**Working knowledge of pertinent acts i.e. Mental Health Act, Guardianship Act, and Patients’ Property Act is considered an asset.


MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE ALCOHOL & DRUG WORKER/CLINICIAN (Bachelors)
As the MHSU Alcohol & Drug worker, you will conduct assessments, facilitate group counselling sessions, and provide urgent response to clients who may have serious functional impairment in the domains of physical health and personal, family, financial, occupational and social life. You will provide counselling, outreach work, case management services, and connect your clients with other services and housing. You will work in a rich learning environment dealing with complicated clients with concurrent mental health and substance use disorders that will challenge your counselling skills.

To qualify:
• Bachelor degree from an accredited educational institution in an Allied Health, Behavioural, or Social Science field relevant to the position,
• Two years’ recent, related experience in an elderly mental health services environment or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Valid Driver’s License


MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE (MHSU) ASTAT CLINICIAN (Masters)
The day-to-day aspect of this position includes working within a Mental Health Day Treatment Program as an Adult Short Term Assessment and Treatment (ASTAT) Clinician. The ASTAT Clinician is expected to function as a member of a team and will be facilitating a number of therapeutic groups, as well as delivering individual counselling services. The Mental Health Day Treatment Program serves clients with major mood disorders, personality disorders, concurrent disorders and (addiction, trauma, medical conditions, etc.). The ASTAT Clinician is expected to accomplish the delivery of quality, efficient, client-centered services. The Mental Health Day Treatment Program is a program that is part of a larger counselling team so it often interfaces with a number of other Mental Health and Substance Use services/staff and other community agencies/organizations.

To qualify:
• Master’s degree from an accredited educational institution in an Allied Health, Behavioural, or Social Science field relevant to the position.
• Two (2) years’ recent, related experience in a mental health and substance use environment or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Valid Driver’s License


RURAL AND REMOTE ADULT MENTAL HEALTH SUBSTANCE USE COUNCELLOR/CLINICIAN (Masters)
The purpose of this position is to ensure that adults and elderly persons with serious mental disorders and/or substance use problems and co-occurring impairment in personal, family, financial, occupational and/or social life, have access to responsive, sensitive and relevant assessment and treatment services. This clinician practices at the advanced practice level, which includes intake assessment, crisis intervention, referral, case management, short term individual and group psychotherapy, psychogeriatric support, collaborative community planning, psycho-education with clients and their families, and liaison with appropriate professionals.

To qualify:
• Masters degree from an accredited educational institution in an Allied Health, Behavioural, or Social Science field relevant to the position.
• Two years’ recent, related experience in a mental health and substance use environment or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Valid Driver’s License


Qualifications

Many of our opportunities are Casual in nature. Casual means there are no guaranteed hours and work requirements can vary from Zero to 37.5 hours per week. Casual employment includes: short-notice, on-call availability; workload coverage during a temporary absence; and/or providing relief coverage in a specific position. Once hired into a casual role, employees are eligible to apply for internal postings including permanent part-time or full time positions. There are many opportunities with Interior Health that begin with casual on-call positions and lead to regular employment.

To apply, please submit your application and include:
• Resume and cover letter;
• Certificates required applicable for each position (as listed above);
• Your area of interest;
• Your preferred choice of city/town/community;
• Your availability to start in a new position; and
• Your schedule availability for on-call, casual work (i.e. days of the week).

Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with the application process, job readiness, interview readiness or tips for resume and cover letter writing, send your question via email to careers@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor.
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Interior Health values diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to cultivate a workforce rich in culture, experience and knowledge to ensure equitable health outcomes for all of the clients we serve. We are welcoming of all populations including our Aboriginal partners throughout the Interior Health Region. We are committed to increasing our Aboriginal representative workforce to build an engaged, culturally diverse organization focused on the goal of providing high quality, sustainable healthcare through an engaged workforce and healthy workplaces. We build inclusive, trusting and respectful relationships through our partnerships. At Interior Health, Every Person Matters.

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