MHSUW - Kelowna 24207

Job description
Job Title: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Worker

Reports to: Program Manager

Classification: Grid 13

Job Summary:

The Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Worker is responsible for working in collaboration with program clinical partner(s) to provide life skills and support services to adults who may experience one or more of the following: long-term homelessness, has been unable to maintain housing, substance use, brain injury, mental health disorders, justice involvement, and/or street entrenchment.

Active Care Youth and Adult Services recognizes the value of enhancing our services through the contributions of a diverse workforce. We strive to grow in our understanding and empowerment of others, and welcome applications that increase our ability to recruit and retain teams that are representative of the communities we serve. This position is open to male and female applicants and requires union membership.

Qualifications: Education, Training & Experience

Diploma in Addictions, Mental Health, Social Services, or Human Services
Two (2) years of recent related experience
Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
First Aid Level 1 required
Skills & Abilities:

A working knowledge of various mental health disorders, brain injuries, homelessness, and substance use
Knowledge, appreciation, awareness, and sensitivity of Indigenous history and culture.
A thorough knowledge of the complexities of working with diverse populations.
Has an awareness of own attitudes, beliefs, biases, and assumptions about others.
Ability to recognize and manage one’s own behaviors, moods, and impulses to create an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming environment.
Ability to tolerate stress and deal with a wide range of medical, mental health, behavioral and emotional challenges, and barriers.
Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
Excellent decision-making, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills when working independently and during a crisis.
Ability to maintain professional boundaries with both clients and colleagues
Key Responsibilities:

1. Working collaboratively with the clinical team to assess, develop and implement clinical treatment plans and safety plans.

2. Engaging participants using a trauma-informed, person-centered approach to support emotional, social, physical, and mental health growth and stability through individual interactions and skill building, facilitation of group activities and meetings, conflict mediation, and crisis intervention.

3. Work in collaboration with the clinical team to work within a harm reduction model of care for participants which includes providing support and skill building for safe use and community survival skills.

4. Assist participants with personal care, which may include person(s) with diverse abilities and personal care associated with substance use, mental health, and long-term homelessness.

5. Respond to sudden changes and sometimes volatile behaviors that may be a result of mental health or substance use, using non-violent crisis intervention and trauma-informed de-escalation strategies. This may also include overdoes responses.

6. Administer, store, and dispose of medication; support participants to make and attend appointments which may include transportation; provide one-to-one life skills support and training.

7. Facilitate group activities, house meetings, and life skills groups

Active Care Youth and Adult Services recognizes the importance of effecting change and fostering a culture of accessibility and inclusion. Accommodations for interviews are available upon request by emailing Recruitment at [email protected]

Job Type: Casual

Salary: From $30.75 per hour


Casual dress
Dental care
Employee assistance program
Extended health care
Life insurance
Paid time off
Vision care

12 hour shift
Day shift
Night shift
Supplemental pay types:

Overtime pay

AEC / DEP or Skilled Trade Certificate (preferred)

Support Worker: 2 years (Required)

BC Class 5 Driver's License (Required)
Work Location: In person

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Name:ActiveCare Services
Location:Kelowna, British Columbia
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Post Date:Jun 10, 2024
Exp. Date:Jul 10, 2024
Listing Type:Private
Ad Number:4996935