POSITION TITLE: Peer Support Specialist
PROGRAM: Sechelt Hightide Modular Housing
SALARY: $26.42/hour (BCGEU grid 34) + $2.50/hour as a premium for night shifts.
TYPE: Permanent – Full-Time 1.0 FTE
SCHEDULE: Sunday-Tuesday, 3:30pm-11:30pm; Wednesday-Thursday 3:00pm-11:00pm, includes 30-minute unpaid meal break
START DATE: As soon as possible
To apply please include your resume, with a cover letter describing your suitability for this position, in an email with the subject line of “job2022.342” to: email@example.com
RainCity Housing is an organization that makes a difference in people’s lives. With a goal of providing a home for everyone, RainCity’s programs sustain relationships, strengthen communities and make change for people experiencing homelessness and mental health, trauma and substance use issues. We invite you to be a part of the change.
The focus of this role will be on supporting client populations who are most at-risk of experiencing stigma or re-traumatization in their experience with services provided, housing, healthcare, etc. including Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women, people who work in the sex trade, People with lived experience of mental illness, people with lived experience of homelessness, people with lived experience of substance use, people who are gender diverse and those identifying as LGBTQ2S. The ability to share these lived experiences as a practice to assist clients in navigating treatment is a requirement of this position.
The Peer Support Specialist (PSS) shares their own consumer knowledge and lived experience of mental illness / substance use to assist clients to live successfully in the community.
The PSS collaborates with the client and the staff team to determine appropriate care to meet individual needs and situational requirements.
The PSS Provides clients with education, support and advocacy from a lived experience perspective in order to assist clients in effectively obtaining service from the staff, external service providers and community resources.
The PSS Provides a variety of supports to assist clients living with mental illness / substance use such as emotional and social supports, life skills assistance, information, resources, and demonstrations.
The PSS also performs Support Worker duties to ensure that member’s self-identified goals for recovery and community integration are supported by appropriate services and practices, consistent with the values of self-determination/choice and harm reduction.
Many forms of education and experience are valued, including volunteering and lived experience of mental illness / addiction/ homelessness; Minimum education and experience includes:
- A Diploma in community social services
- Two years of recent, related work experience with an emphasis on mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services.
- Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
- 2+ years of relevant shared lived experience with the Sechelt Modular client population (*see Diversity) and the willingness to be identified in these areas as the basis of their work
- Current First Aid, CPR.
- Class 5 Drivers’ License preferred.
Key Skills and Abilities – for supporting people receiving our services
- Establish a dignifying and purposeful relationship with the client, contacting and getting to know the client as a unique individual, and clarifying the role of the PSS and client in the service planning process
- Ability to identify and work to increase client strengths, including the use of hope inducing strategies and assisting the client in self-managing their illness and other aspects of their life
- Informally teach harm reduction, life skills
- Respond to problematic behaviour using an understanding of the behaviour’s context and function
- Knowledge of the integrated concurrent disorders recovery model for working with chronically homeless individuals
- Knowledge of mental health diagnoses, medications, treatment and support resources
- Knowledge of the bio-psychosocial addictions model, including stages of change and harm reduction
- Knowledge of diagnoses, treatment and support resources in the areas of substance use, physical health, HIV and Hepatitis C
- Knowledge of the housing continuum, including supported housing systems and program models for special needs populations
- Demonstrates understanding of oppression and marginalization as related to chronically homeless individuals
- Ability to effectively and safely resolve crisis situations
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
- Ability to establish workload priorities, adjust to new or unexpected events, problem solve, and deal effectively with conflict situations
- Physical ability to perform the duties of the position
Peer Specific Key Skills and Abilities – for supporting people receiving our services
- Ability to be a role model to people recovering from a mental illness by sharing common life and rehabilitation experiences and practical information
- Provides individual and group support for clients re: empowerment, self-help education, practical information, resources, life skills, demonstrations
- Provide clients with education re: their consumer rights and grievance procedures within the team, RainCity Housing and with other community providers and services
- Perform related work as assigned