Peer Supporter

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Stella's Place
  • Healthcare: Mental Health, Psychiatry, Psychology, Clinical Therapy
Contract - Part Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-03-072019-03-21

STELLA’S PLACE

JOB POSTING

PEER SUPPORTER (part-time)

 

Posting Start Date: March 7, 2019

Posting End Date: March 21, 2019

 

Stella’s Place is a community-based, integrated peer and clinical mental health service for young adults (16-29 years).  Every program at Stella’s Place has been co-designed by young adults and content experts.  At Stella’s Place, there are a range of Peer Support roles, including on-line, at the Stella’s Place site, and in other locations in the community. The presence of Peer Supporters at Stella’s Place is critical to being able to respond to the needs of young adults who walk-in, who are part of the community, or who are involved in programs.

Peer Supporters at Stella’s Place help create a welcoming community, engage and support young adults in wellness and recovery-focused activities, and provide support, information, navigation, and assistance in accessing resources.  Peer Supporters work independently as well as with a multi-disciplinary team including psychiatrists, clinicians, and other peer supporters.

 

SUMMARY

Stella’s Place is currently looking to hire two part-time One on One Peer Supporters.  The One on One Peer Supporter will be expected to meet one on one with participants coping with various mental health challenges, and will be expected to draw upon their personal lived experience of mental health challenges in order to effectively provide intentional peer support to participants of this program.  This individual will be expected to operate from a strengths-based, holistic, and trauma-informed perspective. The One on One Peer Supporter will be expected to operate within the guiding values and principles of peer support as outlined by Stella’s Place (based on the Mental Health Commission of Canada). The individual within this role will be working to support the goals that participants have outlined for themselves and will draw from their lived experience as a means of inspiring hope, fostering self-determination, and exploring coping strategies and resources available to the participant.  The One on One Peer Supporter will be expected to provide structured appointments to participants who have gained access to the service through the appropriate channels. This individual will be expected to complete all appropriate documentation procedures for participant interactions and will be expected to engage in regular supervision with the Peer Initiatives Manager.

This service aims to support participants coping with various experiences of mental health challenges, who are interested in receiving one-to-one support that is based on the shared lived experience perspective.  It is expected that participants accessing this service will experience reduced feelings of social isolation, reduced experiences of hospitalization, increased feelings of empowerment, increased resiliency and increased access to community resources.  

Supervision and support for this position will be provided by the Peer Initiatives Manager.  

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

One on One Peer Support responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Appointment Preparation, Facilitation and Follow Up

  • Greet, engage and intentionally support participants within the 45 minute one-to-one session
  • Draw from personal experiences as a means of supporting the goals outlined by participants
  • Utilize a young adult-directed recovery approach along with culturally-responsive, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive approaches to ensure success for diverse populations
  • Collaborate with young adults, clinicians, psychiatrist, peer support workers and other staff to support comprehensive program development and participant support
  • Ensure accommodations for participants with self-identified needs
  • Offer support to young adults accessing the space, using skills such as active listening, validation, and resource sharing
  • Support evaluation of the service through collection of data and occasional data entry
  • Support young adults who are engaged in the service when they are experiencing distress

Organizational Support

  • Maintain required documentation using strength-based, recovery-focused language related to appointment documentation, and incident reporting in a timely manner
  • Organize participant feedback for use in ongoing program development and quality improvement
  • Contribute to the development of programming with community partners, staff, young adults, and peers
  • Attend Community of Practice and Staff Meetings as required.
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the executive director, and/or her designate

 

QUALIFICATIONS

To be considered for a One on One Peer Support position at Stella’s Place, you must have:

  • Lived experience of mental health challenges
  • Prior experience working with a diverse team
  • Experience with group facilitation and/or one to one support  
  • Experience responding to individuals experiencing distress
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to engage and motivate others
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with social media (texting; chat) and Google Suite applications (Google Docs, Sheets, Google Slides); use of online platforms for document sharing
  • Demonstrated experience of positive participation in team or committee work
  • Demonstrated organizational skills; ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Understanding of the impact of oppression and social determinants of health; demonstrated commitment to engagement of diverse communities
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in critical reflective practice and respond to feedback
  • A commitment to on-going learning 

In addition, the following would be considered assets:

  • Peer Support training/experience (either from Stella's Place, or elsewhere) 
  • Knowledge of youth and young adult mental health services and recreational resources.
  • Experience with group facilitation such as WRAP, Pathways, Peer Zone, GAM
  • First Aid, NVCI/UMAB CPR C and ASIST training are assets
  • Volunteer or paid work in a social or community service

 

HOURS

This is a part time position.  To be considered for this position, you must have scheduling flexibility – i.e., availability during daytime, weekend and/or evening hours.  A minimum of one evening shift will be required for this role.

 

REPORTING

You will report to the Peer Initiatives Manager. Regular communication, coaching, mentoring, personal and professional development, and evaluation will take place with the Peer Initiatives Manager.

 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND ACCOMMODATION

Stella’s Place is committed to having a workforce that is reflective of the diversity of the broader Toronto community in general and of our participants. We strongly encourage applications from: racialized persons, indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, and all those who can provide different perspectives and contribute to the diverse Stella’s Place community. Stella’s Place is committed to hiring practices that are inclusive and barrier free. Stella’s Place will provide reasonable and appropriate accommodation during all stages of the hiring process in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code in order to ensure the equal and fair assessment of all job applicants. Applicants are asked to make any accommodation request in advance. We thank all candidates for their interest. We regret that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

 

YOUR APPLICATION

Please apply through Charity Village by submitting your resume and a cover letter with your application summarizing your qualifications (knowledge, experience, assets) and telling us why you would be a good fit for the position of One on One Peer Supporter at Stella’s Place.

 

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