Become part of the ADAPT team; the team that makes a difference, supports its employees in their career development and creates a positive environment to work in.
POSITION: Peer Support Worker
This position will be classified as a permanent 1.0FTE; some evening hours required; some weekend hours may be required
LOCATION: remote and in person (presence/ service delivery throughout Halton Region)
WHAT'S THERE FOR YOU?
You will work with a fun, cooperative and diverse team. This group will provide you many opportunities to learn from other professions and enhance your skills and abilities when providing services to your clients. It's an extremely interesting and unique role, with excellent work-life balance.
SUMMARY: The key role of Peer Support Worker is to support individuals affected by alcohol, drug use and/or those concerned about the use of a friend and/or family member. A critical focus for the work of the peer support worker is to foster hope and assist individuals in establishing their goals and working through their treatment plan. This role involves working with a young population, up to the age of 24, with the possibility of supporting adult population.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Act as a role model in self-care and self-awareness;
- Conduct individual support meetings with clients;
- Co-facilitate education and support groups;
- Work closely with both ADAPT clinical staff and community service partners to ensure comprehensive service to clients;
- Work with ADAPT clinical staff to coordinate care plans;
- Accompany clients to relevant appointments and/or recreational and therapeutic activities in the community;
- Participate in team and staff meetings, supervision and training activities;
- Facilitate linkages for clients to other community resources;
- Serve as a role model for clients in both individual and group settings;
- Assist in program development discussions and activities;
- Maintain accurate, current records of activities with clients as per case recording standards;
- Participate in the Peer Support Worker network meetings and activities;
- Participate in activities to promote community awareness and knowledge of ADAPT programs and services, as well as those activities promoting this new initiative.
- Post-secondary education;
- Training in Peer Support Work (Ex. Core Skills SHH/TEACH, Core Essentials OPDI);
- Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience;
- Personal experience with substance use/ addictions concerns with or without mental health concerns, and active in your recovery journey;
- Demonstrated period of stable abstinence (minimum 2 years);
REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
- Knowledge of alcohol and/or drug use; an appreciation for and knowledge of mental health issues and their co-existence with substance use;
- Knowledge/familiarity of the mental health, addiction and social service systems;
- Understanding of the rights of people using healthcare services, specifically in mental health and substance use/addictions;
- A willingness to share with others what you have learned in your recovery to inspire hope;
- A willingness to work with a diverse group of clientele (young adults, youth, adults and/ or family members);
- Respectful and aware of client-worker boundaries;
- Comfort with both the harm reduction and abstinence based approaches to addiction treatment;
- Cultural knowledge of key populations in Halton Region that will be served to address disparities in specific services;
- Ability to communicate and effectively interact with people across cultures, ranges of ability, genders, ethnicities, and races;
- Basic knowledge of the history of discrimination in America, particularly as it relates to race and racism, and how this history has led to disparities experienced by marginalized communities such as BIPOC, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ communities, and others;
- Knowledge of French language an asset;
- Must undergo police clearance check;
- Ability to communicate effectively with clients, the community and employees at all levels within the organization;
- Strong active listening skills;
- Interpersonal skills that require an attention to detail and rapport building with clients and colleagues;
- Excellent people skills – open mindedness, a non-judgmental approach to support and encouragement, an ability to empathize;
- Ability to deal effectively with ‘people’ and administrative challenges;
- Ability to exercise sound judgement and apply understanding, based on experience, to carry out instructions given in written or oral form;
- Ability to analyze, prioritize and resolve problems involving a large number of abstract and concrete variables;
Other Soft Skills:
- Ability to: function independently, maintain effective working relationships with others, work effectively under pressure or deadlines and work outside regular office hours as required, use good judgement to make sound decision;
- Experienced sense and awareness of ethical boundaries, confidentiality and clinical reporting obligations;
- Good organizational skills;
- Flexible and adaptable;
- Detail oriented;
- Able to work effectively during periods of stress;
- Active time management and scheduling;
- Comfortable with working on an outreach basis;
- Open to learning new knowledge and skill development to enhance one’s ability;
- Proficiency with computer programs and electronic database(s);
- Knowledge of Catalyst an asset;
- Ability to learn and adapt to new computer software and applications;
Work conditions depend on the ADAPT model of operations, and may, but do not have to, include a combination of remote and in-person work arrangement
- Working remotely from home-office
- Working in a busy office environment with frequent interruptions;
- Community (throughout Halton region): public places, partners’ facilities and clients’ homes;
- Flexible hours, including evenings;
- Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.
- Various physical actions of mobility are required (minimal lifting, sitting for periods of time, moderate wrist motions).
To successfully fulfill duties of the role, current valid driver's licence and regular access to a dependable vehicle is required
ADAPT (Halton Alcohol Drug and Gambling Assessment Prevention and Treatment Services) is one of the largest and most diversified treatment agencies in Ontario. We offer a full spectrum of services to clients experiencing concerns with addictions, mental health or concurrent disorders, as well as to their families and loved ones.
At ADAPT we are committed to building a warm, inclusive, and diverse environment. We believe that our employees are our greatest asset; that they will do their best work when they feel supported and empowered. That is why we offer an attractive compensation and benefits package.
You may be a great candidate even if you don’t have everything listed above. We believe in growth and curiosity. If you have some of these qualities and believe this is the position that will make you excited, then we want to hear from you!
At ADAPT, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.
ADAPT seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).
We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
All new hires must be fully compliant with our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy as a condition of employment with ADAPT. Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a documented medical exemption as part of the hiring process.
In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code, ADAPT will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your accommodation needs to ensure your equal participation.
All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
We thank all those who apply but only those individuals selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Job Types: Permanent, Full-time
- Casual dress
- Company events
- Dental care
- Disability insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Extended health care
- Flexible schedule
- Life insurance
- On-site parking
- Paid time off
- RRSP match
- Vision care
- Wellness program
- 8 hour shift
- Day shift
- Evening shift
- Monday to Friday
Work Location: In person