Community Engagement Worker
Job Category: Health Services
Requisition Number: COMMU01246
Westbank, BC V4T 2H3, CAN
Located within the traditional unceded territory of the sylix people, Westbank First Nation is a progressive and prosperous self-governing First Nation. The Okanagan Valley truly has it all, including a great climate, stunning scenery, world-class ski resorts, golf courses, wineries and beaches.
Westbank First Nation values diversity and we are committed to creating a healthy, strong and vibrant community through programs and services that promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and healing. Come join our team and become part of an innovative and rewarding place to work.
Under the direction of the Clinical Care Supervisor the Community Engagement Worker provides short-term intervention and mental health supports to high risk populations. Utilizing a strengths-based, person-centered, harm reduction model, the Community Engagement Worker establishes connections and networks with an integrated team of professionals internal/ external to WFN. The primary goal is to establish engaging relationships with high risk populations in order to mitigate mental health and substance use issues. The Community Engagement Worker is part of an integrated health & wellness team addressing complex mental health and substance use issues within the WFN community.
Participates as a member of an integrated Health & Wellness Team
Completes Mental Health First Aid, Vulnerable Assessment Tool, Suicide Risk Assessment, Strengths-based Needs Assessment
Networks with programs & services internal/external to WFN
Engages clients to establish a strong therapeutic rapport
Transports clients to necessary mental health & medical appointments
Empowers clients to engage in their own crisis management and addictions recovery
Provides Psychoeducation to clients and their friends/ families
Engages clients to participate in their own crisis, treatment and recovery planning
Provides short-term support to client families and friends as appropriate
Develops and facilitates support groups and workshops relevant to current client needs
Gathers and provides resources & referrals re: substance use to clients and community members.
Liaises with Law Enforcement, RCMP, and other community-based supports as required
Participates in the development and delivery of community-based events
Facilitates weekly Sobriety/ Wellbriety Groups in the evening/ weekends
Models, encourages, and participates in cultural, recreational, and social programs that offer an alternative to addictive lifestyles
Utilizes evidence-based methods and best practices to: manage client crisis, develop strategies to assist clients to prevent further crisis, provide monitoring and support as they work through their crisis and recovery plans, and establish personal goals that move them toward recovery
Ensures service statistics are recorded, develops monthly program reports, and maintains all administrative duties as directed
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned, including participation in weekly team meetings or other organizational meetings
Performs all duties and responsibilities in accordance with Westbank First Nation policies, standards, and procedures and as directed
Maintains confidentiality on all matters relating to the affairs of Westbank First Nation
Human Services Diploma or equivalent required, Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or related field an asset
CPR/ First Aid required
Addictions/Concurrent Disorders certification is an asset
NVCI and ASIST training is an asset
Current valid Class 5 B.C. driver’s license and drivers abstract, and access to reliable transportation is required
Acceptable Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector search required
Minimum 3 years’ experience in addictions and mental health field
Experience with high risk populations and subsequent lifestyle issues
Experience working with First Nation’s community is an asset
Experience facilitating groups & workshops
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS
Demonstrated understanding of harm reduction model and motivational interviewing
Demonstrated understanding of concurrent disorders and treatment strategies
Ability to work independently and effectively within a multidisciplinary team
Demonstrated conflict management and resolution skills
Function well under pressure
Ability to work evenings/ weekends
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
Familiarity with traditional healing practices, customs, values and traditions of the Syilx/Okanagan people is an asset
Knowledgeable of intergenerational trauma and trauma-informed practice
A competitive starting salary rate, commensurate with appropriate experience is offered.
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