as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
Reporting to the team leader or designate, the Harm Reduction and Positive Outreach Worker provides supports the delivery of harm reduction services including providing onsite and mobile harm reduction supplies, supporting access to primary health care, mental health and substance, public health and other appropriate services for clients who live with HIV / AIDS, HCV or who have high risk in relation to the same.
Works collaboratively with Island Health, primary care providers and community partners to deliver care to persons who often experience social and economic marginalization including population of individuals with substance use / addiction issues with or without a mental illness that have experienced significant challenges related to poverty and homelessness as well as limited access or engagement in with the traditional system of care.
This position requires knowledge of and active use of practice approaches including : harm reduction, trauma informed practice, Indigenous cultural safety and stages of change.
Education, Training And Experience
Post-secondary certification in addiction counselling or equivalent plus two years' recent related experience. Working knowledge of chemical dependency.
Basic knowledge of community resources. Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Certification in First Aid and CPR (level C).
Valid Class 5 BC Driver's License. Participation in Provincial Violence Training within first three months of employment.
Foodsafe Certification required for Supportive Housing and Housing and Residential positions.
A diploma in community social services will be considered in combination of working experience with this population
Transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of the Vancouver Island Health Authority in accordance with the service assignment and may require the use of a personal vehicle.
A minimum of two years recent related experience working with persons with substance use and / or mental health including teaching life skills, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Skills And Abilities