Aboriginal Support Worker
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Port Hardy Mental Health Granville Port Hardy, BC, CA
1d ago
  • In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health), patient and staff safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone;
  • as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

    Reporting to the Coordinator, as a member of a multidisciplinary team, the Aboriginal Support Worker provides life skills training, coaching, advocacy, advice, and support services for clients experiencing severe substance use which could include mental health concerns, behavioural, and developmental problems and to their caregivers / families, in accordance with an established plan of treatment / care.

    Motivates, assists, and instructs clients with the activities of daily living, reports clients progress and condition, including reactions to medications.


    Education, Training And Experience

    Diploma in Community Social Services, e.g. Mental Health Worker, Community Health Worker, Resident Care Attendant / Long Term Care Aide, or Social Services Worker including post-secondary education in counselling skills training.

    Minimum two years recent related experience working with Aboriginal community and resources.

    Knowledge of legislation such as the Mental Health Act and the Guardianship Act. Knowledge of available programs, their interrelationships, and their function in delivering care in the community.

    Extensive understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal health issues, protocols and health needs, including the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the client and community.

    Extensive knowledge of Aboriginal community and resources, ideally those on Vancouver Island. Strong knowledge of harm reduction philosophy and practice, as well as HIV, HCV and related issues.

    Current Level C Basic Life Saving Certificate. Valid Class 5 vehicle license.

    Skills And Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with others effectively.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize client demands made and care needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to practice from a harm reduction approach.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and nurture an environment of quality, trauma informed and culturally safe care.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to teach life skills.
  • Sound judgment and good observation skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate an appropriate level of initiative and independence.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to promote positive change and independence.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver culturally sensitive services to Aboriginal populations.
  • Ability to maintain a focused and differentiated approach while addressing challenging situations or issues.
  • Physical and emotional ability to carry out the duties of the position.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Advocacy skills.
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