Indigenous Peer Assistant/Worker, Foundry

REQ: 
PHC22-135316
Work Area: 
Foundry Vancouver Granville clinic
Base Site: 
ICY Clinic Granville Street
City: 
Vancouver
Status: 
Regular Part Time
FTE: 
0.50
Wage: 
$23.27-25.45
Job Category: 
Support Services
Category: 
Community
Mental Health
Hours: 
1100-1600
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

Summary
Reporting to the Patient Resident Care Manager, Foundry Vancouver Granville, the Indigenous Peer Support Assistant works as part of an interprofessional team providing services to Indigenous youth and young adults with mental health and addiction issues. Acts as an Indigenous peer-representative and shares own consumer knowledge to ensure the program is developed from an Indigenous youth/lived experience perspective and provides cultural guidance as required. Working collaboratively with interprofessional team members, the position facilitates Indigenous peer support meetings and cultural activities such as Talking Circles, spiritual ceremonies, land based learning ensuring an inviting environment is created where cultural activities are recognized and accepted. Provides support to Indigenous clients in the development and maintenance of life skills, assists clients with the activities of daily living, and promotes client participation in programs. Encourages clients to become involved in their own Indigenous heritage. Conducts offsite outreach through direct in-person, phone and online outreach activities. Fosters the development of relationships based on cultural respect with clients and role models appropriate behaviours. Observes, documents, and reports on Indigenous client participation levels. Assists with the arrangement of venues, materials and supplies for cultural activities. Participates in relevant meetings and committees as required.

Skills

Knowledge of the social, emotional, health and justice-related issues encountered by the Indigenous population, with particular knowledge of Indigenous community issues and of issues and experiences of Indigenous clients.
Broad knowledge of Indigenous healing modalities.
Broad knowledge of Indigenous cultures.
Demonstrated ability to understand and display empathy with Indigenous clients who have experienced violence.
Demonstrated ability to actively support Indigenous clients through to emotionally positive resolution and/or development of successful coping strategies.
Broad understanding of and ability to work from a harm reduction perspective.
Demonstrated ability to role model positive relationships with Indigenous clients.
Ability to develop, organize, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate individual and group activities.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
Ability to work independently and in cooperation with others.
Ability to operate related equipment.
Ability to organize and prioritize.
Ability to establish and maintain rapport with Indigenous clients.
Ability to observe and recognize changes in Indigenous clients.
Knowledge of, and ability to do, various arts and crafts, handicrafts, and sports activities.
Ability to analyze and resolve problems.

Education

Grade 12, plus two (2) years recent, related experience working with Indigenous clients and their families including Indigenous youth and young adults with mental health and addiction issues, crisis management, conducting and teaching cultural humility, cultural safety and cultural competence or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Duties

Works with interprofessional team members, to meet pre-established goals and objectives and facilitates recovery based healing modalities, Indigenous peer support meetings and cultural activities such as Talking Circles, spiritual ceremonies, land based learning depending on the needs of the Indigenous client.
Assists and engages Indigenous peer group program to meet pre-established goals and objectives and provide Indigenous cultural peer-based support and guidance to Indigenous clients in exploration of skill building, empowerment and spiritual and cultural community development approaches. Acts as an Indigenous peer-representative and shares own consumer knowledge to ensure the program is developed from an Indigenous youth/lived experience perspective.
Participates in the provision of Indigenous services to Indigenous clients related to the development and maintenance of life skills; establishes rapport and builds relationships with clients based on cultural respect and promotes clients to manage behaviours and self-care. Demonstrates and models appropriate behaviours and provides support in problem-solving and decision-making.
Assists Indigenous clients with the activities of daily living including, time management, organization and interpersonal communication. Escorts clients to medical, dental, social and cultural appointments and leads/participates in cultural activities to promote skills development and mental health and addictions recovery and relapse prevention.
Assists with planning, coordinates and/or participates in recreational, cultural and social activities designed to meet the needs of Indigenous clients, provides support to aid with reducing client’s distress, improves/maintains functioning, enables independence and active participation in planned activities.
Arranges culturally appropriate group activities by scheduling session times, booking venues, arranging speakers, client transportation, food and refreshments, and acquiring materials.
Connects Indigenous client to Indigenous services and/ or community resources. Supports access and accompaniment to resources as needed to facilitate connection and integration with resources.
Facilitates the Indigenous SMART Recovery discussion groups. Provides assistance and support for participants through the recovery process from all types of addiction and addictive behaviours.
Fosters the development of relationships based on cultural respect with Indigenous clients, friends and allies by encouraging informed decision-making and helps to create a non-judgmental environment by sharing experiences and insight. Encourages and supports clients to become active and involved in their own Indigenous heritage and culture and their community’s health.
Observes Indigenous clients and their environments, and reports unsafe conditions and behavioural, physical, and/or cognitive changes to appropriate clinical personnel.
Conducts outreach off site at community services and/or other facilities with varying environments (e.g. drop-in centres, shelters, non-profit residences, private SROs, health care facilities, public spaces in inner city setting) using approved transportation options. Outreach activities will also include phone and internet-based communication (e.g. e-mail, online forums).
Creates an inviting environment where cultural activities are recognized and accepted. Promotes Indigenous client participation in cultural activities, acts as a role model and encourages participation, and provides feedback regarding the performance and progress of clients.
Completes and maintains related records and documentation such as statistics, progress reports, activity plans, and Indigenous client activity profiles.
Promotes Foundry Vancouver Granville Indigenous peer support programs by providing cultural activity information to Indigenous clients, the public, and healthcare professionals. Advocates for client and program goals.
Provides cultural guidance to the Foundry Vancouver Granville Indigenous peer support programs. Advised of spiritual practices and cultural activities in support the Foundry Vancouver Granville Indigenous initiatives.
Participates in team meetings, case conferences and organizational initiatives as required.
Performs other related duties as required.