Location: London, Ontario Status: 1 x Full-time and 1 x Full-time contract (approximately 1-year with possibility of extension) Posting Date: October 12, 2018
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) is a diverse, dynamic, multiservice Indigenous health and wellness agency. We strive to provide quality, wholistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. SOAHAC provides services to Indigenous people including those who live on and off reserve, status, non-status, Inuit, and Metis within the Southwest and Erie St Clair regions. SOAHAC has a mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality, and are culturally appropriate. It is SOAHAC’s objective to build health care capacity within Indigenous communities. Currently, we are seeking the services of two (2) Mental Health &Addictions Counsellors to join our interdisciplinary staff team to work at our London site.
Reporting to the Integrated Care Manager, the Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor is responsible for providing effective and comprehensive assessments, counselling and case management for Indigenous people who are living with mental health and substance use issues. This role will be part of an interdisciplinary care team and will also be expected to work and partner with external service providers”
Minimal requirements for education, knowledge and experience:
MSW preferred; BSW or a Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline required
Post Graduate Addictions degree or diploma or equivalent experience preferred
Knowledge of FNIM Traditional Teachings, Culture, Values and History, including intergenerational trauma
Three to five years of experience working with the Indigenous community using a wholistic model to incorporate traditional beliefs, values and culture-based practices into the therapeutic work to promote wellness and healing
Three to five years of experience in working with mental health, including providing trauma informed care, and grief counselling, and
Three to five years of experience in working with substance and/or behavioural addictions, including: concurrent disorders, stages of change, motivational interviewing, harm reduction and relapse prevention
Knowledge of and ability to use structured screening, assessment, and treatment tools.
Experience in the delivery of both individual and group counseling using evidence informed approaches
Knowledge and understanding of services available to FNIM people in the London area and in nearby First Nation communities
Superior case management skills
Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Proficient time management, organizational and computer skills
Demonstrated communication skills, interpersonal skills, and professionalism.
Travel required to SOAHAC sites as necessary
Required to participate in Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, teachings and ceremonies.
Clean and current vulnerable sector police check
Valid government issued driver’s license and access to reliable vehicle
Provide or facilitate the provision of services through a culturally based framework
Complete screening and comprehensive assessments for issues related to mental health, substance and behavioural addictions
Facilitate individual and group counseling sessions focused improved health and wellness using evidence based therapeutic techniques
Coordinate access and referrals to local community resources
Collect, monitor and maintain detailed records on individuals and groups
Provide comprehensive and effective case management for participants
Consistently work in collaboration with SOAHAC’s Integrated team
Act as a subject matter expert and consultant to SOAHAC’s Integrated team
Perform ongoing evaluation and improvements to programing and client outcomes
Partner with community providers to deliver health and wellness activities as appropriate
Represent SOAHAC at community events
Provide outreach as required, i.e. attend home and/or hospital visits
This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre.
These positions are based on annual funding; one is full-time and one (1) is a full-time contract position @ 35 hours per week for approximately 1-year with a possibility of extension. Salary is competitive and subject to experience and funding. Comprehensive benefit and pension package included.
SOAHAC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer; however hiring preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants. SOAHAC is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, please advise Human Resources.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of 3 professional references (minimum two references from a supervisor or manager) to: