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Traditional Healer/Elder

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Author ahnationtalk
Date January 5, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Location Toronto, ON
Category Miscellaneous
Client Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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Traditional Healer/Elder
Aboriginal Services

Position Description:
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is currently seeking 2-3 Traditional Healers/Elders to support Aboriginal Services. Reporting to the Manager of Aboriginal Services and working as a member of an interdisciplinary team (including Social Workers, Physicians and Psychiatrists), you will provide traditional teachings, healing ceremonies and cultural support that will assist Aboriginal Services to provide culturally safe, appropriate and effective services to Aboriginal clients and patients with addiction and mental health issues.
The duties of this position include providing traditional teachings, spiritual counselling, and healing ceremonies for clients, patients, families, and staff. You will interact with diverse Aboriginal peoples and communities, including urban, remote and on-reserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and clients with a range of spiritual, emotional, mental and physical needs. You will assist the Aboriginal Services leadership in developing linkages with community resources relevant to the program mandate. You will work with the Aboriginal Services team to educate students and trainees about Aboriginal issues. You will support and participate in risk management, patient safety, and quality improvement activities departmentally and organization wide. Your duties will include providing case consultation to CAMH departments serving Aboriginal clients who request the services of a Traditional Healer/Elder. You may also be a resource to other CAMH programs, such as Clinical (Nicotine Dependence Clinic and Telepsychiatry), Research and the Provincial System Support Program. You may be required to speak at public events within CAMH and externally. You will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements. This position is located at 60 White Squirrel Way, but may include travel to other areas within Ontario.

This position requires the incumbent to be an Aboriginal person (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) and be a recognized Traditional Healer/Elder by an Aboriginal community. The successful candidate will have a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in providing cultural support to clients with mental health and addiction issues, along with demonstrated skills and experience in working within the Aboriginal healing movement. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated knowledge of how to apply Aboriginal healing practices in hospital settings. Ability to conduct ceremonies, which may include: Sweat Lodge, Full Moon, Ancestor Feasts, and other ceremonies that provide healing and support. Excellent organizational, communication skills (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, and a record of excellent collaborative skills are additional assets. Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team is also an asset, as are proven skills and experience working within a diverse workforce and communities. Bilingualism (English/French) and/or the ability to speak an Aboriginal language is considered an asset, as is the ability to use Microsoft Office applications and client data systems in the course of normal work duties.

Please Note: These casual positions are NOT part of any Bargaining Unit.

Salary Range: Competitive Salary & Benefits Package

Please apply via the following link:

Closing Date: February 04, 2017

CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

As an employment equity employer CAMH actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, (including people with who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.

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