Bilingual Peer Support Worker (Residential)
NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action - Greater Sudbury, ON

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Under the direction of the NISA Programs & Operations Manager and in conjunction with the Canadian Mental Health Association-Sudbury/Manitoulin (CMHA) as outlined in the Contract Services Agreement, the Bilingual Peer Support Worker (Residential) provides a peer-based supported model to individuals residing in supportive residential housing. The Peer Support Worker will provide recovery oriented assistance in the residence with skill building related to activities of daily living (ADL), life skills, building relationships, homemaking and experiential learning.


Provides support to individuals to assist in their recovery:

Providing assistance and support with individuals in activities of daily living
*Assisting individuals with needs identified in their care plan and ensuring it is delivered in a safe, timely and effective manner
*Recognizing and respecting recovery based philosophy including individual’s right to self-determination and autonomy
*Providing regular updates to all staff involved in the home on individuals and service operations

Assists in the daily functions of the shared living home:

*Providing orientation to individuals
*Assisting individuals with their nutritional needs
*Ensuring individuals participate in household expectations
*Ensuring house rules and regulations are followed.

Develops and maintains effective relations between staff and individuals residing in the home:

*Maintaining awareness of individuals progress by reviewing files and other related documentation
*Participating in house meetings, communication building and conflict resolution as required

Develops educational programs relevant to individual’s living in the home:

*Organizing and conducting skill training with individuals
*Evaluating and recording effectiveness of activities and sessions
*Developing and planning of in house and community presentations
*Providing community resources

Routinely monitors individual’s health:

*Documenting and reporting any health related concerns identified by the individual
*Responding immediately to any urgent health issues
*Assists in meeting the objectives of the care/wellness plans
*Administering medication and first aid as required
*Providing support to individuals in achieving goals, particularly in the areas of basic life skills, social interactions, coping with mental illness, symptom management , medication education, monitoring progress and providing support when problems or crisis arise
*Participating in the evaluation of program goals and objectives and making recommendations on changes to current program activities for improved service delivery

Ensures all file management and reporting functions are maintained in a comprehensive and timely manner:

*Ensuring individual’s contacts are recorded appropriately and in a timely manner utilizing CRMS database program
*Ensuring individual’s OCAN is up to date
*Ensuring staff activities summaries are completed
*Ensuring Individuals emergency contact information is updated
*Ensuring that monthly, annual and other required reporting documentation are completed

Maintains up-to-date knowledge of the Mental Health act and related legislation, the structure and personnel of local social agencies, government departments and trends and developments in the community that could affect the provision of mental health services

Represents program and agency in a professional manner

Avails self of opportunities for professional development:

*Bringing forward training needs and takes responsibility for seeking out relevant training opportunities

*Participates in workshops and seminars as required
*Attending and participating in Agency and program meetings as required
*Participates in the performance review process

Works within the Policies and Procedures of the home and as staff of NISA


*Carrying out all duties of the Peer Support Worker Residential Position in a moral and ethical manner
*Being present at the scheduled time of the day ready for the performance of duties
*Being ready emotionally and physically to perform duties
*Be available to work varying shift times


*Lived experience within the mental health system
*Familiar with the goals and objectives of NISA and CMHA
*Have working knowledge of mental health service agencies, including consumer/survivor organizations in Ontario
*A diploma, degree or Canadian equivalent in health or a related discipline, and/or a minimum of two years’ experience working in the social services or program planning is preferred
*Completion of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and other Peer Support training is preferred
*Completion of Standard First Aid with CPR, WHMIS, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Workplace Accessibility and Prevention of Violence and Harassment in the Workplace Training is preferred.
*Computer experience, including an ability to use Word, Excel, Publisher and email/internet technologies
*Written and verbal proficiency in both official languages is essential.

The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of duties, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas. This position is currently under review and may be subject to change.

NISA is an organization run by and for consumers of mental health services. We develop occupational skills, nurture self-confidence and provide resources for recovery, by creating opportunities for participants to contribute to their own well-being and that of their community. NISA is strongly committed to employment equity within its organization. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, including women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities, persons with disabilities and members of sexual minority groups. Members of these designated groups are encouraged to self-identify.


How to apply:

Please send an email enquiry to Karen Sabet at email below. You will be forwarded an application package. Please follow the directions clearly and return completed application to Karen via email or in person to 105 Elm St. unit E4 by the deadline date. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

DEADLINE: July 12th, 2013, 4pm