In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority), 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 Mental Health Support Worker provides life skills training, coaching, advocacy, advice, and support services for clients experiencing mental health, behavioral, 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. 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. Current Level C Basic Life Saving Certificate. Valid Class 5 vehicle license. Food Safe Certificate.A minimum of two years recent related experience working with persons with mental illness/ special needs including teaching life skills, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Skills And AbilitiesAbility 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. 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. Physical and emotion ability to carry out the duties of the position. Ability to operate related equipment. Advocacy skills.