Traditional Healer Program Manager Ref 2022 – 57

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Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authoriity

Job Summary:

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority Traditional Healing Program Manager will be a primary resource who provides coordination support for Traditional Healers to deliver Traditional Healing services to people in the Sioux Lookout area. The Traditional Healing Program Manager will coordinate activities that promote cultural awareness, healing and wellness for the organization and the people in the Sioux Lookout area. The Traditional Healing Program Manager will foster relationships with communities in the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority to identify community needs. The Traditional Healing Program Manager will be responsible for managing the Traditional Healing Program budget.

Persons of First Nations ancestry will be given preference (s.16 (1)CHRA)

Applicants must possess:

  • The minimum level of education acceptable is equivalent to completion of a university (bachelor) program in one of the core mental health disciplines (i.e. social work, psychology) preference will be given to education at a Masters level
  • Minimum 5 years of mental health counselling experience
  • Previous experience and training in traditional healing services is required
  • Ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects within the Sioux Lookout area
  • Demonstrated understanding of and competence in, serving culturally diverse populations; knowledgeable of First Nations’ people, history, culture, health priorities and social issues
  • Ability to travel to First Nation communities, travel will include small planes and ice roads
  • Demonstrated ability in building and maintaining relationships
  • Professional integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality/privacy
  • Self-motivated with a genuine desire to advocate and assist people
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing

Roles and Responsibilities:

Provides advice and support to Traditional Healers and SLFNHA staff who provide mental health and addictions services by;

  • Ensuring clear communications practices are in place
  • Regular ongoing staff debriefing sessions with elders
  • Provide effective problem solving and conflict resolution by utilizing traditional cultural ceremonies under the direction of a traditional person.
  • Providing ongoing coaching, advice and motivation
  • Promote cultural awareness, healing and wellness targeting the needs of communities and children, youth and families
  • Promote language to youth and children
  • Identify communities and members with long term unresolved grief and refer to relevant counselling services, including IRS Counsellors, traditional elders, etc.
  • Scheduling staff, contractors and consultants and coordinating community visits
  • Identifying and supporting professional development and training needs of staff
  • Administering, monitoring, and ensuring adherence to organizational policies and procedures.

Coordinate and administer Traditional Healer program budget by;

  • Monitoring work plans and operating budgets
  • Monitor budget variances
  • Monitor and ensure proper financial coding
  • Assist with the preparation and submission of funding requests and reports
  • Assist in the preparation of an annual budget as per health service goals and objectives
  • Develop/maintain relationships with varying stakeholders, agencies, Tribal Councils, Schools and Universities
  • Completion of monthly/quarterly and yearly caseload/activity reporting.
  • Collaborates with the Human Resources staff to recruit, interview, select, hire and employ staff.
  • Connect with Elders and/or traditional resource people to conduct ceremonies as appropriate to the needs of the community
  • Manage incoming referrals for Traditional Healing according to intake process, assigning clients/communities
  • Actively promotes the application of traditional Aboriginal teachings through team education
  • Model behaviour in a manner that serves as an example of positive cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, and actions
  • Ensuring that the programs and services provided by the Traditional Healing Team are culturally safe and culturally relevant. Contributing to a culturally sensitive perspective
  • Consult with elders, traditional persons, healers and medicine people concerning traditional medical practices and beliefs;
  • In collaboration with the SLFNHA Traditional Healers, will plan and organize community awareness of traditional beliefs and health practices, as requested by communities; families; other care providers.
  • Seek advice of elders, herbalists, spiritual healers and medicine people concerning the ongoing development of this initiative;
  • Provide other assistance, when required, and any other duties as assigned

As per policy, applicants should note that COVID-19 Immunization is a condition of employment within SLFNHA.

Closing Date: Open to Filled

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