Mobile Outreach Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor

Full Time
Sioux Lookout ON
3 days
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Job Summary:

Nodin Mental Health Services has joined a collaborative project administered by Northwestern Health Unit Sioux Lookout. The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU), Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) and Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch (CMHA) will be working together on a Crisis Response and Harm Reduction Mobile Outreach Team for Sioux Lookout. Project duration: 2020-2024.

The Crisis Response and Harm Reduction Mobile Outreach Team is a client-focused program that efficiently connects healthcare professionals with individuals having complex needs who are unable to access or navigate the healthcare system via traditional streams. The goals of the team include collaboration amongst local and regional services providers for timely access to services, enhancing access to primary care, harm reduction and crisis response for those living with substance abuse and mental health issues in Sioux Lookout, and reducing the number of incidents that result in emergency department visits and criminal charges. Outreach allows for the team to meet individuals where they are at and help them access appropriate services.

The team consists of nurses, 2-Nodin Counsellors, and a physician to increase capacity around crisis response, harm reduction and case management. The project also supports an after-hours call-in/text line managed by Nahnahda-Wee-ee-Waywin that provides 24/7 crisis intervention services to individuals in local and remote communities. Currently, hours of work are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30, however flexibility to work a variety of shifts may be required as the client/partner needs may change as the project develops.

Nodin Mental Health Services is the mental health department of Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority. See SLFNHA’s website for more detail on each of Nodin’s services.

Salary Range $61,228 to 78,804 per annum

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

Applicants must possess:

  • Minimum level of education required is equivalent to high school graduation and completion of a diploma training program (e.g. specific to mental health and social services, addiction counselling diploma or equivalent education) at a recognized college
  • Registration with a recognized professional body and/or to become registered within a year of commencing employment
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working with individuals with concurrent disorders is required
  • Valid G level driver’s license required
  • Must be able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Self-starter to work independently with initiative, problem solving capability and highly adaptable
  • Counselling experience using different talking therapies (e.g. cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational counselling)
  • Preferred training in substance abuse/addiction, assessing risk of suicide, suicide intervention, trauma informed care, substance abuse/addiction, intergenerational trauma, grief, self-harm, cultural competency, psychiatric disorders etc.
  • Can approach work holistically using a wellness model which highlights and encourages client’s strengths
  • Strong set of interpersonal skills to establish and maintain rapport effectively with clients and partners
  • Must have experience assessing high risk clients and responding appropriately
  • Practice from a harm reduction philosophy
  • Experience providing services in a mental health trauma informed care environment
  • Must be knowledgeable and follow mandatory reporting requirements
  • Professional integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality is essential
  • Must support and adhere to organizational policies, procedures, philosophy and mission
  • Must follow standard clinical operating procedures
  • Must have excellent time management skills to effectively maintain a busy schedule
  • Proficient in typing and competent in the use of computers
  • Must be able to use an electronic medical record
  • Must complete all client documentation requirements
  • Written accuracy and strong attention to detail is required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Support system and self-care strategies in place to maintain own wellbeing
  • Knowledge of the people, culture and mental health priorities of First Nations communities in the Sioux Lookout region
  • Previous experience working with First Nations communities is an asset
  • Ability to communicate in one or more of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout region will be an asset
  • Extensive knowledge of community resources or a willingness to learn
  • Willing and able to adapt to different hours of work, depending on project needs

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assess mental health and provide counselling sessions as necessary
  • Assess the level, pattern, and dynamics of alcohol /drug use by an individual, as well as the overall functioning including social systems, general health, and psycho/social status
  • Provide counselling using a harm-reduction approach
  • Assess risk factors, clinical management of risk, stabilization, development of safety plans
  • Guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems
  • Help clients identify their stage of change and goals for brief service
  • Focus interactions and sessions on harm reduction, modification of behaviours, maintenance of change, or better management of conditions
  • Evaluate client’s progress on a regular basis and adjust interventions as necessary
  • Coordinate care, collaborate and refer to community/regional resources or specialists
  • Psychoeducation (e.g. coping strategies, management of mental health issue, relation between substance abuse and trauma, effects of alcohol/drugs, regulation of emotions without reliance on substances or self-harm behaviours, management of triggers)
  • Maintain working knowledge of other alcohol and drug treatment agencies and programs
  • Assist with completion of applications and assessment tools required by in-patient programs
  • Link to community based resources who can take over the facilitation of in-patient treatment referrals once a client returns home and/or can provide aftercare counselling
  • Prepare individualized service plans to reflect client goals and help clients work towards their goals
  • On-going research to become very knowledgeable on all available resources in-communities and regionally
  • Coordination, linking and referring to other resources (e.g. First Nations community-based services, regional services, specialists)
  • Work with Nodin’s other services, other SLFNHA departments, and external agencies to ensure clients receive other services if required
  • Arrange and participate in case conferences as necessary
  • Communicate summary of treatment, recommendations and plan to relevant providers to ensure there is integration of services and continuity of care
  • Maintain timely, detailed and accurate records in electronic client management system
  • Perform other related duties as required

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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