Community Mental Health Worker
Maple Ridge - British Columbia (BC),
Coast Mental Health
Estimated salary $33.82 an hour
Coast Mental Health (Coast) is one of the largest mental health non-profit societies in Canada, and operates a large array of innovative housing and community based rehabilitation services for people with a mental illness living in and around Vancouver. Coast operates in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia providing approximately 1000 people with supportive housing and 4000 clients living in the community with a wide variety of programs and services.
Coast fosters a client-driven, recovery-oriented environment that promotes restoring health, personal growth and a return to society for individuals with a mental illness through advocacy and providing direct programs and services.
Under the direction of the Program Manager the Community Mental Health Worker is responsible for the day to day running of the support and advocacy services, social, recreational, volunteer and food programs as well as the ensuring safety and welfare of participants in program by use of the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation practices and in line with the mission, objectives and policies of Coast Mental Health.
1. Develops and implements client programs that engage the clients and help build life skills
2. Identifies appropriate links into community programs and services and supports clients in gaining access and increasing independence
3. Teaches and models life skills and strategies necessary for self care, independent living and interaction with outside social agencies.
4. Applies a range of effective communications strategies such as role modelling to establish a collaborative rapport with the clients.
5. Provides the support and information necessary to help clients build self-esteem and develop decision-making skills
6. Observes and records the physical and mental health status of clients and takes supportive action. Advocates for and with the clients to encourage them to maintain their rights and dignity.
7. Works with clients, peers, supervisors, other agencies and relatives in a cooperative and professional manner.
8. Develops individualized goals through the Recovery Star method for clients involving, where appropriate, family, friends and community resources.
9. Uses formal and informal assessment practices such as interviews to develop individual plans identifying the client’s areas of interest and need.
10. May distribute medications safely in accordance with medication policies and procedures.
11. Reports and addresses health and safety issues/concerns as they arise.
12. Performs administrative tasks, including record management, as required or assigned.
13. May be asked to direct students and volunteers.
14. Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Diploma in Community Social Service
- Knowledge of housing issues local and community resources
- Firm understanding of harm reduction approach and its implementation in a community based setting.
- Demonstrated ability in crisis de-escalation skills applied in a team setting
- Demonstrated ability to work with individuals who are marginalized, under served and who may be at risk of homelessness or homeless.
- Demonstrated ability working with individuals living with substance misuse issues and or an untreated mental illness.
- Understanding of a trauma informed approach
- Knowledge of psychosocial rehabilitation practices
- Knowledge of program policy and procedures
- Knowledge and proficiency in relevant software
- Ability to work with clients living with mental illness
- A good understanding of the issues related to meeting basic needs of food, clothing, shelter.
- Ability to work effectively independently and in cooperation with others.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
- Ability to observe and recognize changes in clients.
- Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups.
- Some knowledge of the criminal justice system
- We believe in the person, not the disease
- We operate client-centered care under the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation
- There is a variety of work within a particular position and within the organization
- We strive to be the best that we can be
- We hold Exemplary Status accreditation through Accreditation Canada
- We have won numerous awards for our innovative programming
- We care about our employees, and believe in living our values and culture throughout the organization
***Employees of Coast must apply within seven days of the posting date with their internal account (Coast email address registered) to be considered as an internal applicant. Current Coast employees who apply to this posting using external accounts or after the 7 day deadline will be considered as external candidates. Seniority will not apply.***
Coast Mental Health is committed to creating a culture of diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or disability.