We Are Seeking a Peer Support Worker Corner Brook, Newfoundland – Channel

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A Peer Supporter position is available at Lifewise. Individuals coping with substance abuse and mental health challenges founded and run the sole non-profit organization in their province, Lifewise. Our goal is to provide those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders, as well as those who support them, with the tools they need to overcome these challenges and live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

This role will report directly to the Opioid Treatment Team (OTT), so please keep that in mind. The candidate’s location is not a concern because we have offices in Stephenville and Corner Brook. With Lifewise’s help, the OTT Teams will decide on the job’s responsibilities and schedule. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience working with various populations and will be able to effectively communicate with those who are dealing with complex mental health and addiction difficulties.

Peer Supporters provide direct assistance to others through a range of settings and methods, including public education, policy consultation, and peer support. The following places can be considered environments: Lifewise offices, clinical offices/teams, hospitals, shelters, companies, workplaces, communities, peers’ homes, and the streets. Possible modalities include group and individual online support as well as telephone and in-person assistance.

Tasks and Occupations

The individual in this role is expected to draw on their personal experiences while also following the protocols set out by organizations such as Peer Support, the Recovery Approach, Lifewise, and others. The role also includes:

Consistently offers mutual support to participants in both ongoing and prospective Opioid Treatment Hub programs

Through activities such as participating in committees, giving public talks, and establishing relationships, one raises awareness amongst peers, professionals, and community partners about the significance of peer support on the road to recovery.
Maintains program statistics and compiles, updates, and reports on them weekly and quarterly
Participates in program meetings on a regular basis to keep communication flowing and share relevant information

Assists with program trend analysis, problem identification, and solution development and recommendation.

Always stays up-to-date on the latest developments in recovery and peer support
Performs duties as assigned by the organization
Additional responsibilities may be assigned based on qualifications and experience.

Personal experience (and openness to sharing) with addictions, ideally with addictions, but also willing to address mental health issues.
Background in teamwork and fulfillment from assisting others.
Possess a current, unrestricted Class 5 driver’s license and be able to regularly use personal transportation (this role requires travel).
Qualifications Needed and Details

Displays a compassionate, understanding, patient, and supporting personality Exhibits a solid grasp of self-help, peer support, and recovery
Proves dedication to upholding professional ethics
Ability to work both alone and as part of a cohesive unit Strong interpersonal and relational skills, including the capacity to build trustworthy relationships Lives a sober life by sharing stories and advice from others Shows tolerance and understanding for those who choose not to accept assistance or embrace change

Frequently exhibits adaptability and a high degree of secrecy
Provides evidence of successful methods for preserving one’s own health
Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer programs; able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing; comfortable interacting with people from all walks of life, including those struggling with addiction and severe mental illness.
Time spent working

Position is full-time and hours per week can be flexible. The bulk of shifts fall between 8:00 am and 12:00 midnight, but shifts happen every day. The fast-paced, flexible community setting requires a degree of flexibility in work hours.

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