Personal Support Worker – 2 positions (13 Month Contract & Casual)

Full Time • Hope Terrace

Through our vision to eliminate poverty in our community and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual, Bissell Centre’s work is based on building relationships, hope and trust. Our mission is to work with others to empower people to move from poverty to prosperity. We enable people to meet their own basic daily needs, participate in community, have sustainable livelihoods, feel hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life.

Bissell Centre is growing and in need of a passionate and skilled PSW. The PSW works with adults who are diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as well as co-occurring mental health and addictions to support home stability and goal achievement through a client centered, FASD Informed and harm reduction approach. The PSW acts as a broker between residents and resources to enhance the resident’s self-reliance within their home and community. Due to the nature of the position, the PSW will occasionally experience physical and/or verbal abuse from and between participants.

This position requires individuals who are willing to work on a 365 24/7 rotating shift rotation (4-3-4-2) which includes holidays, evenings, nights and weekends. Individuals must have the ability to respond quickly to individuals in crisis.

Specific responsibilities of the position include:

  • Enhance, collaborate and support the work of the on-site occupational therapist in applying occupational therapist strategies and daily living skills bootcamp
  • Enhance, collaborate and support the work of the Mental Health Occupational Therapist in applying the harm reduction philosophy in the PSWs work practice with the residents
  • Facilitate and promote a team focused philosophy in order to promote the wellbeing of a positive work environment
  • Manage a shared caseload
  • Provide minimal outreach capabilities to assist with community integration and attending important appointments
  • Accurately complete ongoing Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool’s (SPDAT) and provincial interviews
  • Identify participant strength’s, resources, needs and aspirations in order to provide greater opportunities for enhanced support
  • Work with participants regularly to collaboratively set goals, develop a plan of action, evaluate success, and revise plan accordingly
  • Complete regular home visits to create organic relationships between staff and participants
  • Assist participants through role-modeling, teaching, information, brokering, advocacy, and providing practical assistance
  • Provide group programming such as collective kitchen and open recreation within the building to build upon participants meaningful daily activities
  • Administer the medication assist program, managed alcohol program and needle exchange within the building
  • Complete regular building rounds throughout the day and night
  • Assist participants in pest control, hygiene management, apartment maintenance, and daily living skills
  • Provide overdose prevention education as well as administer naloxone, when necessary
  • Provide advocacy for and with the participants by assisting with appointment remainders, scheduling and cancelling appointments, assist with navigating social service systems and the like
  • Be an active member in the building to provide de-escalation, resident/roommate mediation and the like
  • Contribute to the cleanliness of the office and all common space within the building

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:  

  • Degree or Diploma in Social Science or related discipline
  • Minimum of one-year related employment experience e.g. high-risk populations, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Supportive Housing Experience
  • Experience with case management software is a considerable asset
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, result oriented, good time management, strong organizational, problem-solving, reliable and advocacy skills
  • Familiarity with issues of poverty, homelessness and Edmonton’s urban core
  • Familiarity working with high risk populations and an understanding of Aboriginal cultures, history and current issues
  • In-depth knowledge of Harm Reduction Philosophies, FASD Informed approach, Client-Centered approach, Trauma Informed Practice will be considered an asset
  • Strong active listening skills will be considered an asset

Bissell Centre offers above average industry benefits including; employer subsidized medical and dental benefits, life insurance, disability, outstanding vacation and more! Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate the needs of children and families is required.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter by April 6, 2020 

Bissell Centre is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to diversity within our community and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability. Bissell Centre is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees, in accordance with provincially and federally legislated protected grounds.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline: April 6th, 2020

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