Full time
Burlington, ON
Job Number:      319
Job Title:            Mental Health Specialist 
Department:      Skilled Trades                                            
Location:           Burlington, with travel between other sites as required
Start Date:         Immediately
End Date:            March 31, 2020 (with possibility of contract extension, based on funding)
Schedule:            35 hours/week
Pay Rate:            $30.71 per hour           
Reports To:        Coordinator, Get in Gear
Are you entrepreneurial, client-focused and committed to team work and excellence?  Do you enjoy working with clients from diverse backgrounds? If you want to work for a recognized leader in career and workforce development, then consider a career with Centre for Skills Development!
Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, with locations in Oakville, Milton and Clarkson, Centre for Skills delivers high calibre employment services, ESL & immigrant services, skilled trades training and literacy upgrading. Providing people with opportunities to build a better future and making a positive impact on peoples’ lives is integral to the business of Centre for Skills.  For more information, visit: centreforskills.ca   
Centre for Skills Development (Centre) team members are supported and expected to work as part of a collaborative team, aligned with a shared goal of providing high quality service to clients, employers, the community and funders.  Each team member uses strong communication skills and shares knowledge to act as a cross functional team of service delivery partners, responsible for achieving excellence in client service. All team members share responsibility and accountability for the quality of our face-to-face and virtual interactions, for the promotion of all Centre programming, for providing outreach to various locations and for supporting community engagement activities. Centre employees are flexible and adapt as needed to prioritize client service, while ensuring contract and policy compliance. Our vison of sustainable and meaningful employment for everyone is reflected in our day-to-day interactions and our willingness to step in to support each other as needed. With a strong team-based approach; developed and maintained through mutual respect, integrity, and empathy, we understand that every member of the team has an important role in ensuring all our goals are met.  
The Mental Health Specialist role is responsible for counseling and case managing participants in need of additional support to achieve program success.  This role requires a high level of confidentiality, empathy and adaptability to support our program participants with the right resource referrals while ensuring positive progress in successful completion of programs. The Mental Health Specialist will work closely with the trades team to achieve the best results for the participants

These are your responsibilities:
  • Conduct assessment of clients and identify their needs.
  • Assist with program screening/recruitment to ensure client needs (mental health, learning disabilities) are identified prior to program start.
  • Develop a plan of support and goals that is client centred. Gather requisite historical and background information to help inform assessment and support plan.
  • Provide timely counseling and referrals based on identified needs (life skills, crisis intervention, in-person / email / telephone / text support)
  • Develop supportive alliance with clients by providing supportive counselling in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, suicide risk, grief, crisis intervention, trauma, and other issues
  • Provide crisis intervention and exercises good judgment in emergency and or/crisis situations
  • Using client-centered approach, advocate on behalf of clients in association with their community support network
  • Facilitate referrals to appropriate internal and external resources
  • Participate in community outreach to promote program services and develop partnerships with health and community support systems
  • Maintain close collaborative working relationships with other health care professionals
  • Work as a member of the team to ensure that the program operates efficiently and effectively
  • Must meet program funding targets
  • Provide accurate and timely reporting and statistics
  • Perform other related duties as required
What you need to bring to this job:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed above satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required. Employees who do not possess the requirements for a job at the time of hire are expected to attain the skills, knowledge and abilities required within a specified period of time as agreed upon, in writing, with the hiring Manager. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Knowledge of major mental illnesses including signs and symptoms
  • Knowledge of case management including, local resources and access to services
  • Excellent assessment skills and crisis intervention skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Flexible and able to work under pressure
  • Create a safe, comfortable environment for clients to work within
  • Ability to engage and build rapport with clients from various cultures, generations and social-economic backgrounds
  • Strong client advocacy skills
  • Ability to assist in complex, client life circumstances and maintain healthy boundaries
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively within a team and independently with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of mental health policies, legislation, (ie. Occupational Health & Safety Act, Mental Health Act) and other relevant legislation
  • Access to a reliable vehicle, possession of a valid driver’s license, and willingness to travel extensively throughout Halton, Peel and surrounding areas as required
  • Availability to work occasional evening and/or weekend shifts as required
Educational Requirements:
  • Diploma or degree in Social Work, Counselling / Coaching or Psychology, Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions
  • Suitable educational equivalents may be considered for individuals with 5+ years of highly related experience in a similar role within a workforce development setting
  • Certification in ASIST, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, SafeTalk, TAMI an asset.
Work Experience Requirements:
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working with case management, mental health counselling/coaching, addictions and crisis intervention
Technical Requirements:
Equipment:         Computer, Fax Machine, Printer, Photocopier, Projector, Telephone, Smart Phone
Software:            Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
Other:                  Internet, Social Media Platforms

Please e-mail or fax your resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
Centre for Skills Development
E-mail: resumes@centreforskills.ca
Fax: 905-634-2775
Application Deadline:   Monday, July 22, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. EST
To be considered, all applications must include the job number and title in the email subject line or on the cover sheet if faxing. 
We thank all applicants for their interest in Centre for Skills, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.
In the spirit of the Human Rights Code, we ask that resumes not include personal data such as age, health, marital and family status.
Post ID: 319
Company: Centre for Skills Development
Hours: Full time
Wage: $30.71 per hour
Status: Contract
How to apply: resumes@centreforskills.ca

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