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Casual Support Worker - Overdose Prevention Site for Lift Community Services


How To Apply

Position:Casual Support Worker - Overdose Prevention Site
Employer:Lift Community Services
Sector:Social Assistance
Closing Date:2024-Jun-11
Salary or Wage:$24.55
Full or Part Time:Casual
Location:Powell River, BC
Start Date:ASAP


- Diploma or degree in social sciences, community mental health, human services, or an equivalent level of combined education and experience
- Advanced overdose response training
- Certificates in CPR, First Aid, and transportation of dangerous goods (if applicable)
- A valid BC driver’s license is preferred
- Requires Vulnerable Sector Check and/or Criminal Record Check clearance
- Minimum 1 year experience in the field of mental health and substance use
- Harm reduction and overdose response experience is an asset
- General knowledge about trauma & violence informed care, harm reduction and cultural safety
- A harm reduction mentality to support participants where they are at with respect and compassion
- Ability to de-escalate conflict in a non-violent way
- Ability to handle confidential information
- An open mind and a willingness to reflect on one's own triggers and boundaries
- A willingness to work as a team and communicate effectively
- A good sense of humor
- Strong personal support networks and habits of self-care
- A basic awareness of “street culture”

Requires Vulnerable Sector Check and/or Criminal Record Check clearance.

Duties and Responsibilities

- Develop relationships with OPS participants and offer support as needed
Attend to medical emergencies including overdoses according to knowledge and training
- Help sign up and orient new participants to the site
- Offer education on safer use and harm reduction supplies
- Control the flow and numbers of participants into and out of the OPS
- Be attentive to participants who are presenting an interest in information or support, such as social, mental health or addiction services and help facilitate referrals if desired
- Build a sense of ownership and shared responsibility among participants
- Ensure cleanliness and maintenance of site, equipment and supplies
- Complete and maintain records and documentation (manual and computerized)
- Ensure the safety of participants using the OPS
- Monitor participants’ activity and adherence to Code of Conduct
- Use verbal de-escalation techniques aggressive/violent behavior, within guidelines
- Work collaboratively with clinical and peer colleagues, clients, and community partners
- Assist OPS Coordinator as required

Additional Details

- Term: Casual
- Hours: Vary Monday-Sunday; shifts scheduled between 10am - 8pm
- Work Site: Powell River Overdose Prevention Site (4752 Joyce Ave.)
- Reports to: OPS Coordinator
- Questions? Contact Kathryn Colby

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