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Concurrent Disorders Peer Support Coordinator - Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BC Mental Health & Substance Use Service - Coquitlam, BC


Concurrent Disorders Peer Support Coordinator
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Service

Coquitlam, BC

What you’ll do

  • Provide individual peer support, facilitate group support meetings, and conduct information sessions based on individual patient needs; provide peer-based support and guidance to patients in the exploration of skill-building, psychosocial recovery, empowerment, and community integration.
  • Plan information sessions on a variety of topics such as peer services, consumer-run services, mental health and addictions, and other resources. Consult with the Supervisor and bring concerns to the attention of the Supervisor. Link patients with peer-based community resources as appropriate and follow protocols for obtaining assistance in an emergency/crisis situation.
  • Organize venues and materials for support sessions by methods such as liaising with guest speakers and service providers; booking rooms; purchasing supplies; arranging for volunteers as required; sending out session notifications; creating posters and overheads/presentations. Arrange for the printing of materials and ensure that appropriate notices are posted.
  • Develop relationships based on respect with patients, encourage informed decision-making, and help to create a non-judgmental environment by sharing experiences and insight. Encourage and support patients to become active and involved in their health care.
  • Perform word processing duties such as drafting/revising program forms; updating program policies and procedures documentation; and preparing letters, memos, reports, posters, presentations, educational and funding proposals from rough drafts, general instructions, and/or recording devices by methods such as utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software applications. Compose and sign general correspondence such as appointment confirmations, referrals, and information requests.
  • Participate in committees, task groups, and/or program initiatives by methods such as providing representation and input from a peer perspective, presenting relevant material, acting as an advocate for the goals and objectives of the program, and promoting optimal support for patients within an interdisciplinary treatment team.

What you bring


  • Diploma in a Community Social Services program and two (2) years’ recent related experience, or a Social Services Worker Certificate and three (3) years’ recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Personal experience with mental health and substance misuse issues and in accessing mental health services.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with others effectively.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
  • Ability to organize work.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have:  Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.)

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular Part-Time (0.60 FTE)
Wage: $31.02 per hour
Location: 70 Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam, B.C. V3C 5X9
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: 0800-1600, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Requisition: #159363

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

BCMental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.

BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.

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PHSA and BCMHSUS are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

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Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of February 5, 2024. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

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