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Peer Support Worker, Community Transition Team, Forensic Psychiatric Regional Clinic, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services – Coquitlam, BC

Peer Support Worker, Community Transition Team
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Coquitlam, BC


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

Join our multi-disciplinary team of passionate and committed professionals working to support clients with complex mental health and/or substance use in the crucial weeks and months after release from a correctional centre. As a member of the Community Transition Teams, you will play a key role as a Peer Support Worker linking clients to mental health and substance use services, providing focused rehabilitative support services, and bridging the gap between correctional institutions and communities, as well as between formerly incarcerated clients and the communities in which they live. To learn more about the important work we do watch our video here.


What you’ll do

  • Provide non-clinical, one-on-one, peer-based support and guidance to clients before, during, and after they are released to the community, with the aim of supporting skills-building, empowerment and community reintegration. This includes brief support (1-3 months after release), active listening, client-centered and strengths-based approaches to client engagement.
  • Assist with facilitating group and one-to-one meetings. Provides health, social, and resource information to clients, such as harm reduction information to reduce risk of overdose. Attends and supports the facilitation of information sessions.
  • Develop respectful relationships with clients and their support networks (i.e. families, friends and allies). Helps clients and their support networks to make informed decisions. Creates a non-judgmental environment by sharing own experiences and insights. Encourages and supports clients to become active and involved in their own health.
  • Assist clients and their support networks with finding appropriate health, social services and other resources as required, such as physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, housing, employment, financial assistance, advocacy and support groups. Provide information on service providers; maintains up-to-date resource lists of community-based services providers; contacts relevant organizations/businesses/services; and provide information on how to attain services and assistance with accessing services.
  • Provide advocacy and practical services to clients by performing duties such as informing clients and their support networks of their rights to services, assisting clients in completing forms and letters (i.e. income assistance, disability assistance, housing), notifying designated supervisor of systemic advocacy issues, and receiving/documenting complaints and ideas for improved service.


What you bring


  • Graduation from a recognized Social Services Worker certificate program or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Lived experience with incarceration, substance use issues and/or mental health needs, and accessing support/treatment services.
  • 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.


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 and development.
  • 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).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.


Job Type: Regular, Full- Time (1.00 FTE)
Wage: $26.93 per hour.
Location: 70 Colony Farm Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3C 5X9

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday; 8:00-16:00.
Requisition # 133807



What we do


BC Mental 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.



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