Job Posting: Peer Facilitator

Celina Ambrosio

Job Posting: Peer Facilitator

Closing Date: June 28th, 2024

Duration of Placement: 6 month contract with potential to renew

Pay and Hours: $22.00 per hour, up to 20 hours per month

Location of Work: In-person at various sites in the Vancouver community and Virtual (delivered via Zoom) from home

Vancouver Coastal Health offers several Peer Led Workshops that are co-created by Peers (people with lived/living experience with mental health and/or substance use challenges). Co-creation is a cooperative working style where Peers, professionals and content experts work together as equals to create a workshop or service that will improve the quality of life for members of the community. We believe that those who use a service are in the best position to help design it.

Using a Psychosocial Rehabilitation approach, our Peer Led Workshops focus on empowering people to be active participants in their recovery and well-being. A Peer Facilitator uses different skills, tools, exercises, and natural abilities to draw out knowledge and insight from workshop participants and keep discussions running smoothly. All Peer Led Workshops are co-facilitated by two Peer Facilitators.

Duties include:

  • Co-facilitate virtual and in-person Peer Led Workshops
  • Use workshop-specific materials to facilitate discussions and lead group activities
  • Encourage participants to develop and use creative and critical thinking
  • Work collaboratively with other Peer Facilitators
  • Create and maintain a safe(r) and respectful group environment guided by how participants define safety and respect
  • Set-up and take-down of room (may involve moving tables and chairs)
  • Ensure everyone has a chance to express their ideas and feelings
  • Share personal experience appropriately for the benefit of the participants
  • Be open to a range of ways of understanding experiences
  • Attend monthly team meetings, communicate with site staff, promote the Peer Led Workshops, and complete paperwork as required

Skills and Abilities:

  • Have personal lived/living experience with Mental Health and/or Substance Use challenges
  • Have personal experience receiving services within the Mental Health/Substance Use system
  • Have completed a Peer Support Training Program and/or equivalent education and experience, such as Mental Health Worker Certificate, WRAP Facilitator Training, Peer Facilitator Training, or other equivalent
  • Have demonstrated experience with facilitation and leading groups or willingness to learn
  • Have demonstrated experience using recovery oriented and trauma informed practices
  • Be familiar with and comfortable using Zoom and Microsoft Office Suite (particularly PowerPoint)
  • Have excellent listening and communication skills
  • Have the ability to attend sessions consistently and be highly reliable to commitments
  • Have a successful completion of a Criminal Record Check (organized by VCH)
  • Be able to role model recovery by sharing common life experiences and practical information
  • Have effective strategies for dealing with stress
  • Be able to work with a culturally diverse population
  • Be willing to respect other people’s right to decline assistance
  • Be able to present in a professional manner
  • Be empathetic, patient, and supportive

To apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter:

Celina Ambrosio
Peer Led Workshop Coordinator, Consumer Involvement & Initiatives
Vancouver Coastal Health
#200 – 520 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H5
(Telephone 604-708-5274; Faxes accepted to 604-874-7661)

If you wish to email your application, please send it to: celina.ambrosio1@vch.ca with the subject line: “Peer Facilitator Application”

Closing Date: June 28th, 2024