Posted on July 25, 2022. Primary Region: Weyburn, SK
The Student Services Mental Health Capacity Building Wellness Promoter works as part of a team to meet objectives of the Mental Health Capacity Building (MHCB) initiative. These objectives are met by developing and delivering developmentally appropriate, evidence-based programming to children, youth, and families. The Student Services Mental Health Capacity Building Wellness Promoter is expected to spend 80% of their work time in direct contact with children, youth, school staff or parents.
Required Education, Knowledge, Qualifications and Experience:
• A related post-secondary degree, diploma, or certificate in the health or social sciences field (e.g., health promotion and prevention, kinesiology, social work, nursing, psychology, public health, or early childhood development), or a relevant combination of education and experience.
• A minimum of 2 years of experience working in promotion, prevention, and/or client-based services of addictions and mental health.
• Knowledge of mental health and wellness, health promotion and prevention philosophy, strategies and principles, and child and youth development.
• Familiarity with the developmental, educational, emotional, social, and recreational needs of children, youth, and families.
• Ability to think creatively with experience in program delivery, along with public speaking and group facilitation skills.
• Ability to build relationships and communicate positively with all age groups.
• Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively.
• Ability to work independently as well as in teams.
• Understanding of and ability to practice personal and professional boundaries.
• Ability to advocate for others.
• Creative problem-solving and decision-making skills.
• Skills in liaising with community members, school staff, community agencies and health care providers.
• Understanding of the community’s economic, social, cultural, and political environment.
• Knowledge of the local community and resources available.
• Capability to maintain program statistics for purposes of evaluation and assist in evaluating the effectiveness of programs.
• Resilience and a commitment to professional and personal development.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
• Knowledge of social media.
• Ability to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
• A satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
• Where applicable, prior to commencing duties, provide proof of licensure or registration with the approved Saskatchewan regulatory college.
Required Skills and Abilities:
• Demonstrated ability to establish a strong rapport with students and school personnel.
• Demonstrated ability to manage high stress situations.
• Demonstrated ability to engage others and develop working relationships with community partners.
• Demonstrated understanding of, and ability to practice, personal and professional boundaries.
• Demonstrated ability to facilitate and lead communications and professional development on mental health and well-being.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member of the Student Support Services department.
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple demands and effectively manage time.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Without restricting the generality of the purpose above, the Student Services Mental Health Capacity Building Wellness Promoter shall perform such duties and responsibilities as may be assigned, including but not restricted to the following:
Training, Development and Program Delivery
• Develop, plan, promote and deliver universally accessible mental wellness programming for large and small groups in schools and community settings.
• Focus programming and training on increasing knowledge, building skills, and fostering abilities that enable others to improve their own mental health and wellness.
• Work with students, school staff, parents/guardians, and community members (who work closely with children and youth) to increase their knowledge, skills, competence, and confidence related to mental health and illness issues.
• Work as part of a team (e.g., school staff, students, parents/guardians, community members) to recognize, access (e.g., Healthy School Planner), understand, and adapt to the changing needs of their community related to mental health and wellness.
• Build and maintain strong relationships with children, youth and families, and act as a “go to” mental health subject matter expert for students, staff, parents/guardians, and community partners.
• Identify and facilitate access for individuals who need referral to specialized mental health and addiction services.
• Connect and collaborate with other MHCB staff in the province to identify challenges and celebrate successes.
• Work under the direction of the MHCB School Coordinator.
• Participate in school division staff professional development and in-service training to build their mental health capacity.
Research and Statistics
• Assist with evaluation activities and survey data collection for the MHCB initiative as required by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).
• Ensure all relevant documentation is in accordance with the Health Information Protection Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
• Ensure compliance with the SHA funding agreement.
• Be knowledgeable and supportive of applicable Division Administrative procedures.
• Conduct oneself in a manner appropriate to a professional learning environment.
• Deal tactfully with staff, students, parents, and the public.
• Perform additional duties as assigned by the Mental Health Capacity Building School Coordinator.
Job type: Full-time