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Research Associate - Social Work, Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 23134

Updated: June 9, 2021

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate - Social Work.  This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 7 months/year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator.

CHIP is a publicly funded Complementary Health Integration Project, providing proven Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) services specifically aiming for the improvement of pain, mental health, and addiction related health issues.

This is a recurring part-time position with variable hours.  Recurring part-time employees are hourly employees engaged to perform work on an irregular schedule.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • General Duties

    • Provide mental health and addiction counselling and support to individuals, families and groups in the community. Answer phone calls and inquiries concerning available programs and services

    • Provide mental health counselling regarding the cause, symptoms and prevention strategies of various mental health diagnoses

    • Provide counselling regarding the use and effects of alcohol and drugs

    • Prepare needs and risk assessments

    • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of crisis management and the impact of trauma on mental health and addiction issues

    • Provide outreach counselling in the community

    • Accept and make referrals to outside agencies

    • Maintain strict confidentiality guidelines regarding all clients, conversations and referrals

    • Coordinate and facilitate educational workshops on mental health and addiction related topics

    • Prepare project reports for mental health and addiction programs and initiatives, as requested

    • Collaborate with Project Coordinator to develop promotional materials and information for health promotion initiatives

  • ¿Treatment Referrals

    • Assist individuals to identify their need for treatment programs

    • Liaise with treatment programs

    • Assist clients to meet all requirements

    • Access funding for treatment programs

    • Evaluate the effectiveness of treatment programs

    • Liaise with community agencies and supports

    • Complete treatment center referrals

    • Arrange transportation for clients to and from treatment clinic

    • Evaluate the effectiveness of treatment programs

    • Prepare and Facilitate Mental Health and Addiction Related Project Reports

    • Prepare project evaluations and analyze results

    • Prepare proposals for future program funding

    • Develop and facilitate mental health and addiction-related group counselling programs

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelors level training required, Masters preferred, with a preference for training within a health or social work related field

  • Experience working with people struggling with mental health and/or addiction problems is required

  • Practice from a harm reduction philosophy is required

  • Comprehensive knowledge of client centered mental health and addictions interventions, practice methods and professional skills is required

  • Knowledge of community resources, treatment centres, social service networks and organizations is required

  • Knowledge of funding agencies available to assist clients in accessing needed support services and community resources is required

  • Working knowledge of computer software (email, internet) and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook), and Electronic Management Record systems is required

  • Must have advocacy skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills to work with diverse client groups with varying levels of comprehension and language capability are required

  • Effective listening, observation and facilitation skills to effectively assess clients and provide appropriate treatment and consultation are required

  • Strong mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills to respond or assist in emergency situations are required

  • Must have strong collaboration skills to manage service delivery in conjunction with case managers, clients, their family members/caregivers/SDMs and other health care professionals

  • Must possess ability to deal with demanding interpersonal situations and respond with good judgment and understanding

  • Must possess ability to communicate information effectively through a variety of means including meetings, reports, letters and presentations

  • Advanced oral and written communication skills in English to establish and maintain a wide range of contacts with health care professionals and community organizations is required

  • Must possess demonstrated ability to analyze and make independent decisions

  • Valid Alberta driver's license and use of own vehicle for project is required

  • Must provide a Criminal Records Check with vulnerable sector screening

Application Deadline:  June 16, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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