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Company: Brant Community Healthcare System
Location: Brantford, ON, Canada
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech


Exceptional Care–Exceptional People

Opening Date: June 8, 2021 - 12 month contract 

By choosing to work at Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS), you are joining an organization with more than 130 years of making a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve throughout our communities. We value Care, Accountability, Respect and Equity, and we are working together to build a healthier community!

At BCHS, we are focused on delivering safe, high quality care and customer service every day. It is our exceptional people who make that happen – our people are the reason BCHS is such an awesome place to work! We recognize and reward our teams, support continuing education and provide ongoing opportunities for meaningful growth and development.

This is a great time to consider joining BCHS – come be part of our story!


Job Perks for Employees at BCHS:

  • Competitive Wages within a health care environment
  • Benefits for Regular Full-Time and pay in lieu of benefits for Part-time/Temporary staff
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan – HOOPP
  • Centralized Education Fund
  • Wellness and recognition programs
  • Discounted parking available


Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of Mental Health, Addictions and Social Work, the Staff Support Mental Wellness Specialist will develop and implement a program of staff peer support and be responsible to advance and provide oversight to this program.  This will include development and oversight of a network of trained volunteer peers of BCHS staff to provide confidential, individual or facilitated group peer support.  Also, this role will be required to provide evidence based clinical support to staff, including leading supportive emotional debriefings to teams following traumatic events or critical events, individual therapeutic interventions like crisis or brief counselling, trauma informed counselling and work with Organizational Health to support staff in referral to other community agencies or specialized services, as needed.  This role will also be responsible for facilitating training and education sessions to support staff emotional wellness. This work will ensure the application of a culturally sensitive, anti-oppressive, person-centred model of care, recovery orientated and harm reduction approaches for staff at BCHS.


Primary Responsibilities 

  • Development and ongoing process improvement of the staff peer support program. 
  • Development of the training, recruitment, orientation, scheduling, debriefing and other support that may be required by peer support staff. Also, informing related promotional and employee engagement strategies related to this program
  • Supporting BCHS teams in emotional debriefing of critical incidents, catastrophic events, complex clinical situations that would require consultation with Ethics. This includes follow up activities with specific clinical programs and planning with program manager, director and Senior Leadership and Organizational Health
  • Providing brief or longer term therapeutic support to staff either individually or in group format (in person and virtual)
  • Provide consultation to Organizational Health regarding return to work plans and disability support management support for staff related mental health & addictions issues. 
  • Program planning and related administrative tasks.


Mandatory Qualifications 

  • Masters in a Regulated Health Professional field (Ont.) such as Psychology or the Ontario College of Social Workers and Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • Advanced clinical skills that would be acquired through a Masters and continuing educational training from certified and recognized institutions  
  • A minimum of 5 years in a related field
  • A minimum of one year on the job required to develop & implement a new program.


 Mandatory Competencies 

  • Experienced gained in undergraduate and graduate post-secondary training- clinical placement and/or supervised practice. 
  • Experienced gained as a clinician working in a hospital based or community mental health agency as a part of a multidisciplinary team or individual private practice.
  • Experience applying evidenced based clinical models of care for individuals who have experienced a crisis. Demonstrated experience delivering individual and group based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in outpatient setting
  • Excellent understanding and experience in the application of the following: treatment approaches that are "trauma-informed; group facilitation training, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (individual and group),  Psychotherapy; Cognitive Trauma Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Sensorimotor Therapy, eye movement and desensitization reprocessing (EMDR). Also, this role requires therapeutic approaches that validate and are tailored to the unique experience of a person coping with PTSD. It understands the symptoms of trauma to be coping strategies that have developed in reaction to a traumatic experience.
  • Understanding of the contributors to burnout, compassion fatigue and other mental health related squali for healthcare workers and accepted approaches to care for this population.
  • Experience supporting persons with concurrent disorders and appropriate therapeutic interventions, such as: Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Transtheoretical Model of Change.
  • Understanding and demonstrated experience working with persons with mental health and addictions lived experience and the application of a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and the recovery model of care. 
  • Evidence of clinical practice that utilizes the application of culturally sensitive, anti-oppressive, person-centred models of care which are recovery orientated, using harm reduction approaches for persons seeking support for related issues. 
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize workload and function in a changing and sometimes demanding work environment
  • Able to identify and resolve issues to implement change and efficiency
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, critical thinking, decision making and time management skills
  • Promotes team collaboration and consultation and committed to team development and collaboration
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional growth
  • Independent thought leadership - ability to work independently, make timely decisions and drive solutions forward under pressure.
  • Proven problem-solving skills and the ability to think strategically and implement solutions at the management level.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Must be able to work with all levels of employees and management.


Preferred Competencies 

  • Reliable individual with excellent attendance record and able to work all shifts


Primary responsibilities also include:

Safety (patient, worker & workplace) is a BCHS Corporate Priority. The successful applicant will demonstrate good stewardship in the identification, reporting and mitigation of unsafe acts or conditions.


To submit your application, please forward your cover letter and resume to


The Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace. We welcome applications from women, members of racialized groups, visible minorities, Indigenous l persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientation and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.


To ensure there is equal opportunity during the recruitment and selection process, BCHS provides accommodation for applicants with disabilities upon request.



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