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Interesting article to share: “Homeless to Social Justice Advocate”

We want to share this interesting article published on Huffington Post last week, from Elisheva’s Passarello homeless story in Toronto. She speaks up about much needed safe, supportive, affordable healthy housing for women.
And a few words from Elisheva.
“Homelessness for me just ended June 2016. I am now recognizing the after effects of being in a shelter so long and understanding the need for supportive housing that slowly transitions people back into the community. There are many stages to the process of recovery. There is an order to recovery….
I am still working to develop my own website but here is more about me on my webpage. About.Me/ElishevaPassarello
While I was in the homeless shelter I had my first Art Exhibit at the Toronto Public Library in May 2016. I just finished my second art exhibit September 2016.  
As an entrepreneur I am currently designing a greeting card line with my photography as well as many more projects.
Please pass along my story to anyone who might be inspired by it. 🙂
Sincerely,
-Elisheva Passarello”

Registration for our ODSP Peer Navigator Support Group! All are welcome!

The ODSP Peer Navigation Program offers peer support groups and one-on- one support to aid in successfully navigating the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) system while we share resources, build social supports, and develop wellness tools. This program is for people applying to get on ODSP or already on ODSP and recognizes how overcoming challenges within the ODSP system develops valuable skills that can empower us in our future opportunities.

Topics of discussion will include: making connections, peer support, wellness practices, tips for navigating the ODSP system and employment.

Contact us now to register for ODSP peer support groups. The next series will be starting in December, 2016! Spots are filling fast so make sure you sign up early. Groups will take place once a month for 5months.
Participants can register for one of the options listed below:
The 2nd Thursday of each month – Beginning on December 8th, 2016 OR
The 2nd Friday of each month – Beginning on December 9th, 2016

For more information, or to register, please emailregistration@selfhelp.on.ca or call (416) 487-4355

Please let us know of any accommodations we can provide and we willdo our very best to provide them. Light refreshments and TTC tokens will be provided.

Upcoming Community of Practice at the SHRC

The Self-Help Resource Centre runs a monthly peer support group for peer support workers and volunteers on the first Thursday of the month. This Community of Practice meeting is an opportunity for peer support group and one-on- one facilitators to get support from other peer facilitators, share valuable resources and experiences, learn and develop professional skills, and brainstorm solutions to challenges in the field. November’s topic is Lived Experience.

Please register at registration@selfhelp.on.ca or 416-487- 4355 ext 21

Next Meeting: November 3, from 4 to 6pm – Lived Experience

Future Meeting: December 1, 2016

Where: George Brown, 341 King St. East, room 413

What to Bring: Questions and challenges experienced in peer support.

Coffee, tea and light snack will be provided!

Job posting at Sella’s Place: ONLINE PEER SUPPORT LEAD

POSITION TITLE: ONLINE PEER SUPPORT LEAD

Terms: One year contract – part time

Number of positions: 1

Location: Downtown Toronto (18 Camden St)

Start Date: Late Jan, 2017

Salary: $22/hour

Stella’s Place is a community-based, integrated mental health assessment and treatment centre for young adults, aged 16-29 years old. Stella’s Place uses a recovery-based model that recognizes the importance of peer support and making connections through lived experience.

We use innovative approaches to reach young adults in need of service, and utilizing clinical practices and processes that put these young adults in the ‘driver’s seat’ of their own recovery plan. We offer peer support to young adults through two forums: in the drop-in café (currently open) and through our unique online chat program scheduled to launch in January 2017. Our purpose is to connect with young adults with mental health challenges in order to provide assessment, evidence-based treatment, and a full menu of wellness-promoting and recovery- focused supports. Every program at Stella’s Place has been co-designed by young adults and content experts, and our community continues to grow and develop.

 

PURPOSE:

Stella’s Place is currently seeking one Online Peer Support Lead to help us pilot a new online mental health chat program called Bean Bag Chat. This position will be a resource to provide support, structure and development to our Online Peer Support Team. As the Online Peer Support Lead, you will help to create a warm and welcoming connection with the peer support staff, connect with peers online, and facilitate outreach efforts both within Stella’s Place as well as external partners.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 Support the Online Peer Supporter team and program

 Research and develop tip sheets and training for online peer supporters

 Function as an online peer supporter when queues are high and as needed

 Use your crisis management skills to intervene and de-escalate young adults in distress

 Maintain strict confidentiality and adhere to privacy measures as outlined in PHIPA.

 Have an awareness of Limits of Confidentiality and when it is appropriate to intervene

 Ensure the Bean Bag Service adheres to the principles of peer support

 Recognize that mental health is a recovery process, where each person has the right to determine their own path towards mental health and wellbeing.

 Help connect young adults to internal and external resources

 Provide feedback for use in ongoing program development and refinement

 Provide feedback and coaching to help the online peer supporters develop skills and confidence

 Collaborate with team members to create a supportive, safe and effective online space

 Maintain required documentation (ie. notes, critical incident reports) in a timely manner

 Contribute to the development of Bean Bag Chat, work with community partners, staff, young adults, and peers

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

REQUIRED

You will bring the following knowledge, skills, and experiences – either through paid work experience, volunteer work, or positive participation in a community service setting:

 Lived experience of mental health issues and the willingness to use this in your practice where appropriate

 Demonstrated experience in an online support role

 Crisis management training and/or experience

 Demonstrated experience in a peer support role

 Experience coaching and supporting young adults

 Experience with research as is it pertains to creating tip sheets, trainings and referral information

 Comfortable expressing yourself through writing

 Knowledge of recovery-oriented practices

 Proficiency with online communication and social media (texting, chat)

 Experience with technology and light troubleshooting

 Demonstrated active participation as a team member (e.g., committee, project team, development team)

 Demonstrated capacity to engage with diverse communities

 Demonstrated understanding of the impact of oppression and social determinants of health

 Active participation in an online-based organization as a volunteer or employee is required.

 Demonstrated knowledge of security, safety and privacy issues and regulations

 

PREFERRED ASSETS:

 Knowledge of young adult mental health services and recreational resources within Toronto would be an asset

 Online Peer Support Training is an Asset

 Some post-secondary education and/or training

 First Aid/CPR Certificate

 NVCI ASIST training

 

REPORTING:

 You will work closely with the clinical supervisor and report to the Peer Initiatives Manager.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please forward your cover letter and a detailed résumé (in PDF format) outlining your involvement with Online Peer Support, what you have learned from that experience, and any unique qualifications that might set you apart from other applicants.

Please send your cover letter and resume via email (using the subject line: Online Peer Lead Application) to: gbevan@stellasplace.ca no later than midnight November 4th, 2016.

Stella’s Place is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from diverse racial and cultural communities and individuals who identify as LGBTQ.

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month

According to the Public Services Health and Safety Association, during the month of October,  workplaces across Canada will be taking part in initiatives and activities to encourage a healthy workplace.

So far, 317 organizations and 1,861 people are participating.
Each week has a specific theme and suggested activities for each week:

October 1-7 Week 1 – Taking Action on Our Mental Health

October 8-14 Week 2 – Improving Our Workplace Culture

October 15-21 Week 3 – Making Our Workplace Resilient

October 22-28 Week 4 – Keeping Our Workplace Safe

 

For more information, and ideas to make your workplace even healthier and safer, visit www.healthyworkplacemonth.ca

Bean Bag Chat Online Peer Supporter- Job Posting at Stella’s Place

Job Posting- Online Peer Supporters

Stella’s Place, Toronto

Terms: Part-time (2 evening shifts a week, 8 hours total per week)

3 month contract with possibility of renewal

Number of positions: 4

Reports to: Peer Initiatives Manager

Location: Downtown Toronto (18 Camden St)

Start Date: Late January 2017

Salary: $20/hour

Stella’s Place, is a community-based, integrated mental health and treatment centre for young adults, aged 16-29 years old. Stella’s Place uses a recovery-based model that recognizes the importance of peer support and making connections through lived experience. We offer peer support to young adults through two forums; in the drop-in café (currently open) and through our unique online chat program scheduled to launch in January 2017. Our purpose is to connect with young adults struggling with mental health in order to provide assessment, evidence-based treatment, and a full menu of wellness-promoting and recovery-focused services/activities. Every program at Stella’s Place has been co-designed by young adults and content experts, and our community continues to grow and develop.

Stella’s Place is currently seeking four Online Peer Supporters to help us pilot a new online mental health chat program called Bean Bag Chat. The new positions will engage and support young adults struggling with mental health concerns who connect with us online. As an Online Peer Supporter, you will help to create a warm and welcoming connection using your active listening skills, and provide users with options, resources, and next steps. You may also need to intervene during moments of crisis using your skills and knowledge of Toronto resources. Onsite training will be provided, and resources will be in place at all times to offer Peer Supporters support, ideas, and coaching.

 

As a Bean Bag Chat Peer Supporter you will:

_ Offer online mental health support to young adults connecting through Bean Bag Chat

_ Utilize culturally-responsive, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive approaches to ensure success for diverse populations

_ Use your crisis management skills to intervene and de-escalate young adults in distress

_ Maintain strict confidentiality and adhere to privacy measures as outlined in PHIPA.

_ Have an awareness of Limits of Confidentiality and when it is appropriate to intervene

_ Adhere to the principles of peer support

_ Recognize that mental health is a recovery process, where each person has the right to determine their own path towards mental health and wellbeing.

_ Help connect young adults to internal and external resources

_ Provide feedback for use in ongoing program development and revisions

_ Collaborate with team members to create a supportive, safe and effective online space

_ Maintain required documentation (ie. notes, critical incident reports) in a timely manner

_ Contribute to the development of Bean Bag Chat, work with community partners, staff, young adults, and peers

_ Attend Community of Practice and Staff Meetings as required

 

You will bring the following knowledge, skills, and experiences – either through paid work experience, volunteer work, or positive participation in a social/community service setting:

_ Lived experience of mental health issues

_ Formal or informal online support experience

_ Crisis management training and/or experience

_ Experience with Peer Support model

_ Comfortable expressing oneself through writing

_ Knowledge of recovery-oriented practices

_ Proficiency with online communication and social media (texting, chat)

_ Experience with technology and light troubleshooting

_ Demonstrated active participation as a team member (e.g., committee, project team, development team)

_ Engagement with diverse communities or experience on a diverse team

_ Demonstrated understanding of the impact of oppression and social determinants of health

_ Active participation in an online-based organization as a volunteer or employee would be an asset.

_ Knowledge of young adult mental health services and recreational resources within Toronto would be an asset

 

You will bring the following strengths and personal assets:

_ Self-directed and resourceful. Able to take initiative

_ Flexible; comfortable with change and ambiguity

_ Ability to use positive, strength-based, recovery-focused language (oral and written)

_ Enjoy working on a team, including the ability to seek and incorporate others’ perspectives

_ The ability to engage in reflective practice; including being open to feedback and continuous learning as well as giving feedback

_ Organized with the ability to meet expected deadlines

_ Multi-tasking capabilities while assessing and prioritizing many demands

_ Strong written communication skills

 

Training, Education, and Certifications:

_ Online Peer Support Training is an Asset

_ ASIST training, or other crisis intervention training is an asset

_ Some post-secondary education and/or training

 

Application process: Forward your cover letter and a detailed résumé (in PDF format) outlining your involvement with Online Peer Support, what you have learned from that experience, and any unique qualifications that might set you apart from other applicants.

Please send your cover letter and resume via email (using the subject line: Online Peer Supporter Application) to: gbevan@stellasplace.ca no later than midnight November 1st, 2016.

Stella’s Place is an equal opportunity employer.

SHRC is co-sponsoring KRISHA at the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival

SHRC is proud to co-sponsor a film for second year in the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.

KRISHA
Trey Edward Shults / 2015
Nov 5 @ 7pm

“Returning to the bosom of her Texas kin for a Thanksgiving gathering, Krisha (Krisha Fairchild) finds herself smack up against the demons that had kept her away for a decade, and they appear to have been as dedicated to building up their strength as much as Krisha, now middle-aged and estranged from her only son, has been fortifying hers. It’s one thing to forgive yourself, but what if those you have hurt and neglected haven’t made that step?”

Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/iEgVjB8KwXg

Buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/krisha-by-trey-edward-shults-tickets-28405240840

 

Registration for our ODSP Peer Navigator Support Group!

Contact us now to register for ODSP peer support groups. The next series will be starting in December, 2016! Spots are filling fast so make sure you sign up early. Groups will take place once a month for 5months. Participants can register for one of the options listed below:

The 2nd Thursday of each month – Beginning on December 8th, 2016 OR
The 2nd Friday of each month – Beginning on December 9th, 2016

Topics of discussion will include: making connections, peer support, wellness practices, tips for navigating the ODSP system and employment. Light refreshments and TTC tokens will be provided.

For more information, or to register, please emailregistration@selfhelp.on.ca or call (416) 487-4355

Please let us know of any accommodations we can provide and we willdo our very best to provide them.

All are welcome!

About the program

The ODSP Peer Navigation Program offers peer support groups and one-on- one support to aid in successfully navigating the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) system while we share resources, build social supports, and develop wellness tools. This program is for people applying to get on ODSP or already on ODSP and recognizes how overcoming challenges within the ODSP system develops valuable skills that can empower us in our future opportunities.

Dealing with Stress at the Gerstein Crisis Centre

Registration is now open!

This workshop discusses the different types of stress people can experience and explores the different strategies for reducing stress.

PURPOSE OF WORKSHOP

  • Stress and its impact.
  • Mindfulness and changing the way we think.
  • Ways of reducing stress.

October 23rd, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Gerstein Crisis Centre at 100 Charles Street East.

For more information, email peerzonegcc@gmail.com

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