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Peer Support Worker (team leaders of peer mentors for 2019-20)

The Stay Connected Mental Health Project and NSCAD University - Halifax
Salary $5000 total for the year
Posting Date January 28, 2019
Closing Date March 1, 2019

Strengthening peer support on university campuses is an important component of the Stay Connected Mental Health Project. Each of the five partner universities will receive funding for two Student Peer Support Workers for the duration of the Project. The Stay Connected Mental Health Project is an initiative of the Nova Scotia Health Authority Mental Health and Addictions Program and is supported by the QEII Health Sciences Foundation in partnership with the IWK and our partner universities. The Student Peer Support Worker position is as follows.

Position Summary
• Form a supportive, coaching relationship with a student who has a mental health problem.
• Provide support by modeling positive personal coping strategies and academic success skills.
• Support a fellow student by facilitating self-reflection and growth, building confidence, and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and positive coping strategies, within the parameters of a peer support relationship.
• Encourage the access of mental health services, if required.


• Participate in weekly peer support activities which may involve drop in centre, structured group setting or meeting with an individual student. Commitment of 7 hours per week on average required.
• Participate in all mandatory training sessions offered throughout the duration of the contract.
• Meet twice a month with the Program Coordinator or Campus Support Person and submit weekly logs of support sessions, or as determined by these two entities.
• Attend monthly campus team meetings
• Attend support network meetings with all student peer support workers across the 5 partner universities (approx. every 4 weeks)
• Address any concerns with the peer you are supporting and promptly notify the Program Coordinator or Campus Support Person of any issues. Concerns might include: decrease in student's physical or mental health or concerns for safety.
• Adhere to program policies regarding confidentiality and boundaries.
• Contribute to the planning, organizing and /or co-delivery of Mental Health 101 presentation to staff and faculty on home campus.
• Adhere to University policies.

Benefits for Student Peer Support Worker
• Training in: mental health education, peer helping skills, responding to a mental health crisis, positive coping strategies, learning strategies, and stigma.
• Opportunity for self-reflection and personal growth.
• Develop transferable skills relevant to future career aspirations (teaching, counseling, health promotion, and other “helping” roles).
• Student Peer Support Workers who successfully complete the program will receive a $5000.00 honorarium for the work term of August 26, 2019 - April 19, 2020 (34 weeks).

• 2nd year or above with a strong academic standing in 2018/19
• Available to attend approximately 25 hours of training August 27-29, 2019 (Halifax)
• Available to provide weekly peer support
• Registered and attending classes

Skills and Experience

• Interest in providing personal support to a fellow student
• Strong communication and problem solving skills
• Ability to listen and convey empathy and acceptance
• Self-reflective, mature, and reliable
• A high degree of self-awareness and capacity to apply appropriate boundaries
• Experience providing personal support and forming helping relationships an asset (mentoring, tutoring, or coaching)
• Experience with peer support modalities, whether receiving support or in a leadership role an asset
• Experience with overcoming a personal, mental health or academic challenge. Personal experience with overcoming a mental health challenge is considered an asset; please self-disclose.
• Awareness and sensitivity to diversity and equity issues
• A valid criminal record check
• Awareness of on campus resources

Other Information
Title: Student Peer Support Worker
Dept: Office of Student Experience & the Stay Connected Mental Health Project
Full/Part: Part-time (must be available to attend all training on August 27th, 28th & 29th, and to attend regular (every 3-4 weeks) peer network meetings
Salary: Honorarium
Location: Locations on-campus
Closing Date: March 1th, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
Applications to or in person to the Office of Student Experience (Room D200)

How To Apply
Contact: Bill Travis

By email

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