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NSCAD University - Halifax
Overview
Salary $1000 honorarium per year (2.5 h
Posting Date February 16, 2021
Closing Date March 2, 2021


Description
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. NSCAD University is also funding 5 Peer Mentor positions, for 2.5 hours per week, for $1000 per year.
Position Summary
• Promote awareness, understanding, and literacy about student mental health on campus.
• Form supportive peer relationships to promote student mental health and wellness, within the parameters of a peer support relationship.
• Model positive personal coping strategies and academic success skills.
• Encourage the awareness of and access to mental health services, if required.

Benefits for Student Peer Mentor
• Training in: mental health education, peer helping skills, responding to a mental health crisis, positive coping 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 Mentors who successfully complete the program will receive $1000 for the work term of August 30, 2021 - April 22, 2022 (34 weeks).



Responsibilities

• Participate in weekly peer support activities which will likely include a hybrid of in person and virtual/online components. Duties may include things like drop-in office hours, creating and facilitating group programming and/or educational sessions, material development (i.e. making resource videos), promotion activities and collaborating with other university departments on programming. Commitment may include 2.5 hours per week.
• Participate in and support other initiatives as directed by the Campus Support Person
• Participate in all mandatory training sessions offered throughout the duration of the contract.
• Weekly or bi-weekly meetings with the Campus Support Person and submit weekly logs of support sessions
• Address any concerns or issues promptly with the Campus Support Person.
• 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.


Skills
Eligibility
• 2nd year or above with a strong academic standing in 2020/21
• Must be available for in person job duties on campus
• Available to attend approximately 25 hours of training on August 31, September 1 & 2, 2021. This mandatory in-person training will take place in Halifax and will involve some virtual component
• Willing to complete pre-training work over the summer, if necessary (i.e. reading, poster development, planning meetings, organizing initiatives etc.)
• Registered and attending classes

Skills and Experience
• Ability to promote mental health supports for fellow students
• Strong communication, problem solving and presentation skills
• Willingness to contribute to program development. Creativity and enthusiasm considered a strong asset
• 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 is an asset (mentoring, tutoring, or coaching)
• Experience with peer support, whether receiving support or in a leadership role, is an asset
• Experience with overcoming a personal, mental health or academic challenge
• Personal experience with overcoming a mental health challenge is considered an asset
• Awareness and sensitivity to diversity and equity issues
• Awareness of on campus resources
• Familiarity and competence with online platforms and engaging peers virtually
• A valid criminal record check


Other Information
Closing Date: Tuesday, March 2nd at 12:00 pm
Please apply with a resume, cover letter and 3 references to btravis@nscad.ca.


How To Apply
Contact: Bill Travis, Accessibility Resource Coordinator, N

By email



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