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Aboriginal Traditional Wellness Counsellor

Psychology/Counselling/Social Work
Regular Full Time
Sheldon M Chumir Health Centre
2013-01-14  Time: 23:59

Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Reporting to the Manager of the Elbow River Healing Lodge (ERHL). The position is responsible for the following roles and responsibilities:
1. Direct provision of spiritual, educational, and cultural support to Aboriginal patients and families through individual and group counseling, including (but not limited to) the following activities:
  • establish and maintain supportive relationships with patients and families
  • assess, where appropriate, the impacts of multi-generational trauma and assisting with the healing process
  • raise patients’ awareness regarding traditional healing practices and options available
  • foster respect for and increased knowledge of Aboriginal worldviews, cultural values, and traditional principles of wellness among patients and staff
  • provide, where appropriate, referral support to connect patients and families to culturally safe resources and services
  • complete and maintain detailed patient reports and service logs (i.e., type of service offered, duration of visit, progress notes, care plan, referrals, etc.)
  • participate, where appropriate, in case consultations with other health care providers to facilitate the spiritual and traditional wellness needs of clients

    2. Coordination and facilitation of healing circles and other formal ceremonial healing events on a regular and patient-requested basis, including (but not limited to) the following activities:
  • facilitate smudges, prayers, and other healing ceremonies and occasionally for organized special events
  • educate patients and staff about cultural and traditional protocols to ensure that the ceremonial space, sacred objects, and processes are appropriately regarded
  • coordinate traditional wellness appointments with patients and a regular schedule of services to ensure that various types of healing sessions are offered (i.e., weekly smudges, crisis intervention, routine education sessions, seasonal events, etc.)
  • generally provide leadership in activities and ceremonies where traditional wellness and Aboriginal approaches to healing are concerned

    3. Contribute to the development of a formalized Traditional Healing Program, including (but not limited to) the following activities:
  • provide guidance and support to the Aboriginal Health management team regarding the promotion, delivery and evaluation of traditional wellness services
  • provide advice on policy development and revisions that generally help support culturally appropriate health care for Aboriginal patients
  • act as a liaison or “bridge” between Aboriginal communities, other traditional wellness workers or specialists, and mainstream health care providers
  • participate in the development and implementation of cultural competencies to assess the performance of health service providers working with Aboriginal patients

    4. Function effectively as part of an interdisciplinary health care team, including (but not limited to) the following activities:
  • communicate effectively with co-workers to ensure that staff are updated on and encouraged to participate in traditional wellness activities
  • attend regular Aboriginal Health team meetings to share information and receive updates
  • be available to physicians and other staff for consultation concerning traditional approaches to care, ways of fostering respectful relationships, and optimal care plans for specific patient needs
  • assist in resolving ethical dilemmas that may arise in some patient care cases, including the resolution of patient complaints and/or conflicts
  • represent Aboriginal Health in a professional and positive manner when dealing with internal/external agencies

    Salary/Benefits: This position is classified as a P2-1. Minimum $55,000.00 to maximum $77,000.00 annually.
  • Post Secondary Education in Native Studies, Social Sciences, Arts, Education, Social Work or Humanities related field
  • Recognized by an Aboriginal community as being competent in the use of traditional Aboriginal practices; Having training and guidance in the use of traditional Aboriginal approaches to wellbeing; Having the ability to facilitate connection to traditional healing practices
  • Previous experience in a health care setting or in a human services field outside of health care setting, and advanced experience/knowledge of Aboriginal healing methods, culture and traditions
  • Must possess and demonstrate outstanding professional and personal ethics, compassion, empathy and respect for vulnerable and diverse clientele
  • Commitment to life-long learning
  • Knowledge and respect for the diversity of Aboriginal populations and communities
  • Knowledge of an Aboriginal language will be considered an asset
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal history, worldview, perspectives, beliefs/values, culture and traditions and spirituality is required
  • Knowledge and ability to teach and provide use of traditional Aboriginal protocol, traditional medicines, and Aboriginal Healing methods
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal resources will be considered an asset
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a health care team
  • Critical thinking and problem solving abilities
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with others
  • Demonstrates good written skills and use of relevant computer software

  • AHS values the diversity of the people and communities we serve, and is committed
    to attracting, engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.

    Please submit one application for each position desired as copies of applications will not be submitted for multiple postings on your behalf. Applications must include skills and ability for the position, since selection is based on information provided in the application. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for applying with the AHS!

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