Disability Support Workers (Experience with High Behaviours) - Westlock
Job Number: J0219-0192
Job Type: Permanent, Full-Time
City: Westlock, Alberta
Hours of Work Per Week: 30+
Scheduled Days & Hours Each Week: Varies; set rotation and times of services to be discussed
Number Of Positions: 2
Closing Date: February 19, 2019
Hiring Manager: Lisa LaForge - Program Director
Compensation: $17.09 - $20.00/Hour ** Complex Needs qualifies for an additional $3/hr to the regular wage**
WJS Canada offers tailored support plans to meet the emotional, behavioural and mental health needs of those we serve to help them develop socially acceptable behaviours and make connections in their communities.
Our Therapeutic Residential Homes provide long-term support to individuals with high-intensity behaviors that overwhelm traditional caregiving. These Individuals display behavior that is significantly more aggressive, self-harming, or complicated by substance abuse, mental health diagnosis or involvement with the law.
WJS Canada is hiring highly two (2) qualified Disability Support Workers for a NEW residential home in Westlock, Alberta to support one female client with high behavioural challenges. Challenging behaviors will occur on a daily basis and therefore, only applicants with previous experienced with de-escalation techniques and a minimum of 2 years experience working with individuals with significant mental health concerns, aggressive behaviors and/or trauma will be interviewed for this challenging position. Please provide a cover letter detailing your suitability for this role.
**As a Complex Needs program this qualifies for an additional $3/hr to the regular wage**
In Your Role You Will
• Support/supervise complex behavioral, emotional and social needs/development (in the residence & during community activities); observing & documenting changes
• May be required to perform physical restraints (holds) on an individual to stop an individual from violent or destructive behaviors that place themselves or others at risk.
• Use computer program to write objective daily reports.
• Use de-escalation techniques to deal with challenging behaviors on a daily basis.
• Provide individualized supports within a consistent, healthy & safe environment
• Assist with household chores (meal prep, cleaning, etc.)
• Drive person in care (in your own vehicle) within the community.
• Participate in vocational, recreational, leisure activities.
• Provide immediate support in crisis situations.
• Assist in the design, implementation & evaluation of ISPs, program specific policies & procedures.
• Connect the individual with their family, friends & community.
• Administer medication, first aid if/when necessary.
*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 3 months of hiring date) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.
As An Ideal Candidate You Possess
• Work well in an environment with potential for aggression/violence
• MUST HAVE 2 years experience working with individuals with significant mental health concerns, aggressive behaviours and/or trauma.
• Prefer a Certificate, Diploma or Degree – Disability Service Worker, Special Education or related field; Grade 12 Diploma minimum requirement;
• Valid class 5 driver license (or GDL and 2 years driving experience) with clear driving abstract and reliable vehicle
• Clear criminal record check & social services involvement check (UPLOAD COPY IF AVAILABLE)
• Current First Aid/CPR and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certification (NVCI or CPI)
• Training in Trauma Informed Practice, Medication Administration, Suicide Intervention, Behaviour Management, Conflict Resolution, Food Safe
• Confident & able to function in a crisis
What WJS Canada does
WJS Canada's mission is 'Strengthening people and communities with innovative, individualized services'. The support we provide for families, emphasizes building relationships to enhance the family's strengths and achieve goals that address their needs for support in areas of struggle. Services are individualized and based on the family's belief that their own internal resources can be strengthened and that other helpful skills can be developed. For more information on WJS, services and career opportunities, visit www.wjscanada.com
Our Employees Enjoy
At WJS Canada, trust, strong connections, innovation and results are the pillars of our mandate. We manage by developing our core strength: our people. We give employees the tools to do the job, developing their competence and their confidence, by conducting training programs to ensure professional development and build skills, employee morale, employee safety, health, loyalty and satisfaction. Developing people includes respecting employees work-life balance through flexible hours, locations and duties. We support our staff with assistance and benefit packages, innovative wellness programs and compassion for the life challenges they face.