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Community Support Specialist, Counselling and Training Shkaabe Makwa


Position Description:


Shkaabe Makwa is a Centre for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness at CAMH that supports culturally relevant systems initiatives to achieve health equity and community wellness in collaboration with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and service providers across Ontario. Through the implementation of wise practices, evidence-based models, trauma-informed interventions, and the advancement of research, Shkaabe Makwa strives to transform health outcomes which harmonize traditional knowledge and medical expertise.

Shkaabe Makwa is seeking a First Nation, Inuit or Métis person for a full-time, permanent position as the Community Support Specialist, Counselling and Training. Reporting to the Manager, Workforce Development, the Community Support Specialist designs, develops and maintains training presentation materials, facilitator and learner guides as well as facilitates training around mental health, harm reduction, substance use, counselling skills and other community needs. The Community Support Specialist also offers therapeutic services and supports through CAMH’s Telemental Health program.

Working with a team of internal collaborators and external partners, the Community Support Specialist leads the design, development and delivery of high quality training curriculums and materials that are directly informed by community knowledge and culture-based clinical practice. The Community Support Specialist participates in the design, development and delivery of a range of online content including, but not limited to, websites, webinars, blogs, communities of practice and the overall Learning Management System. The Community Support Specialist contributes to programmatic and organizational support services, such as provincially-directed or community-initiated systems work as well as knowledge exchange and research activities. Candidate This position is located in Toronto and will require regular travel throughout Ontario when in-person training resumes.



This position requires the incumbent to be First Nations, Inuit or Métis. The successful candidate will possess a Master’s degree in social work, occupational therapy, psychology or a related field and be registered in good standing with their respective professional college. The candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience in the mental health and substance use field.

The candidate will be experienced in delivering effective trainings, presentations and group facilitation both in person and virtually. Other requirements include a thorough understanding of principles and practices of Indigenous engagement along with demonstrated community connections. Advanced knowledge of the impacts of intergenerational trauma, mental health assessment, treatment, intervention, group facilitation skills as well as superior verbal presentation and written communication skills are required. The incumbent will also demonstrate adaptability, flexibility, diplomacy and tact.

The incumbent will have a thorough understanding of the health, mental health and social service sector, government programs and current legislation that may affect Indigenous clients. Ability to read, understand and analyze research and grey literature and explain findings to non-academic audiences. Demonstrated success working and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams on team-based projects. Experience and ability integrating adult learning principles into curriculum design and training facilitation. Understanding of various learning delivery models including online, blended, classroom-based, synchronous and asynchronous learning environments.  Excellent planning and time management skills, with ability to multi-task, produce and coordinate projects to tight deadlines. Developed interpersonal communication skills including experience developing and maintaining partnerships and networks of significant numbers of internal and external partners. Knowledge of copyright legislation, APA style rules and copyright issues.

Bilingualism in French/English or an Indigenous language would be an asset. This position requires regular travel throughout Ontario, including remote First Nations communities.

Please Note:         This full-time, permanent position is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit.

Salary Range: $36.04 – $48.57 per hour

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CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.


As an employment equity employer CAMH actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, (including people with who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.