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Traditional Healer
Aboriginal Services

Position Description
Aboriginal Services is a culturally integrated program for the healing and recovery of First Nations, Inuit and Métis clients and patients with substance use and mental health concerns. Aboriginal Services is currently seeking a full-time, permanent Traditional Healer to provide individual and group based traditional teachings, spiritual counselling, cultural supports and healing ceremonies for clients, patients and families. The Traditional Healer will have access to a Ceremony Room as well as Ceremony Grounds with a Sweat Lodge, Sacred Fire and medicine gardens in order to support their work.

Reporting to the Manager of Aboriginal Services, the Traditional Healer will work collaboratively and alongside the interprofessional team which includes Indigenous social workers, a Traditional Healer, an Advance Practice Clinical Leader, a psychiatrist and student learners. The candidate will support other CAMH inpatient and outpatient programs including Medical Withdrawal Service, Concurrent Addiction Inpatient Treatment Service, Telemental Health and Forensic Services to provide advocacy, consultation and support to Indigenous clients across the hospital.

The Traditional Healer will work with clients with diverse backgrounds, cultural belief systems and from various communities including on reserve, urban and northern communities. This includes people who may identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis, Two-Spirit or along the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Support of a harm reduction approach in the treatment of substance use and mental health concerns in a hospital environment is a requirement.

The Traditional Healer may also be required to speak at public events within CAMH and externally in order to provide education on Indigenous issues as well as their role within Aboriginal Services. The Traditional Healer will contribute to Aboriginal Services program development and processes, research activities, evaluation, continuous quality improvement and accommodating students’ requests for observation, training and education. The candidate will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork, collaboration and complies with all applicable regulatory requirements as well as CAMH policies and procedures.  Workload data entry and client documentation is a job requirement.  Ability to work flexible/evening hours may be a requirement. Other related duties may be assigned as required. This position is located at 60 White Squirrel Way, but may include travel to other areas within Ontario.

The successful candidate will be a First Nations, Inuit or Métis person who is recognized as a Traditional Healer by the Indigenous community. The successful candidate will hold at least 7 years of experience providing cultural support to people with substance use and mental health concerns. Demonstrated skills and knowledge applying traditional healing practices within a hospital or clinical environment is considered an asset. You will be able to conduct ceremonies within regulatory health requirements and according to your protocols, teachings and culture which may include but are not limited to Sweat Lodge, Full Moon, and Ancestor ceremonies. You will share with the team your knowledge in the areas of concurrent disorders, harm reduction, trauma-informed care, crisis intervention and client safety. Demonstrated skills in therapeutic engagement, conflict resolution, written and verbal communication, group facilitation and the ability to work as part of a dynamic team environment are required. Experience working with Two-Spirit, LGBTQ+ clients is an asset. This position also requires the ability to manage time, priorities, and meet administrative deadlines. Computer skills, including regular documentation on an electronic health record system, word processing, electronic communication, and imputing workload measures are required. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or First Nations, Inuit or Métis language skills would be assets.

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Please Note: This full-time, permanent position is NOT part of any bargaining unit.

Salary Range: Competitive salary and benefits package

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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.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.