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Personal Support Worker

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted September 28, 2020.

Personal Support Worker
Geriatric Mental Health Services – GAU-A
Complex Care and Recovery


Position Description:

The Geriatric Mental Health Service, Inpatient Services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is seeking part-time permanent Personal Support Worker in GAU-A. Reporting to the Senior Manager and working within the inter-professional team, you will be assigned to shifts within the Geriatric Admission Unit A (GAU-A). In this role, you will be supervised by nursing staff to carry out assigned duties, particularly through ensuring a safe environment. The successful candidate will contribute to the organization and optimal function of the units under the direction and supervision of the nursing staff, to promote and support the independence, dignity, social, emotional and cultural well-being of the clients, and to maintain a safe and therapeutic milieu. Specific tasks of the role include the provision of personal support to clients, including assisting with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs); accompanying/escorting clients on and off site for transfers, appointments and programming; maintaining close or continuous observation of clients. You are required to use least restrictive strategies in the prevention of restraint and seclusion, to help maintain safety. In addition, you will be responsible for collecting data, and communicating both verbally and in writing, behavioural observations and clients’ responses to interventions. In this role you will assume an active role in maintaining security of the program and service through your relationships with clients, as well as maintaining security through regulation of the physical environment. You will support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements. This position is located at 1001 Queen Street West.



The successful candidate will have a Personal Support Care Worker Certificate from an accredited community college or educational institute, Grade 12 education or equivalent and will possess current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Certification and First Aid certification. Knowledge of normal aging processes, mental health and psychiatric work experience (at least one year) with seniors with mental illness and/or addictions and complex medical issues are considered to be assets. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working in or have had recent clinical practicums in mental health, long term care, retirement, or rehabilitation facilities, and/or possess or be in the process of pursuing a diploma or degree in a health field. You must have knowledge of geriatric mental health and addiction and ability to manage responsive behaviour, and crisis prevention and intervention skills. Attention to detail and the ability to work with individuals from diverse ethno-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds are also required. Work conditions and physical capabilities: Candidates must be familiar with ergonomics of safe patient handling. Computer literacy is required. Must be able to work effectively in an inter-professional team, take direction well and work independently. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be an asset. All applicants offered and accepting employment must complete a Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check. The offer of employment will be conditional upon receipt of the satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check.


Please note:      This part-time permanent position in GAU-A is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit.
Salary Range:   $20.81 per hour to $25.65 per hour

CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

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 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.