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Mental Health Worker

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date June 10, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Medical / Health
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
Contact Information
[email protected]


Mental Health Worker

Ottawa, Ontario


POSITION SUMMARY: The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is currently accepting applications for a full time position of Mental Health Worker in Ottawa.

The ONWA Mental Health Program will provide wholistic services that meet the needs of Indigenous women and their families through a range of services focusing on mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being through a cultural, trauma-informed, gender based and family centered approach..


  • A Bachelor’s degree is preferred but a minimum two-year Social Work Diploma with a combination of 3 years’ experience advocating and supporting Indigenous women and/or Indigenous families
  • Experience working with Indigenous populations in mental health and substance use issues
  • Knowledge of Indigenous culture, traditions, ceremony and connecting clients to cultural practices that can be used in supporting clients
  • Thorough knowledge and experience working in and with a gender based lens/perspective
  • Strong understanding of major behavioral, emotional and mental health problems and disorders of Indigenous women and their families (Including children and youth)
  • In-depth understanding of psychological, social and cognitive development
  • Ability to provide evidence based counselling support services
  • Awareness of the recent, historical and intergenerational trauma that Indigenous women and their families may have experienced, including the psychological, neurological, physiological, social and spiritual impact of trauma
  • Understanding of the principles of cultural trauma-informed care and wise practices in providing trauma-informed care
  • Excellent oral and written communications
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Experience working on a collaborative team
  • Able to manage many conflicting priorities simultaneously, with the ability to prioritize
  • Strong connection to other social service providers within the community
  • Knowledge and working of not for profit Indigenous organizations
  • Candidate must be willing to work flexible hours as needed to provide ongoing support and services to clients
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Certified in Level 1 First Aid, CPR/AED
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint,) and other computer software
  • Criminal Reference Clearance (CPIC) and Vulnerable Sector Clearance are requirements of the employment offer
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle with minimum 2 million liability insurance is required


  • Coordinate and provide counselling, consultation, clinical assessments, and follow-up for all clients in accordance with ONWA’s policies and procedures in a wholistic approach for the woman and family
  • Coordinate and provide counselling/case management to clients that are experiencing mental health issues; coordinate care with local general practitioners and make recommendations to woman and/or family regarding alternative services and other community services; and assist them in linking with these resources
  • Provide written reports, assessments and appropriate documentation in client files in keeping with the standards and procedures of ONWA
  • coordinate and facilitate access to traditional healing and other cultural programming
  • Complete all necessary program and quarterly reports accurately and on time
  • Respond appropriately and in a timely manner to crisis situations involving clients, including assessing and addressing risky behavior (self-harm, suicide)
  • Ensure the necessary collaboration and case conferencing with other relevant staff and agencies in the provision of services to clients in accordance with the Mental Health Act; ensuring necessary collaboration with community resources and advocacy occurs with or on behalf of clients
  • Provide education workshops to staff and community
  • Work collaboratively with all team members, community services and supports
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Culture – Takes personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work-related deliverables
  • Support and work towards the overall aims and objectives of the ONWA
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures


  • Complete monthly and submit to Director when required
  • Complete quarterly reports on or before the requested due date
  • Complete reports to funders as required
  • Complete and attend supervisions with Director on a regular basis
  • Other reports or admin as assigned


  • Promote the program within the community
  • To adhere to professionalism is representing the organization at all times and maintain good communications


  • Adhere to Policies and Procedures as set by the ONWA
  • Representation on committees as required for the enhancement and benefits of ONWA’s programs
  • To network and promote ONWA and all ONWA related programs
  • Adhere to professionalism at all times and maintain good communication
  • Maintain professionalism at all times
  • The completion of functions outlined in the description and the achievement of goals set to a high level
  • Attendance and conduct at work according to the requirements of the Association’s Personnel Policy
  • Adherence to the Code of Ethics, and positive relationship building


To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description.


The Mental Health Worker will be directly accountable to the Community Development Manager for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.



Applicants are asked to apply in confidence through our website (, or submit a resume and cover letter to the attention of:

Human Resources
Ontario Native Women’s Association
380 Ray Boulevard
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 4E6
Fax: (807) 623-1104
Email: [email protected]


Indigenous Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted.

A job description is available upon request.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

ONWA offers a very competitive compensation package including full benefits,
generous vacation allowance and savings plan.

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