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Indigenous Alcohol and Drug Worker

Program Coordinators: Conrad Ritchie

Contact Email(s): iaaw@mwikwedong.com

Phone: 519-371-1147 ext 236

 

About

About the Program

To ensure the provision of culturally-appropriate mental health and addictions support services to urban Indigenous community members. The program will be designed to address individual, family, and community mental health and addiction needs utilizing a wholistic approach to care (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual).

Services include but not limited to:

Conducts peer-counseling sessions and case management services for direct-service users.

Provides culture-based intervention services including but not limited to: arranging healing ceremonies, sweat lodge ceremonies, utilizing recognized Elders/Traditional teachers in the counselling session, etc.

Conducts or organizes group counseling and/or psychoeducational workshops for direct-service users and interested community members such as talking/sharing circles, teaching circles, positive self- esteem, healthy relationships, etc.

Supports individuals, families or communities who request assistance or information concerning mental health and addictions treatment programs and services.

Designs, develops and delivers mental health and addiction educational presentations and information materials to individuals, families, community organizations and services.

Provides wrap-around services and a strengths-based action plan for each individual direct-service user; to address goals in the areas of mental health pre-treatment, treatment and aftercare planning.

Promotes awareness and ensures access to the program through a variety of outreach efforts and promotional activities.

Conducts strengths and needs assessments for direct-service users and to develop plans of care to meet the needs and goals of those in the program.

Refers direct-service users to appropriate community resources and arranges transportation or accompany direct-service users to appointments as needed.

Networks with Indigenous and non-Indigenous agencies and services to promote and provide services for direct-service users who need treatment and healing from dealing with mental health, addiction, and other prolonged problems.

Integrates with internal and external partners to promote culturally appropriate program activities that minimises stigma surrounding mental health and addictions for individuals, families, and communities.

Communicates with Friendship Centre staff members, community professionals, and other service providers to ensure that services for direct-service user are coordinated.

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