PO Box 681
Professional Facilitator for Mental Health Support Groups
Nature and Scope:
Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Health, Addiction and Mental Health Branch, the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA) is able to provide low-cost support groups throughout the year for people both directly and indirectly affected by eating disorders. At this time, EDSNA is looking for more professionals to join as contracted facilitators to help us offer these support groups for clients with eating disorders, as well as their parents, friends, family, and other loved ones.
These support groups are sub-clinical. Participants can expect to receive information, coping strategies, and peer support from participating in such groups. EDSNA aims to create validating group experience, rooted in the belief that everyone has the wisdom to determine the best route for themselves to recovery. Groups are a place of mutual respect, open communication and safety; a place where the participant is surrounded by people who ‘get it’ and the facilitator plays an important role but is not the only teacher in the room.
Please note: EDSNA provides professionally facilitated support groups - not group therapy.
Programs by EDSNA are:
- Professionally facilitated
- Client centered, and tailored to meet client needs while staying respectful of individual diversity
- Intended to support those wishing to continue on the path of recovery in a safe, non-judgmental environment
- Professional designation and registration with the appropriate regulatory organization
- Occupational Therapist
- Social worker
- Registered nurse or nurse practitioner
- Experience working professionally with eating disorders, and the ability to provide current and accurate information around eating disorders
- Previous experience facilitating support groups or therapy groups
Role & Expectations:
- Guide, inform, empower, prompt, and reframe conversations around mental health and eating disorder recovery.
- Ensure all members are enabled to participate in the group.
- Manage conflict within the group
- Ensure the focus remains on meeting the needs of the group, and not on needs of one or two individuals in the group.
- Help the group to function in a healthy and productive manner.
- Work cooperatively with other EDSNA staff, facilitators and Board to foster continued improvement of programming
- Be respectful of other treatment professionals who may also be working with (or have worked with) the participants. EDSNA has a policy of collaboration and professional respect, which must be maintained at all times in group discussions.
Terms of Employment:
- The term of each individual contract will be 7-9 weeks unless otherwise specified. Each program is contracted independently of all others.
- Number of programs/year is based on facilitator and rental space availability, with an average of 12 programs run by EDSNA in a calendar year (not per facilitator).
- The facilitator will be paid $100/hr for direct contact time (support groups are 2 hours in length) plus a maximum of 4 hours of preparation time for each 7-9 week program, for a maximum of $2200 per program.
- Facilitators must submit an invoice following completion of the program.
- Facilitators are required to carry their own personal liability insurance.
- Participant Requests for Treatment:
- It is not uncommon for participants to request to see facilitators as patients outside of the group setting. It is critical that this is participant-initiated. To ensure a balanced group dynamic, it is strongly suggested that no patient-therapist relationship begin until after the conclusion of the program.
- EDSNA does not require a diagnosis or referral to attend support groups; these groups are open to people with any type of eating disorder, and are not segregated by symptomatology.
- At this time, all support groups are 18+.
- Facilitator Self-Disclosure:
- If the facilitator has recovered from an eating disorder and wishes to share this information, the facilitator can become a very powerful, tangible symbol of hope. This is absolutely not an expectation and is left wholly to the discretion of the facilitator. Why, how, when, and if this information is shared must be carefully considered by the facilitator to ensure that it is for group benefit.
If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Recruitment for these positions is ongoing until further notice.
We appreciate your interest in the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA). However, only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. EDSNA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to providing employment opportunities to all individuals. EDSNA is not currently accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms. Only those candidates permissible to work in Canada are applicable for this position.
No one should face an eating disorder alone.
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