Mental Health Worker

Ontario Native Women's Association
Greenstone, ON

Mental Health Worker

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is currently accepting applications for a full time position of Mental Health Worker in Greenstone (1). 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 community members
  • 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 community members 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 community member 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 community members, 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 community members in accordance with the Mental Health Act; ensuring necessary collaboration with community resources and advocacy occurs with or on behalf of community members
  • 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

AUTHORITY: To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description.

ACCOUNTABILITY: 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.