Braiding the Sweetgrass is a program offered to Indigenous families in Calgary by Hull Services. This program guides Indigenous families through the effects of intergenerational trauma (IGT) to a place of well-being. In Braiding the Sweetgrass (BTS), families experience culture, community and reconnection on their journey of healing. The primary goal of BTS is to create a foundation upon which we can build a future for healthy Indigenous families, free from the trauma cycle. Hull has developed this unique approach blending Traditional healing practices and Western understanding of brain development and the effects of trauma. Elders are important wisdom keepers of Traditional knowledge and a team of selected Elders from a variety of tribes have been integral contributors to the development and delivery of the program. Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) has provided the lens for understanding trauma and working with culture to heal the effects of IGT.
Braiding the Sweetgrass is looking for a full-time Facilitator. This position will work in an unstructured work week, including evenings and weekends in order to accommodate family visits, group and community gatherings. BTS Facilitators work in collaboration with the Program Coordinator, Program Director, Indigenous Resource Coordinator and other program Facilitators to effectively develop and deliver programming.
Hull Services is a Registered Charitable organization that provides an integrated continuum of services including specialized therapy, counselling and education for children, youth and families who may experience emotional and psychological disorders, mental illness, behavioural and developmental challenges.
We view our employees as our strength and are committed to professional growth, competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, and a supportive team environment.
- Facilitation of programming as set out in the Braiding the Sweetgrass Program design, objectives, and with consideration for unique needs of persons served.
- Work with Elders and clinical specialists to integrate Traditional and Western approaches to programming and well-being.
- Ensure effective administration of the program by actively participating in team meetings and preparation for all program related activities (i.e., marketing, recruiting, intake, data collection, etc.).
- Plan and/or support extended opportunities for past participants that may include monthly gatherings, access to Elders, ceremony, mentorship programs, workshops and community engagement.
- Plan and deliver content specific programming to participants according to program mandate.
- Writing debriefing notes following each programming session specific to participants.
- Engaging in home visits with participants in between programming dates.
- Creating and keeping current and up to date persons served files according to CARF guidelines.
- Providing advocacy for persons served in the Indigenous community and beyond.
- Enhances cultural connections for families.
- Degree in Human Services or a related field.
- At least 2 years of relevant experience.
- Well-developed time management and communication skills.
- Ability to work well in a team environment as well as independently.
- Demonstrated organizational, administrative and ability to manage multiple projects and tasks.
- Demonstrated initiative and reliability.
- Extensive knowledge of Indigenous culture(s).
- Extensive knowledge of intergenerational trauma -- the causes and the impacts.
- Open to participation in activities, ceremonies and practices to promote well-being and Indigenous culture.
- Can work in a culturally diverse Indigenous program in a non-Indigenous specific organization.
- Understanding or open to learning NMT and brain development concepts as it relates to trauma.
- A solid network of relationships with other family serving organizations, and the Indigenous community and resources.
- Clear Police Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, Child Intervention Record Check.
- Valid Driver’s License and ability to drive Agency vehicles.
- Flexibility and availability for evening and weekend work.
Please direct your resume and cover letter, indicating “Your Name – BTS Facilitator” in the subject line of your e-mail to: email@example.com
This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.
We thank all applicants who are interested in this position; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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