ENVIROS – Who We Are:
Enviros is an innovative social services agency that provides critical, individualized programs to children, youth, adults, and families in vulnerable situations to meet their desired outcomes and wellness.
Enviros helps our clients make strength-based changes to move to independence within a healthy community.
Enviros focuses programs on the unique needs of individual clients practicing experiential learning to provide opportunities for personal discovery and growth.
Enviros focus is on building relationships and is the foundation of the work we do. This enables clients to develop skills, healthy trust, and independence.
Since our founding in 1976, Enviros has been an early adopter of new evidence-based best practices and has developed and informed other leading practices.
Why People Choose Enviros
Simply stated, our vision is: “The Power of Human Relationships Invites Belonging and Inspires Growth”. Enviros’ vision, mission, and values inform our decisions and guide the direction that we take, and they can be found on our website.
Enviros Principles of Practice
Enviros’ Principle Based Practice is a model that utilizes principles to guide and drive action in practice, a decision-making tool in our interventions addressing critical areas of need, and the foundational structure of support for the crucial work we do incorporating strengths and culture into our day-to-day interactions. This model utilizes core principles to ensure a holistic approach is taken when supporting people. It ensures there is direction from the person served and an integrated planning mechanism where natural supports are present. This practice supports individuals to reach their vision for themselves and reduce reliance on systems. Enviros developed our principles to reach across the organization and to be applicable in all areas of our service delivery continuum. They represent our core beliefs in supporting people. The definition and resulting action of principles are interwoven into the therapeutic models in each program and create a basis for implementation of other leading practices. Our nine principles can be found on our website.
The Program – Shunda Creek Recovery Center
Shunda Creek Recovery Center is a 12 week live in, Adventure Therapy Addiction recovery program. Shunda Creek Recovery Center serves 18-24 yrs. old males who have substance abuse issues and who often struggle with diagnosed/undiagnosed mental health concerns. Shunda Creek has been providing treatment since 2009 and operates 85 km west of Rocky Mountain House in the Nordegg Alberta area. The site is 3 hours SW of Edmonton, 3 hours NW of Calgary and 2 hours west of Red Deer. Shunda Creek is open to all males 18-24 years of age within Alberta.
Enviros Shunda Creek Recovery Center, funded by Alberta Health Services, is currently a 10-bed facility. The program is projected to move late April early May 2023 to a newer site west of the current location and expand the bed capacity to 18.
Enviros Shunda Creek Recovery is an adventure therapy recovery program that utilizes intensive wilderness and adventure-based programming coupled with a live-in treatment approach to help Clients understand and moderate their addiction. Shunda’s philosophical approach is based on the concept that professional and clinical staff are not “the expert.” The staff leaders do not know what a client should do and cannot tell them how they should change. Instead, staff invite the new participant into a process of shared journey and discovery. Staff walk alongside s as they learn about themselves, their addiction, and about whom they want to become. Staff are deliberate and intentional in recognizing power differentials and work to take responsibility for this differential in compassionate, intentional, and attentive ways. Clients, clinicians, and staff “journey” together to meet client needs. Shunda Creeks approach to adventure therapy capitalizes on its remote location to use client-driven and mindfulness-based adventure experiences (MBEs). Shunda integrates MBEs throughout treatment to help Clients be present, open, and aware of their substance use treatment/recovery process. MBEs facilitated in adventure environments might include reflective practices like meditation, yoga, sweats, solos, and silent hiking in nature. Most often they involve multi-day back country challenges. These trips that are referred to as “mindfulness in action” are client-initiated staff supported and designed with planned goals, themes, and foci.
The Position – Shift Supervisor
As the Shunda Creek Recovery Shift Supervisor your primary responsibility is to support the delivery of an adventure therapy addiction recovery program in accordance with agency directives, policies, priorities within the Service Operating Requirements as agreed upon within our contract with Alberta Health Services. In partnership with the Program Supervisor, Manager, and Therapist you must ensure the daily program activities are in compliance with accreditation, Provincial licensing and wilderness industry standards so as to ensure an integrated, effective and therapeutic service. As the Shift Supervisor you are responsible for using an experiential approach, adventure therapy, principle based and trauma informed philosophy to ensure programming is intentional and safe. This position is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day delivery of programming, scheduling of group, therapeutic activities, coordinating wilderness trips within the daily schedule, scheduling staff for client pick up in Red Deer and the overnight at the intake site. This position is responsible for many of the camp logistics that include supply orders of food, medication, first aid kits, ensure wilderness gear meets industry standards and that the audit is accurate and well supplied for Clients. This position includes mentoring of staff, performance management in consultation with the Program Supervisor performance evaluation and feedback. Where qualified may include facilitating wilderness trips, mentoring, and assessing potential trip leads and seconds. Shunda Creeks approach to adventure therapy capitalizes on its remote location to use client-driven and mindfulness-based adventure experiences (MBEs). Shunda integrates MBEs throughout treatment to help Clients be present, open, and aware of their substance use treatment/recovery process. MBEs facilitated in adventure environments might include reflective practices like meditation, yoga, sweats, solos, and silent hiking in nature. Most often they involve multi-day back country challenges. These trips that are referred to as “mindfulness in action” are client-initiated staff supported and designed with planned goals, themes, and foci.
The position may include group facilitation of recovery work, overnight intakes at our intake site, working with Clients and staff members to develop and implement treatment plans that address the needs of each client.
The position is 7 days on 7 days off, 16-hour shifts. Staff stay on site for rotation.
- Degree or Diploma is Social Work or Human Services
- Registration in relevant professional associations or colleges.
- One to three years’ experience as an addiction support worker.
- 1 year experience at Shunda Creek preferred.
- Two to three years exposure and experience with Experiential Learning
- One to two years exposure Adventure Therapy
- Dispute resolution skills
- A current criminal record check including vulnerable sector (completed within the last 6 months)
- A current Alberta Intervention Record check (completed within the last 12 months)
- A current First Aid and CPR/AED ‘C’ certificate
- A Class 4 or 5 Driver’s License (Class 5 GDL will not be accepted)
- 5-year drivers abstract with no major violations (such as a DUI or Distracted Driving charge)
- Equivalencies considered with relevant life and/or work experience.
For Consideration Applicants Will Need to Demonstrate the Following
In carrying out your responsibilities as program therapist, you are expected to represent an agency perspective in all your communications and actions.
- Ensure Clients have a voice and choice in their treatment.
- Support staff in developing positive and professional relationships with Clients.
- Consult with Program Supervisor, Manager and Therapists (as appropriate) regarding overall therapeutic delivery of program.
- Ensure treatment teams are consistent in the therapeutic direction set for individual Clients.
- Provide mentoring and support to the staff team, assisting staff in acquiring further knowledge regarding mental health and how it impacts Clients in treatment.
- Support connection to the client family through phone or video calls, scheduled time with family therapist and supporting the quarterly family treatment weekends at Shunda Creek.
- Provide phone support and relevant referral support to Alumni who call into Shunda Creek
- Consult with Alberta Health Services regarding intakes and scheduling for intakes.
- Ensure that all relevant documentation is completed including research, case planning, CIR’s, home visits and daily case notes.
- Ensure all Wilderness staff are trained to industry standards.
- Ensure that all aspects of Adventure therapy meet acceptable therapeutic standards in collaboration with the Wilderness Facilitator and Program Supervisor.
- Ensure your practice adheres to OH&S standards.
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, attention: Bev Oldham. Quote job reference # 2314. Competition for this posting close on: March 25, 2023.
Enviros believes in the power of diversity, and we are dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. We ensure equal opportunity for all applicants and encourage people of all visible minorities, including Indigenous applicants, and those of any religion, sex, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to apply.
Additionally, Enviros is committed to having a workforce of skilled and diversified representation of the population we serve. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however in our commitment to the population we serve, preference will be given to candidates self-identifying as an Indigenous Person.
Enviros is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We regret that we are unable to accept telephone inquiries.