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Program Engagement Co-Facilitator

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted September 13, 2023.


Program Engagement Co-Facilitator
Clinical Research, Child Youth & Emerging Adult Program

Position Description

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is currently seeking a casual Program Engagement Co-Facilitator. Reporting to the Director, Clinical Research, with functional reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI: Louise Gallagher) and working closely with the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health Youth Engagement Initiative Coordinator and as part of a team, the successful candidate will draw from their own lived/living experience with mental health and/or substance use challenges, including psychosis (patient, consumer, survivor, service user, family member) as well as a broader system level perspective within system and service planning, education and research activities at CAMH and in the broader community.

The Co-Facilitator will work alongside service providers, education and research staff to ensure that project and program goals, staffing, activities and outcomes are more relevant and better reflect the needs of people with lived/living experience. As part of their role, the Co-Facilitator will support a 5-year research study in youth and adolescents with mental health multimorbidity. This project aims to provide a deeper understanding of the trajectories of youth seeking mental health care as they navigate key transition points in their development. This goal will be achieved by including sampling from a diverse range of clinical services, standardized data collection and deep phenotyping of select clinical cohorts of youth (aged 11-25 years) and will support modular clinical trials.

The Co-Facilitator will be responsible for co-facilitating advisory group meetings, focus groups and consultations with broader groups of people with lived/living expertise, including supporting a network of Advisors at CAMH. Co-Facilitators will work alongside the Youth Engagement Coordinator and additional staff to provide mentorship for Advisors so they are able to actively participate and represent a service user perspective in program activities. The Co-Facilitator will also contribute to knowledge translation and education activities, including the development of trainings, infographics, tip sheets, webinars, videos, etc. The Co-Facilitator will support social media and website engagement and will be responsible for contributing to blog posts and developing newsletters. Successful candidates will also support administrative tasks related to engagement activities as needed, including the recruitment and onboarding of new Advisors.

Successful applicants will support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements. This position is located at 80 Workman Way, although some of the work may take place at 250 College Street and in community settings. This role will require occasional evening and weekend hours.


The Co-Facilitator will have one (1) year experience supporting/connecting with people with lived/living experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges. The Co-Facilitator will be a youth/young adult (aged 18-29) and will have lived/living experience as a recipient of mental health and/or substance use services (patient, consumer, survivor, service user, family member), preferably for psychosis. Co-Facilitators will have prior experience working with youth/young adults. Experience belonging to groups, agencies or organizations related to peer support, consumer survivor initiatives is an asset. Familiarity with the mental health and substance use field and proven experience in facilitating focus groups or other consultations with a broad range of participants is considered an asset. Experience with or interest in neuroimaging and genetics research is desirable.

Experience in supporting safe and meaningful engagement and being open to diverse ways of thinking about, understanding and articulating issues related to mental health and addictions is an asset. Proven verbal and written communication skills are required. Professionalism, a positive attitude, and the ability to work effectively as a team member as well as independently are all requirements. Experience of working within a co-creation model, where power-sharing and inclusion among a diverse group of experts are integral to the success of the project, is an asset. Experience in working within participatory action research and/or patient-oriented research is desirable. Successful candidates will possess strong organizational and time management skills. The ability to work with stakeholders of diverse ethno-racial and cultural backgrounds is essential, as is an appreciation of diversity. A high degree of familiarity with MS Office, e-mail and social media are required. Bilingualism (French/English) or proficiency in a second language would be considered an asset.

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Please Note: This casual position is part of the OPSEU Bargaining Unit.

Salary Range: $22.92 – $28.28 per hour

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CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.