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Company Name:
CMHA Calgary Region
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Education and Research
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Youth Recovery Trainer (Daytime/Evening work)

Are you a dynamic, committed individual looking to make a difference in the lives of members of our community?

The Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region is a leader in promoting mental health and wellness through comprehensive community-based services for individuals, families, groups and organizations.  Established in Calgary in 1955, we are a community based organization that provides mental health education and support services. We are currently accepting applications for the position title below:

In return for your commitment: CMHA offers their employees a competitive salary, work/life balance, career planning as well as professional development opportunities. Come and work with other amazing individuals that are as committed to helping, learning and growing as you are!

POSITION TITLE:              Recovery Trainer                                         

JOB STATUS:                     Full-Time Permanent 

HOURS:                             Daytime (with some Evening work required)

SUMMARY:                       The Recovery Trainer is responsible for the delivery of evidenced-based skills, educational workshops and interventions, using a recovery focused approach to a variety of target groups, but primarily focused on engaging and educating youth (13 – 15 years) and emerging adults (16 – 24 years).  Workshops will support resiliency and prevention education strategies resulting in increased knowledge of mental health, addiction and trauma and improved help-seeking skills. The position will work collaboratively with trained Peer Support Workers, providing increased access for individuals, youth and families needing informal and formal resources and support. 


  • An undergraduate degree in a social service, health or education field.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of issues relating to supporting people with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction.
  • Three (3) years of experience working in the mental health/addiction sector, with a deep commitment to and understanding of the recovery model.
  • Understanding and experience working within a peer support model.
  • Access to reliable vehicle for delivery across the city.
  • Lived experience of a mental health and/or addiction issue would be considered an asset.
  • ASIST training or previous experience working with people in crisis or experiencing suicidal feelings is considered an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience in group/classroom facilitation and experience with a broad audience, with a special focus on children and young adults.
  • Knowledge and experience in prevention, engagement, and promotion in mental health, demonstrating strong collaborative and relationship skills with key stakeholders.
  • A passion for delivering recovery orientated services.
  • Cultural competency in working with diverse groups.

Client Service Responsibilities:

  • Provide recovery based workshops and deliver sessions to children and youth in schools, university, the CMHA Recovery College and in the community.
  • Provide group recovery and skills training sessions for people living with mental health and/or addiction in the CMHA Recovery College.
  • Research, tailor and design curriculum, ensuring they meet target population and community need, in collaboration with Peer Support Workers and Recovery College learners.
  • Co-facilitate sessions, courses and drop in groups across all four quadrants of the city.
  • Promote the recovery philosophy and empower people with skills to become part of a supportive and engaged community.
  • Participate in coalition building and networking with community groups and individuals to further the recovery movement through a community development model.
  • Assist with the development of engagement strategies with hard to reach and underserved groups including but not limited to; youth, seniors and ethno-cultural groups.
  • Compile appropriate and meaningful community resources for group participants.


  • Ability to create a safe environment for youth.
  • Ability to research and create courses to meet community and population specific needs in collaboration with Peer Support Workers.
  • Excellent public speaking, group facilitation, training and communication skills.
  • Ability to engage with children and youth.
  • Experience supporting youth, indigenous or ethno-cultural groups considered an asset.
  • You are a self-starter and are able to apply a critical lens to program delivery and design.
  • Work using a community development lens in program delivery.
  • A deep commitment to, and understanding of, the recovery model, harm reduction philosophy, strengths based and empowerment approach.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc. 


Qualified applicants should click on Apply Now link below this posting to complete the Application Online Form along with uploading your cover letter and your resume to Human Resources Calgary at [email protected] Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of education credentials upon hire and complete a criminal record check. 

Thank you for your interest.
While we appreciate all the submitted applications,
we will only contact the candidates considered for this position.
We will post this position until suitable candidate is selected.