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Alzheimer Society of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District Published: January 11, 2018
Sault Ste Marie, Canada
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Job Title : Behaviour Support Facilitator

Job Status : Full Time

Starting Wage: TBD + benefits + group RRSP contribution

Reports To : Executive Director

Hours of Work: 8:30 – 4:30 weekdays; ability to work outside of regular hours is a job requirement when necessitated by client needs

Job Location : Sault Ste. Marie

About BSO : 

Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) is a service enhancement that has been implemented across Ontario since 2012. The three pillars that support BSO are (1) System Coordination & Management

(2) Integrated Service Delivery: Intersectoral & Interdisciplinary

(3) Knowledgeable Care Teams and Capacity Building

As such, the North East BSO (NE BSO) team is supported through positions hosted throughout the health care continuum in a variety of health professions. The Behaviour Support Facilitator (BSF) holds multiple accountabilities to the Alzheimer Society Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma District, NE BSO, and the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN). Direct supports and accountability for this position will be provided by the Executive Director for the Alzheimer Society and indirect reporting accountabilities and supports will be guided by NE BSO and NE LHIN.

The BSF participates as an active member of the local/regional Integrated Response Team by providing behavioural older adults with responsive behaviours in the community and in Long-term care (LTC) through support/education for care partners of:


  • Accepting and managing referrals from the regional central intake office with a focus on supporting the care partner
  • Commitment to maintaining accurate, complete, organized, legible clinical records
  • Actively participating in regular inter-agency clinical huddles with the NE BSO Integrated Response Team (IRT) and communicating on a regular basis with team members and care partners
  • Supporting transitions for BSO patients and their care partners in collaboration with the embedded teams within the LTCH and other stakeholders
  • Administering and analyzing specified tools (e.g. Zarit, PIECES of my PERSONHOOD…) to serve as key baseline data for enhanced care planning for both the caregiver and older adult;
  • Collaborating with the Integrated Response Team (IRT) on scheduled visits to observe the older adult, together with his/her caregiver(s) in their home environment; wherever they may reside
  • Providing ongoing and regular education/coaching to caregivers with regard to responsive behaviour prevention/management/system navigation strategies;
  • Provide ongoing and regular support to care partners regarding the management and prevention of compassion fatigue
  • Working with the Alzheimer Society (e.g. First Link) and other key partners (e.g. NELHIN Home & Community Care) to determine/create pathways for enhanced service opportunities;
  • Ongoing engagement and participation with the Provincial and Regional Lived Experience Network
  • Engaging in, or leading applicable regional projects and change initiatives, e.g. Peer to Peer Personhood Guiding Principles.
  • Active participation in the NEBSO regional structure, including all applicable continuing professional development opportunities
  • Other duties as required.

Core Qualifications:

  1. Post-secondary education in a health and/or social science program, certification in a recognized regulated health care profession (i.e., RPN, SSW)
  2. Minimum of 2 years’ experience working with older adults who have a neurocognitive disorder and/or mental health disorder.
  3. Applied knowledge and practical skills in counseling
  4. Current Standard First Aid/CPR certification.
  5. Valid driver’s license, regular access to a vehicle, and verification that the vehicle is insured for work purposes is required.
  6. Knowledge and understanding of all pertinent legislation and policies, including Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes Act, the Personal Health Information and Protection Act (PHIPA, 2004), the Mental Health Act.
  7. Proficient advanced computer skills
  8. Bilingualism (English/French) is an asset

Additional Training/Certificates Preferred:

  1. Certification in U-First and/or P.I.E.C.E.S
  2. Completion of Gentle Persuasive Approaches basic training
  3. Completion of Montessori Methods or Dementiability Methods for Dementia Care
  4. Completion of Mental Health First Aid for Seniors Training.
  5. Completion of Teepa Snow Certification Training
  6. San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, or other Indigenous cultural safety training
  7. Basic Counseling Skills Training

Additional Attributes:

  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge working with individuals with various forms of dementia, delirium, mental health, substance abuse, other neurological conditions, including those with or at risk of responsive behaviours and the effects on care partners.
  • Demonstrated understanding that all behaviour has meaning, reflected in practice
  • Ability to positively represent/advocate on behalf of BSO in public forums/committees
  • Commitment to knowledge exchange as a means of continuous quality improvement education/coaching, and capacity building among the individual, family, and system of care
  • Demonstrated skills in data collection and program evaluation
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a team member through collaboration, respect and effective communication skills in interacting with individuals, family members, other members of inter-professional care teams and community stakeholders
  • Ability to adapt positively and productively to changes in the work environment
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills: with a focus on non-stigmatization
  • Thorough knowledge of community resources and navigating the health care system
  • Demonstrated applied knowledge in recovery/personhood philosophy
  • Demonstrated awareness and competency regarding cultural diversity
  • Ability to implement best practice strategies to effectively identify, assess, manage and/or prevent compassion fatigue

Note that an offer of employment will be conditional upon a satisfactory police records check.

Please send letter of application and resume to: 

Alzheimer Society of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District

Attention: Terry Caporossi, Executive Director

341 Trunk Road,

Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 3S9

Application deadline: January 26, 2018

We thank all who apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.