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Disability Service Practitioner

Dec 07, 2018

Disability Service Practitioner - Barrhead - Job ID J1118-1219

Organization: WJS Canada 
Job Title: Disability Service Practitioner - Barrhead
Job Type: Permanent, Full-Time
Location: Barrhead, Alberta, Canada
Hours of Work Per Week: 40
Scheduled Days Each Week: Varies
Scheduled Hours: Must be available to work flexible shifts and on call hours
Number of Positions: 1
Compensation: $24.0000 - $26.8600 /Hour
Closing Date: 16/12/2018



The Program
WJS Canada is hiring highly qualified a permanent, full time Disability Support Practitioner for a NEW residential home in Barrhead to support/supervise individuals with challenging behaviours and developmental disabilities including: developmental delays, epilepsy, Disruptive Behavior Disorder and PTSD. Challenging behaviours will occur on a daily basis and therefore, only those with previous experienced with de-escalation techniques and providing supports to persons with high behaviours and complex needs will be contacted for an interview.

Barrhead is located in north-central Alberta, approximately 1 hour north of Edmonton (Alberta's provincial capital).

The Position
While many of the core activities are similar to those of a Disability Service Worker, the Disability Service Practitioner is a more experienced, direct support role, providing direct support to individuals with disabilities as well as participating in assessment, person-centered planning and plan implementation. Working under the supervision of the Program Team Lead, the Disability Service Practitioner (DSP) applies their specialized education/ training and extensive experience to support the Disability Service Workers and persons with complex needs served by the programs. They are typically involved in more complex, complicated and/or specialized individual situations or environments


In Your Role You Will

  • Participate in planning, development, monitoring and arranging medical appointments.
  • Contribute toward design, implementation and evaluation of individual service plans, program specific policies & procedures.
  • Participate and support planning as well as safe transportation of individuals to vocational, recreational, leisure activities and encourages opportunities for social interaction within communities.
  • Acts as a liaison, on behalf of the person in service, with the community, family members, guardians and employers.
  • Communicate/document information that relates to program changes/service recipient changes
  • Assist/support individuals with developmental disabilities (and high health care needs) in a residential & community setting.
  • Meet individuals complex needs ( i.e., hygiene, personal care, life skills and social/occupational skills)
  • Assist with day to day operation and maintenance of the residence/program facility (May include food preparation, cleaning, and/or assisting the person in service with the completion of these tasks, etc.)
  • Assist individuals in anger management, daily living, self help, social and recreational activity such as swimming.
  • Observe/document physical, developmental and psychological needs of individuals in service. in more complex, complicated and/or specialized individual situations or environments

    *** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 3 months of hiring date) Criminal Record Check and Ministry Check. These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.


As An Ideal Candidate You Possess

  • Due to the nature of this program and the client(s) served, preference will be given to mature, physically fit and highly skilled applicants with significant experience in the Disability Services field.
  • MANDATORY – Previous Supervisory experience
  • Diploma or Degree in Disabilities Studies, in related Social Sciences, Human Services or Special Needs programs.
  • Experience developmental delays, epilepsy, Disruptive Behavior Disorder, PTSD and with high behavioral clients.
  • Must have valid class 5 driver license with clear driving abstract and reliable vehicle
  • Knowledge of developmental disabilities & experience writing and implementing program plans and goals an asset
  • Work well in an environment with potential for violence in the workplace; physical intervention skills
  • Work with multiple persons served, as well as, with staffing teams – with and without direct supervision
  • A positive role model; calm, confident, patient, self motivated and motivates others
  • Able to meet the requirements of service Agreement of individual(s) in service, follow instructions and function in a crisis
  • Strong communication, administrative & computer skills
  • First Aid/CPR Certification, Crisis Prevention Intervention, Medication Administration, Abuse Protocol, Proactive Procedures and Behavioural Strategies, Foundations and Disabilities Training
  • Knowledge of basic health and safety rules and guidelines for personal health and safety, as appropriate.

What WJS Canada does
WJS Canada's mission is 'Strengthening people and communities with innovative, individualized services'. The support we provide for families, emphasizes building relationships to enhance the family's strengths and achieve goals that address their needs for support in areas of struggle. Services are individualized and based on the family's belief that their own internal resources can be strengthened and that other helpful skills can be developed. For more information on WJS, services and career opportunities, visit

Our Employees Enjoy
At WJS Canada, trust, strong connections, innovation and results are the pillars of our mandate. We manage by developing our core strength: our people. We give employees the tools to do the job, developing their competence and their confidence, by conducting training programs to ensure professional development and build skills, employee morale, employee safety, health, loyalty and satisfaction. Developing people includes respecting employees work-life balance through flexible hours, locations and duties. We support our staff with assistance and benefit packages, innovative wellness programs and compassion for the life challenges they face.

For more information on WJS Canada visit our website:

No telephone calls please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.



  • Developmental Disabilities - 5 year(s)
  • Supervisor - 2 year(s)
  • Complex Needs
  • Disability Practitioner
  • Disability Support
  • Performance Management
  • Program Coordinator
  • Program Supervisor
  • Social Service Worker Diploma
  • Social Work Diploma

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