Trauma Specialist/ Research to Practice-30$

Start ASAP- Contract ends after 16 weeks, 30$ hour. Possibility of ongoing work

Looking for someone who is qualified through education and/ or experience to both to:

*Support individuals with complex trauma, mental health diagnoses who also live in the DTES (6 hours a week)

*Create a 4- 8 hour staff training for other workers that gives both an ideological framework and practical tools for imlementing trauma specific support in the setting of the DTES. (11 hours a week)

SPIRIT is project that believes in both healing for the people most oppressed in our society and that without justice, asking someone to heal is damaging.

We therefore strive to create supports that lift oppression in the support worker/ client relationship and in the world. We do so by understanding people’s reaction as rational responses to systemic trauma, holding therapeutic space in the context of therapeutic activities, such as cooking, or supporting people to participate in social justice movements.

This position is looking for quite specific ideology around social justice, decolonial and anti- capitalist frameworks as well as someone who can link this to practice and create a training workshop; giving professionally trained people actual tools to implement these thing.

You will not do this without guidance and will create this 4-8 hour training while gaining expereince:

Supporting 2 individuals, one day a week in cooking food and serving it to members of the DTES. This job is a role where you will be supporting them in cooking, by developing a trusting and respectful relationship that holds space for their trauma, taking learning lessons from them and providing honest feedback to them also.

For the other hours a week, you will be expected to take whatever experience, knowledge you come with, your experiencee and along with supervision and conversation with the board if SPIRIT, create a trauma specific training module designed to give people tools to engage in trauma specific work, or healing centered practice.


Understand harm-reduction and non-pathologizing use of drug use as well as comfort around drug use.

An understanding of intersectionality and social justice when it comes to mental health (in regards to all reactions including anger and psychosis).

Patient and willing to take feedback, self-reflect, apologize and set boundaries and learn with all people.

The ability to hold space for others in the midst of traumatic reactions, the ability to name how you will attempt to cope with this (SPIRIT is open to doing our best to provide counseling/ financial support for counseling if this is something you require.)

The ability to create a practical training for front-line support staff