As part of the provincial mental health services continuum, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) provides a diverse range of specialized, "one-of-a-kind" tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across the province. These include services located at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and six regional clinics, the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction, and Heartwood Centre for Women. In addition to delivering these clinical services, BCMHSUS provides provincial leadership for system-wide improvement through its work in: health promotion and illness prevention; knowledge exchange; and research and academic teaching.
BCMHSUS is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.
Social Worker 1
Reference # 64392
Regular Full Time
Wage: $32.39 to $40.40 per hour
Heartwood Centre for Women
4500 Oak Street
Consistent with the interprofessional setting the Social Worker provides mental health and/or addictions assessments and intervention to assist children, youth, women and their families presenting with serious mental health and/or addiction issues. Intervention services provided by the Social Worker include; family assessments, crisis intervention, short-term counseling, individual, family and group therapy, advocacy, liaison with community services; coordination of resources, consultation with teams, collaboration with community agencies, education, program planning and research. Social work services are provided to patients and their families to address social and emotional stressors resulting from the interaction of physical, social, cultural, and psychological outcomes associated with assessment, diagnosis and treatment. The Social Worker provides consultation to team members and relevant community agencies regarding child welfare concerns. The Social Worker promotes family-centered care on a case by case basis within BC Children’s Hospital, BC Mental Health and Addiction Services and the community.
Example of Duties/Accountabilities:
- Conducts comprehensive mental health and/or addiction, and family assessments by methods such as interviewing the patient and family, obtaining relevant information, gathering social data regarding the patient and family and formulation of assessment and plan of intervention, in accordance with professional practice standards and clinical policies.
- Provides mental health clinical intervention in the context of evidence based care to children, youth, women and their families through individual, family and group therapy.
- Supports patients and their families by providing education, short-term counselling and crisis intervention during the adjustment to hospitalization, new diagnosis of mental health and/or addiction issues, and change or loss in mental health functioning.
- Facilitates comprehensive mental health and/or addiction discharge planning with the team, patient, family and community agencies to ensure psycho-social follow-up.
- Establishes and maintains effective collaborative and constructive liaison relationships with a variety of individuals and groups, including patients and families, community providers, MCFD social workers, schools, hospitals and other agencies, in order to coordinate services across the continuum of health care.
- Participates in program planning and development as part of an inter-professional team within BC Children’s Hospital and BC Mental Health and Addiction Services and the continuum of health care. Identifies, promotes and participates in program planning strategies to enhance system processes and resources for patients and their families.
- Promotes patient and family care by participating in relevant committee work within the Social Work discipline, specialized program, hospital-setting, and/or continuum of health care. Collaborates with team members in many forums, both informal and formal, in case consultations by attending team meetings, rounds, and psycho-social forums relevant to family centered care.
Education, Training and Experience
- Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work, including relevant graduate level mental health courses and mental health practicum.
- Minimum 1 year recent related clinical experience working within a child, youth and women’s mental health and addictions setting relevant to the service area within BC Mental Health & Addictions Services; must include experience in child protection, child development and grief and loss, women’s issues, women abuse and harm reduction model; or an equivalent combination of education, training or experience.
- Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
Key Skills and Abilities Include
- Comprehensive knowledge of Social Work theory and practice.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct and document a comprehensive psychosocial and family assessment in mental health.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to provide crisis intervention, short term counselling and individual, family and group therapy.
- Knowledge of the psychosocial needs of children/families with mental health conditions.
- Knowledge of the normal development of children.
- Demonstrated knowledge of mental health diagnoses as they relate to children and youth
- Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work with mental health and addiction issues including DSM and mental health assessment of depression, suicide and anxiety.
- Knowledge of Mental Health Act, Infants Act and Child and Family Community Services Act.
- Demonstrated knowledge of community resources in mental health for children and youth.
- Knowledge of child protection issues and relevant legislation concerning children, consents and FOIPPA.
- Knowledge of formalized agreements between C&W and MCFD relevant to child protection protocols and other formal agreements with community agencies.
- Knowledge of C&W guidelines such as, Children and Youth at Risk for Abuse and Neglect.
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