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.
Forensic Community and Liaison Social Worker
Temoprary Full Time (Until January 2019)
BSW Wage: $29.08. To $36.24 per hour
MSW Wage: $32.39 To $40.40 per hour
Within the context of a biopsychosocial framework and in accordance with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW) standards of practice, the Forensic Community & Liaison Social Worker (FC&LSW) under the general direction of the Regional Clinic Manager, with the clinical guidance of a treatment team leader and access to the Professional Practice Leader, Social Work, works as part of a multidisciplinary forensic psychiatric community mental health team to provide a defined range of community forensic mental health social worker services to Mentally Disordered individuals in conflict with the law and to clients who are referred to Forensic Psychiatric Regional Programs. The FC&LSW carries out social work psychiatric/psychological assessments and treatment services to adults who are subject to a legal order for criminal offences (probation, bail, provincial parole, conditional sentence) and provides assertive case coordination services to high-risk mentally disordered offenders, and supervisees and coordinates services to adults found Not Criminally Responsible due to Mental Disorder (NCRMD) or Unfit to Stand Trial.
Example of Duties and Accountabilities
- Conducts initial intake and ongoing biopsychosocial social work psychiatric assessments including current mental status examinations, general assessments of physical health, special needs/precautions, and completes all related assessment tools as per policy. Identifies, develops and implements an Integrated Treatment Plan based on the evaluation of clinical risk and need through the completion of the Short-term Assessment of Risk & Treatability (START). Ensures the Regional Clinic Manager is informed of emerging problems, unusual circumstances, plans of action, and legal issues concerning assigned clients. Screens to determine whether referral to or liaison with other agencies is required and whether appropriate community options exist.
- Provides community case coordination and advocacy services for clients by methods such as communicating and monitoring client contacts with mental health teams, private psychiatrists, family physicians, probation, other specialists, and social service agencies that are involved in the provision of services to the client to ensure continuity of care and sharing of pertinent information; establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with all resources; communicating closely with treating psychiatrists/psychologists to ensure ongoing evaluation and effective treatment; and working in collaboration with other community resources to meet the client’s need for assistance including financial, housing, medical and psychiatric care, substance abuse intervention, family support, employment/skills training opportunities, life skills training, transportation, and prosocial/recreational programs.
- Maintains concise and accurate documentation of relevant information on client files in accordance with FPSC policy standards to meet regulatory requirements and provide evidence and rationale to support findings and treatment plan such as compiling pertinent background information for clinical case planning and collecting information to assist psychiatrists/psychologists in the preparation of reports for the Courts. Provides written reports and summaries as per FPSC policy, standards and guidelines.
- Provides clinical services, information and support, and short-term, time-limited follow-up as required by methods such as addressing immediate social or mental health needs, providing counseling/therapeutic support to individual clients and their families, and acting as a group co-facilitator as required; assisting with finding shelter, food, financial assistance, medication or referral to other appropriate resources; and monitoring client for presence of side effects such as extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), tardive dyskinesia and other movement disorders related to psychoactive medications, providing information on medication management, including teaching the client about benefits and possible side effects; and giving advice and information about mental illness, personality disorders, range of treatment options available, court process, community options, and resources and education on mental illness.
- Facilitates access to psychiatric and social services by methods such as receiving referrals as per FPSC policy, accompanying clients to community resources as clinically appropriate as part of their community transition plan; and conducting home visits as per the ITP and FPSC policy, and meeting with clients outside of the office environment to assess and assist with their community reintegration and prosocial development.
Education, Training and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work.
- Two (2) years recent, related experience working in a mental health setting.
- Full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW) is required.
- Valid BC Driver’s License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.
- Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate.
Example of Skills and Abilities
- Broad knowledge of social work theory and Forensic Psychiatric Social Work practice.
- Broad knowledge of BCCSW professional practice standards.
- Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.
- Broad knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
- Broad knowledge of Bill C30 and the Provincial Court system.
- Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).
- Demonstrated ability in social work practice related to assessment of behaviour, risk and to assisting clients to regain/improve their coping abilities.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct biopsychosocial psychiatric assessments, provide treatment planning, and to apply knowledge of theory and practice to a case management process.
- Demonstrated ability to assess clients’ responses to care and to respond appropriately.
- Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events and to problem solve.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and their families, colleagues, physicians, and other health care staff.
- Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and leads to a co-operative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.
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