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Social Worker I - Heartwood Centre for Women, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services


The Social Worker I – MSW is responsible for providing advanced clinical and consultative social work services to clients and families focusing on how the client’s relationships are affected by their environment. Duties include conducting social and psychosocial assessments, providing individual, family and group counselling services, maintaining client records, attending interdisciplinary clinical/case conferences, identifying applicable community resources for clients and facilitating care throughout the continuum.


In this role, you will:

  • Conduct comprehensive psycho-social assessments by methods such as interviewing the client and/or family, obtaining relevant information, gathering social data regarding the client’s family, environment, living situation, and financial status, and interpreting the data to therapeutically impact the client's and family's coping abilities and intervenes in cases of complex social-emotional or family issues. 
  • Collaborate with designated care management personnel to facilitate the management of cases with complex discharge needs. 
  • Receive referrals from care management personnel and other members of the interdisciplinary team to assist patients/families with complex emotional or social presentations, as well as facilitate care through the continuum. 
  • Provide individual, family and group counselling services by methods such as exploring emotional responses to illness/injury in order to identify problems, personal concerns and treatment objectives and to facilitate change in coping style, behaviour, attitude, feelings and adaptive responses to an adverse life event.
  • Refer to community services for follow-up as necessary. 
  • Attend clinical/case conferences as a member of an interdisciplinary team for client reviews, admissions, and discharges by methods such as providing input from a social work perspective on a variety of care issues related to the client, and to ensure proper and effective treatment of the client. 


You hold:

  • A Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work.
  • One (1) year post Bachelor of Social Work experience in a health care setting.  
  • Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.


You have broad knowledge of:

  • Systems thinking as it related to social work process. 
  • Other health disciplines and their role in healthcare. 
  • Research methodology. 
  • Counselling skills and clinical practice models. 
  • Family, group and change therapy. 
  • Legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to the client. 


You have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Apply systems theory to practice in Social Work assessment and intervention. 
  • Conduct social and psychosocial assessments. 
  • Understand and influence group and inter-group processes, decision making and problem solving. 
  • Establish rapport with clients and families in order to explore issues that are beyond the initial presented concerns. 
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, families, team members, other groups and community agency personnel. 
  • Adjust to new or unexpected events. 
  • Deal effectively with conflict situations. 
  • Work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team. 
  • Physically perform the duties of the position. 
  • Skillfully use equipment, and in the techniques appropriate for treatment. 
  • Use basic computer literacy.



About Us


BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and families. It provides a broad range of specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BC Women’s is one of the largest maternity facilities in Canada, with over 7,000 births a year, and is both the major primary and secondary maternity services provider in the Lower Mainland and the cornerstone of the provincial tertiary care system. As an academic health centre BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and the education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve.  


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British ColumbiansPHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Patients first • Best value • Results matter • Excellence through knowledge • Open to possibilities.


The PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.


  • 84013
  • Casual (0.01 FTE)
  • Wage: $34.26 - $42.73 per hour
  • Monday to Friday, 0830-1630; 10:00-18:00
  • 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 2N9 
Labor AgreementHealth Science Professionals
Requisition #84013-2325613
Work SiteBC Women's Hospital
Job TypeCasual, Part-Time
Hours of Work0830-1630; 10:00-18:00
Work DaysMonday-Friday
Expiry Date

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