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Forensic Community and Liaison Social Worker – Forensic Psychiatric Clinic Kelowna, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services


Use your skills to improve the health and well-being of mentally disordered individuals in conflict with the law and clients referred to Forensic Psychiatric Regional Programs.



In this role, as part of a multidisciplinary forensic psychiatric community mental health team, you will:

  • Carry out social work psychiatric/psychological assessments and treat adults subject to a legal order for criminal offences (probation, bail, provincial parole, conditional sentence).
  • Provide assertive case coordination services to high-risk mentally disordered offenders.
  • Supervise and coordinate services to adults found Not Criminally Responsible due to Mental Disorder (NCRMD) or Unfit to Stand Trial.


As our successful candidate, you will:

  • Conduct intake and ongoing bio-psychosocial social work psychiatric assessments including mental status, physical health and special needs/precautions. Develop and implement an Integrated Treatment Plan based on the clinical risk and need. Ensure the Regional Clinic Manager is informed of emerging problems, unusual circumstances, plans of action, and legal issues concerning assigned clients. Screen to determine whether referral to or liaison with other agencies is required and whether appropriate community options exist. 
  • Provide community case coordination and advocate for clients by monitoring client contacts with mental health teams, private psychiatrists, family physicians, probation, other specialists, and social service agencies to ensure continuity of care and sharing of pertinent information. Communicate closely with treating psychiatrists/psychologists to ensure ongoing evaluation and effective treatment. Collaborate with other community resources to assist with financial, housing, medical and psychiatric care, substance abuse intervention, family support, employment/skills training opportunities, life skills training, transportation, and prosocial/recreational programs.
  • Document information and provide reports and summaries to meet regulatory requirements and to support findings and treatment.
  • Provide clinical services and short-term follow-up to address immediate social or mental health needs. Provide therapeutic support to individual clients and their families, co-facilitate groups, and monitor clients for side effects such as extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), tardive dyskinesia and other movement disorders related to psychoactive medications. Provide information on medication; mental illness, personality disorders, treatment options, court process, community options and resources. 
  • Facilitate access to psychiatric and social services by receiving referrals, accompanying clients to community resources, conducting home visits and meeting with clients outside of the office environment to assess and assist with their community reintegration and prosocial development. 


You have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work.
  • Full registration with the BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW).
  • Two (2) years recent, related experience working in a mental health setting.
  • A valid BC Driver’s License and a personal vehicle for local area travel.
  • A current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate.


You have a demonstrated ability to:

  • Assess behaviour, risk and to assist clients to improve their coping abilities.
  • Conduct bio-psychosocial psychiatric assessments, plan treatment, and to apply knowledge of theory and practice to case management.
  • Assess clients’ responses and to respond appropriately.
  • Adjust to new or unexpected events and to problem solve.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with clients and their families, colleagues, physicians, and other health care staff.
  • Listen and seek information in a way that promotes communication and leads to a co-operative problem solving in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behaviour and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques.
  • Establish workload priorities in collaboration with others in a complex health care environment.
  • Lead, direct and advise.
  • Teach, demonstrate and coach clients and co-workers one-on-one and in groups.
  • Conduct CPR.


You have broad knowledge of:

  • Social work theory and Forensic Psychiatric Social Work practice.
  • BCCSW professional practice standards.
  • Other facilities and community resources.
  • Other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • Bill C30 and the Provincial Court system.
  • Psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).



If this sounds like you, apply now!



About Us


BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS provides tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across BC. BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA.) PHSA provides specialized health services to British Columbians, including cancer care, organ transplantation, pediatrics, emergency services, mental health and substance use services. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:


We hire on the basis of merit and encourage all qualified applicants to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where everyone can come to work and be their best, authentic self.


  • 84794
  • Regular, Full-Time
  • BSW Wage: $30.75 to $38.33 per hour
  • MSW Wage: $34.26 - $42.73 per hour
  • Monday to Friday, 0830 – 1630
  • #115A – 1835 Gordon Dr., Kelowna BC V1Y3H4


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Labor AgreementHealth Science Professionals
Requisition #84794-2326844
Work SiteKamloops Forensic Clinic
Job TypeRegular, Full-Time
Salary/Rate$38.33 / Hour
Hours of Work0830-1630
Work DaysMonday to Friday
Expiry Date27-Sep-2019

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