In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. 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.
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.
• Effective September 1, 2013, full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW) is required.
• Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.
• Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate.
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.
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
• Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behaviour and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques.
• Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities in collaboration with others in a complex health care environment.
• Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, work direction, and effective consultation.
• Demonstrated ability to teach, demonstrate and coach clients and co-workers both one-on-one and in groups.
• Demonstrated skill in CPR techniques.
• Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, Internet and e-mail software.
• Ability to operate related equipment.
• Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.