• Social Worker 2 - Master's Degree - MHSU

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    Job Title: Social Worker 2 - Master's Degree

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    Mental Health and Substance Use, North Shore Community - North Vancouver, BC

    Stepping Stones, Older Adult Mental Health Team (OAMHT), Foundry - North Vancouver

    Status: Regular Full Time
    Start Date: As soon as possible
    Salary: $35.56 - $44.36 per hour
    Hours: 0830/1630, with Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays off
    Reference#: 121828-esa


    In accordance with the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Strategic Framework and True North Goal’s vision, the Social Worker works to address client and family centred care needs supported by an integrated health service team and delivery model. The Social Worker practices in accordance with the British Columbia College of Social Workers and within VCH policies, guidelines, and clinical practice documents. The social worker works from a harm reduction, culturally safe, trauma informed, recovery oriented, and client-centred model of care. The Social Worker works collaboratively within an integrated health service delivery model and interdisciplinary care team to coordinate and to support care and transitions across multiple sites, clinics, services, This includes: clients, family members, primary care/mental health/ substance use service providers, private General Practitioner (GP) partners, community care partners and services. The Social Worker provides direct care activities such as psycho-social assessment, client-centred care plan development and implementation, care coordination, brokerage, direct client care, group and program delivery, evaluation and documentation of client care, as part of an integrated care team.. The Social Worker works with clients and families who are experiencing health challenges, and to help identify client/family goals to address issues such as, but not limited to: mental health and substance use, chronic disease, homelessness, complex care issues, end of life, and other social determinants of health The Social Worker uses health management and/or self-care management principles to identify problems, address issues or variances from the plan of care in collaboration with the entire interdisciplinary team and any other health care services involved. The Social Worker establishes, maintains and enhances therapeutic relationships based on respect.


    Education & Experience

    • Master’s Degree in Social Work plus two (2) years’ recent related experience providing care through a holistic mental health, substance use and primary care lens or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
    • Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
    • Valid BC Drivers License.
    • Second language an asset (e.g. Farsi)

    Knowledge & Abilities

    • Comprehensive knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
    • Demonstrated ability in dealing with a variety of situations and responsibilities requiring initiative, creativity and professional judgment.
    • Knowledge of the principles and practices of a client and family centered recovery model in mental illness.
    • Knowledge and skills to provide care coordination to a select caseload of clients.
    • Ability to assess clients at risk and knowledge of appropriate acts; e.g. Mental Health Act, Adult Guardianship, Public Health Act as it relates to the rights and obligations of clients and staff.
    • Knowledge and experience in providing culturally safe and competent care, specifically pertaining to Aboriginal people.
    • Knowledge and experience in Trauma Informed Practice, Harm Reduction and Recovery Oriented Care.
    • Broad knowledge of crisis intervention and supportive counseling skills.
    • Broad knowledge of mental health illness and treatment.
    • Broad knowledge of substance abuse and addictions treatment.
    • Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.
    • Demonstrated ability to conduct mental status exams and suicide risk assessments.
    • Demonstrated ability to provide care planning, supportive counseling, crisis intervention, and case coordination.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and their families, colleagues, physicians, and other health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups. Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a cooperative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.
    • Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.
    • Demonstrated ability to adjust schedule to deal with unexpected situations.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
    • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation and leadership.
    • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and use critical thinking skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations.
    • Ability to operate related equipment.
    • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
    • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, Internet and email software.

    This posting has been posted internally and externally concurrently. External applicants will be considered after internals.


    The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

    Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

    ***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the https://my.vch.ca/working-here/job-postings site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

    Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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