Alberta College of Social Workers

Social Worker, Indigenous Care

Vancouver, BC   |      April 19, 2017 12:00

Category:     MSW
Closing Date:     05/19/2017
Employer:     Provincial Health Services Authority / BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre
Title:     Social Worker, Indigenous Care
Address:      4500 Oak Street
City:     Vancouver, BC
Date Posted:     04/19/2017
Salary:     $32.39 to $40.40 per hour
Summary:     Consistent with the inter professional setting the Social Worker, Indigenous Care  provides social work services, including psychosocial assessments and intervention, to Indigenous patients and families to address social and emotional stressors resulting from the interaction of physical, social, cultural and psychological outcomes associated with perinatal issues and treatment, including loss and bereavement services. The Social Worker provides consultation to team members and relevant community agencies regarding child welfare concerns. Intervention services provided by the Social Worker for Indigenous patients and families who are facing complex health care plans and require the additional support no matter where they are discharged to throughout the province includes networking and discharge planning support no matter where they are discharged to throughout the province, crisis intervention, short-term counseling, advocacy, liaison with community services; coordination of resources, consultation with teams, collaboration with community agencies, education, program planning and research.
Qualifications:     Education, Training and Experience

* Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work.
* Minimum 1 year recent related experience with patient and their family with a health condition r relevant to the service area within BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre and/or the BC Children’s hospital including clinical skills in crisis intervention, assessment, short-term counseling, individual, group and family counseling; must have experience in mental health, child protection, women’s issues, intimate partner violence, harm reduction model and grief and loss in a health care or hospital setting; or an equivalent combination of education, training or experience.
* Current full registration (or eligibility for) with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
* Pursuant to Section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry.
Description:     Example of Duties/Accountabilities:

* Conducts comprehensive psychosocial and family assessments by methods such as interviewing the patient and family, obtaining relevant information, gathering social data regarding the patient and family and formulation of assessment and plan of intervention, in accordance with professional practice standards and clinical policies.
* Supports patient and their family by understanding the nature and treatment of the presenting issues by providing education, short-term counseling and crisis intervention to families and other relevant caregivers, organizing and facilitating psycho-educational, counseling and bereavement groups for partners and their families.
* Provides comprehensive clinical counseling with women, children and their families by focusing on their social, emotional and cultural needs, including adjustment to diagnosis and treatment decisions, loss of functioning and dealing with emotional and family crises in the context of evidence based care.
* Facilitates in complex discharge planning with the team, patient, family and community agencies by coordinating regular meetings to ensure psycho-social follow-up; staying connected with patient and family once discharged from the BC Women’s Hospital and/or BC Children’s Hospital and ensuring care plans are coordinated with appropriate referrals and resources regardless of the health authority or municipal jurisdiction to which the patient is being discharged.
* Establishes and maintains effective collaborative and constructive liaison relationships with a variety of individuals and groups, including patients and families, community providers, MCFD and Aboriginal delegated agency social workers, schools, hospitals police agencies, other health authority leads and front line workers, on and off reserve health agencies/centres, and other agencies, in order to coordinate services across the continuum of health care.
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** Relocation Allowance of up to $5,000 may be available **