Alberta College of Social Workers

Social Worker, Mental Health & Addiction

Burnaby, BC   |      May 17, 2017 12:00

Category:     MSW
Closing Date:     06/17/2017
Employer:     Provincial Health Services Authority / BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Title:     Social Worker, Mental Health & Addiction
Address:      3405 Willingdon Avenue
City:     Burnaby, BC
Date Posted:     05/17/2017
Salary:     $32.39 to $40.40 per hour

The Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (BCMHA) is a provincial resource providing specialized inpatient treatment services for BC adults (over 19 years) with severe and complex concurrent substance addiction and mental health disorders. 

In addition, the BCMHA fills a gap in service, meeting the complex needs of people who are homeless or living in unstable housing, who are vulnerable and who are affected by significant physical and mental health issues. This program accepts clients on probation, as well as those using methadone. Access to the program is by referral only. 

Job Summary 

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.

Qualifications:     Education, Training and Experience:

* Master of Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work and one (1) year post Bachelor of Social Work experience in a health care setting.
* Current full registration (or eligibility for registration) with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.

Key Skills and Abilities

* Broad knowledge of systems thinking as it related to social work process.
* Broad knowledge of other health disciplines and their role in healthcare.
* Broad knowledge of research methodology.
* Broad knowledge of counselling skills and clinical practice models.
* Broad knowledge of family, group and change therapy.
* Broad knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to the client.
* Demonstrated ability to apply systems theory to practice in Social Work assessment and intervention.
* Demonstrated ability to conduct social and psychosocial assessments.
* Demonstrated ability to understand and influence group and inter-group processes, decision making and problem solving.
* Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with clients and families in order to explore issues that are beyond the initial presented concerns.
* Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, families, team members, other groups and community agency personnel.
Description:     Key Duties/Accountabilities:

* Conducts 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.
* Collaborates with designated care management personnel to facilitate the management of cases with complex discharge needs. Receives 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.
* Provides 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. Refers to community services for follow-up as necessary.
* Attends 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.
* Provides consultative and direct services to clients, families, staff and community health professionals regarding issues such as adult guardianship, advanced directives, domestic violence, abuse or neglect, immigration, housing, financial concerns, or matters concerning government agencies (public trustee) and authorities (courts, police).
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