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Social Worker

BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BCCH. SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the Child and Family Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.



BCCH and is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Patients first • Best value • Results matter • Excellence through knowledge • Open to possibilities.



Social Worker
Reference #31061

Temporary Full Time (until September 2, 2015)
$31.19/hr-$38.90/hr

BC Children’s Hospital
Vancouver, BC



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. Consistent with the interprofessional setting the Social Worker provides psychosocial and family assessments and intervention to assist children and their families presenting with health, rehabilitation, developmental and mental health issues. Social work services are provided to children and their families to address social and emotional stressors resulting from the interaction of physical, social, cultural, and psychological outcomes associated with diagnosis 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 includes crisis intervention and short-term counseling, advocacy, liaison with community services, coordination of resources, consultation with teams, collaboration with community agencies, education, program planning and research. The Social Worker promotes family-centered care and research and education within BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre and the community.


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 children and their family with a health or disabling condition relevant to the service area within BC Children’s Hospital & Sunny Hill Health Centre including clinical skills in assessment, crisis intervention, therapeutic interventions, individual, group and family counseling; must include experience in mental health, child protection, child development, intimate partner violence, chronic health conditions, disabilities, and grief and loss in a health care or hospital setting; or an equivalent combination of education, training or experience.

  • Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.


Skills and Abilities



  • Comprehensive knowledge of Social Work theory and practice.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and document a comprehensive psychosocial assessment.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide individual, family and group counseling.

  • Knowledge of the psychosocial needs of children/families with medical, disabilities, and/or mental health conditions.

  • Knowledge of child development theories.

  • Knowledge of child protection issues and relevant legislation concerning children, consents and FOIPPA.

  • Knowledge of formalized agreements between C&W and MCFD relevant to child protection protocols and other formal agreements with community agencies.

  • Knowledge of C&W guidelines such as, Children and Youth at Risk for Abuse and Neglect.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work with mental health issues, including DSM, and mental health assessment of depression, suicide, and anxiety.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work with grief and loss issues.

  • Working knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively in an inter-professional environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, and to deal effectively with co-workers, physicians, other health care professionals, clients and their families, and external agencies.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritize work.

  • Demonstrated ability to deal with and/or guide others in resolution of conflict issues.

  • Demonstrated ability to teach Social Work students and other team members both formally and informally.

  • Ability to present at in-services within the hospital and community.

  • Demonstrated problem solving abilities.

  • Knowledge of community resources.

  • Demonstrated ability to advocate for families as they navigate the health care system.

  • Working knowledge of research processes and methodology.

  • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

  • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized patient care information system.


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Internal competition closes August 10, 2014. Internal applications received after this date will be considered as late applications.



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For more information about the BC Children’s Hospital, please visit the website at: www.bcchildrens.ca



PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

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Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada