More than just a job.
Working within Correctional Health Services, you will provide trauma-informed care to clients presenting with a wide variety and complexity of acute and chronic illnesses/diseases, including communicable diseases, substance dependency, and mental health and general health issues. You will be a member of an interdisciplinary, collaborative health care team, liaising with other health care professionals, clients, family members, and community agencies to provide clients with safe and effective care. Be part of a team where you can live and work in your community, positively influence an incarcerated individual’s journey down a new path, and see the difference you can make as you serve the diverse populations of the BC Corrections system.
- Job Type: Full-Time, Part-Time,
- Job Level: Entry, Mid, Senior,
- Travel: Minimal
What does it take to be successful working in Correctional Health Services at PHSA? Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.
- Good Listener
- Team Player
About Correctional Health Services
Correctional Health Services (CHS), part of BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), is an integral part of British Columbia’s health care system. CHS provides health services at the 10 provincial correctional centres. PHSA is mandated to improve the quality and continuity of care for clients across the province during their time in correctional facilities and as they reintegrate into the community. This will help to improve access to primary health care, as well as mental health and substance use support for inmates; key needs that have been identified not just in BC, but internationally.
"We have a really robust health care system within corrections. We have what we call our Mental Health and Substance Use team and it’s made up of allied health professionals as well as nurses, and that includes Mental Health Coordinators, Concurrent Disorder Counsellors, Addictions Counsellors, Access and Transition Nurses who do a lot of discharge planning work, Mental Health & Substance Use Nurses, Social Workers as well as Support Workers"Shannon Petovello Mental Health Coordinator, Alouette Correctional Centre for Women
"This is a fantastic place to learn and grow as a nurse. I had only been a nurse for a year when I started here."Jennifer Gill Licensed Practical Nurse, Alouette Correctional Centre for Women
"Corrections was something different, so I tried it, and I never left."Kelsey Holzworth Registered (Clinic) Nurse, Prince George Regional Correctional Centre
Benefits and Perks
Benefits vary by job type and are confirmed in the interview and hiring process.
Extended health and dental benefits
Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs
Relocation support for out-of-province hires
Work with an interdisciplinary health care team
Opportunity to work across multiple roles, such as clinic nurse and mental health & substance use nurse roles.
Equitable hourly rates in accordance with collective agreements
Social Worker III, Correctional Health Services, Ford Mountain Correctional Centre - BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Social Worker III, Correctional Health Services, Ford Mountain Correctional Centre
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
What you’ll do
- Conduct comprehensive health, concurrent disorder, mental health and/or substance use, and family assessments by methods such as interviewing the client and family, obtaining relevant information, gathering social data regarding the client and family and formulation of assessment and plan of intervention, in accordance with professional practice standards and clinical policies.
- Provide clinical intervention in the context of evidence-based care to clients and their families through individual, family and group therapy.
- Support clients and their families by providing education, short-term counselling and crisis intervention after the client’s release from the provincial correctional centres regarding concurrent disorder, mental health and/or substance use issues, child welfare and custody proceedings and change or loss in health functioning.
- Facilitate comprehensive discharge planning for designated clients with the team, client, family and community agencies to ensure psycho-social follow-up.
- Establish and maintain effective collaborative and constructive liaison relationships with a variety of individuals and groups, including clients and families, community providers, MCFD social workers, schools, hospitals and other agencies, in order to coordinate services across the continuum of health care.
- Carry out community outreach services, peer involvement, and community partner resource engagement by methods such as liaising about client resources and access to these resources; engaging with community partners and working collaboratively, providing input from a clinical perspective and to coordinate resources, and acting as an advocate for the program and clients. Actively engage with and supports the clients to access community service providers on a scheduled and as needed basis.
- Participate in program planning and development as part of an interdisciplinary team within Correctional Health Services, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and the continuum of health care. Identify, promote and participate in program planning strategies to enhance system processes and resources for clients and their families.
- Promote client and family care by participating in relevant committee work within the Social Work discipline, specialized program, correctional setting, and/or continuum of health care. Collaborate with team members in many forums, both informal and formal, in case consultations by attending team meetings, rounds, and psycho-social forums relevant to client and family centered care.
What you bring
- Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work, including relevant graduate level mental health courses and mental health practicum.
- Minimum 1 year recent related clinical experience working within a correctional health or other related setting; must include experience in child protection, child development and grief and loss, women’s issues, women abuse and harm reduction model; or an equivalent combination of education, training or experience.
- Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
- Valid BC Driver’s License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.
You will also have
- Comprehensive knowledge of Social Work theory and practice, trauma informed care.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct and document a comprehensive psychosocial and family assessment in a correctional health context.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to provide crisis intervention, short term counselling and individual, family and group therapy.
- Knowledge of the psychosocial needs of clients and their families.
- Knowledge of the criminal justice and corrections systems.
- Demonstrated knowledge of common health, concurrent disorder, substance use and mental health diagnoses as they relate to inmates.
- Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work with mental health and substance use issues including DSM and mental health assessment of depression, suicide and anxiety.
- Knowledge of Mental Health Act, Infants Act and Child and Family Community Services Act.
- Knowledge of child protection issues and relevant legislation concerning children, consents and FOIPPA.
- Knowledge of formalized agreements between Correctional Health Services and MCFD relevant to child protection protocols and other formal agreements with community agencies.
- Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
- Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).
What we bring
Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.
- Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
- Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
- Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
- Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
- PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
- Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.
Job Type: Two (2) Regular, Full-Time Opportunities
Wage: $42.59 - $53.19/hour
Location: 70 Colony Farm Rd, Coquitlam BC, V3C 5X9
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: Monday – Friday, 0800 - 1600
Requisition # 150536E, 150571E
As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.
What we do
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.
BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).
The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services
PHSA and BCMHSUS are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.
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