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Forensic Community and Liaison Social Worker (BSW), FPSC Clinics, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services - Nanaimo, BC

Social Worker (BSW), Forensic Community and Liaison
BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Nanaimo, BC


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 you’ll do


  • Conduct initial intake and ongoing biopsychosocial social work psychiatric assessments; identify, develop and implement an Integrated Treatment Plan based on the evaluation of clinical risk and need through the completion of the Short-term Assessment of Risk & Treatability (START); screen to determine whether referral to or liaison with other agencies is required and whether appropriate community options exist.
  • Provide community case coordination and advocacy services for clients with other health/service providers; communicate closely with treating psychiatrists/psychologists to ensure ongoing evaluation and effective treatment; collaborate with other community resources for resources (financial, housing, medical and psychiatric care, substance abuse intervention, family support, employment/skills training opportunities, life skills training, transportation, and prosocial/recreational programs).
  • Maintain concise and accurate documentation of relevant information on client files in accordance with FPSC policy standards to meet regulatory requirements and provide evidence and rationale to support findings and treatment plan; provide written reports and summaries as per FPSC policy, standards and guidelines.
  • Provide clinical services, information and support, and short-term, time-limited follow-up as required; monitor clients for presence of side effects such as extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), tardive dyskinesia and other movement disorders related to psychoactive medications, providing information on medication management, including teaching the client about benefits and possible side effects; and giving advice and information about mental illness, personality disorders, range of treatment options available, court process, community options, and resources and education on mental illness.
  • Facilitate access to psychiatric and social services through referrals, conducting site visits with clients, completing home visits as per the ITP and FPSC policy, and meeting with clients to assess and assist with their community reintegration and prosocial development.
  • Conduct or participate in pre-release planning conferences; consult with appropriate members of the clinical treatment team to help determine requirement for certification under mental health act and other emergency situations, psychiatric treatment needs, and social needs including referrals to other agencies; and following the consultation with the clinical team, informs community service providers of an increased risk to client and/or community safety as appropriate. Monitors client compliance with Review Board dispositions and initiating direct back/ breach proceedings as necessary. Shares in the Duty Officer responsibilities at the clinic as required.

What you bring


Qualifications and certifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work along with full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW)
  • 2+ years recent, related experience working in a mental health setting
  • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate; valid driver’s license (use of personal vehicle may be required for local travel)

Skills and experience:

  • Excellent understanding along with practised ability to implement, social work theory with a focus on forensic psychiatric social work, including assessment of behaviour, risk, and healthy coping mechanisms, along with knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side effects)
  • Works successfully within BCCSW professional practice standards; has working knowledge of Bill C30 and the provincial court system in British Columbia
  • Conduct biopsychosocial psychiatric assessments, provide treatment planning, and to apply knowledge of theory and practice to a case management process
  • Deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behaviour and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques
  • Experienced in coordinating services/programs with other health facilities, community resources, and interdisciplinary team members
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with clients and their families, colleagues, physicians, and other health care staff

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 and development.
  • 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).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.


Job Type: Casual (0.01 FTE)
Wage: $31.99 - $39.98 per hour.
Location: 101 - 190 Wallace Street Nanaimo, B.C, V9R 5B1
Closing date: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled
Hours of Work: Monday – Friday, 0830-1630
Requisition # 133657



What we do


BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges. BCMHSUS is program within the Provinical Health Services Authority (PHSA).


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.


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PHSA is 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.