Job Posting: Social Worker, Oak Tree Clinic

Social Worker I, Masters Level – Oak Tree Clinic, BC Women’s Hospital

Consistent with the interprofessional setting, provide psychosocial assessments and intervention to assist patients and families presenting with health, perinatal, mental health and women’s issues. Social work services are provided to 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.


In this role, you will:

  • In accordance with professional practice standards and clinical policies, conduct comprehensive psycho-social and family assessments by interviewing the patient and family, obtaining relevant information, gathering social data regarding the patient and family, and formulating assessments and intervention plans.
  • Support patients and their families 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.
  • Provide comprehensive clinical counseling to 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.
  • Support women and their families by organizing and facilitating psycho-educational, counseling and bereavement groups for partners and their families.
  • Facilitate complex discharge planning with the team, patient, family and community agencies by coordinating regular meetings to ensure psycho-social follow-up.
  • Establish and maintain effective collaborative and constructive liaison relationships with a variety of individuals and groups, including patients and families, community providers, MCFD social workers, schools, hospitals and other agencies, in order to coordinate services across the continuum of health care.


You have:

  • A Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of recent, related experience with patients and families with a health condition relevant to the service/program area within BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre including clinical skills in crisis intervention, assessment, short-term counseling, individual, group and family counseling
  • 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 with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Social Work theory and practice
  • Knowledge of the psychosocial needs of women and families with health and/or mental health conditions.
  • Knowledge of and experience with women-centered care.
  • 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 and Child and Family Community Services Act.
  • Knowledge of adoption legislation and related clinical guidelines.
  • Working knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Working knowledge of research processes and methodology.


You can:

  • Conduct and document a comprehensive psychosocial assessment.
  • Provide individual, family and group counseling.
  • Work with mental health issues, including DSM, and conduct mental health assessments of depression, suicide, and anxiety.
  • Work with grief and loss.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively in an inter-professional environment.
  • Communicate both verbally and in writing, and deal effectively with co-workers, physicians, other health care professionals, clients and their families, and external agencies.
  • Plan, organize and prioritize work.
  • Deal with and/or guide others in resolution of conflict issues.
  • Teach Social Work students and other team members both formally and informally.
  • Present at in-services within the hospital and community.
  • Problem solve.
  • Advocate for women and their families as they navigate the health care system.
  • Physically perform the duties of the position.
  • Operate a computerized patient care information system.


This is a temporary full-time position to June 2020.

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