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Social Worker 2 Addiction Services


Job Description

In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Providence Health Care, the person promotes a safe, respectful, and civil working environment for patients, residents, families, visitors and staff.
Reporting to the Professional Practice Leader and under the supervision of the designated Site Leader, and working collaboratively with the other Site/Professional Practice Leaders for the interdisciplinary program team, the position works as part of an interprofessional team to provide advanced therapeutic clinical counseling, education and resource services to individuals and families with, and affected by, problematic substance use. Formulates and implements treatment plans and provides comprehensive case consultation and follow-up support on treatment decisions in collaboration with members of the interprofessional team. Provides leadership to the interdisciplinary team in the complex care needs in the discharge planning process and determining the effective utilization of resources, and participates in the development of community resources. Liaises and consults as appropriate with the PHC Addiction and Mental Health teams. Participates in evaluating treatment practices and protocols within the social work team to promote excellence in social work practice. Develops research protocols and conducts approved social work interdisciplinary research and special projects in collaboration with appropriate personnel. Participates as a member of local, provincial/federal committees, linking the hospital program to the community support program and services.


Demonstrated knowledge of drug and alcohol addiction issues and related evidence-based best treatment practices.
Comprehensive knowledge of psychiatric diagnoses and professional practice guidelines for the treatment of various disorders, including complex concurrent disorders.
Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with clients, families, interprofessional teams, community agency partners and academic/research institutions.
Demonstrated understanding of the social determinants of health.
Demonstrated ability to conduct comprehensive psychosocial assessments that include mental health and addictions standardized frameworks and tools.
Ability to plan, implement and evaluate practice interventions based on psychosocial assessments.
Ability to make appropriate and effective referrals that reflect in-depth knowledge of community resources and strong collaborative skills in working with other community partners.
Demonstrated skills and ability to apply theory to practice in the areas of case management, resource and supportive counseling, and individual and group therapy to clients/families coping with problematic alcohol and drug use.
Knowledge of the scope of practice of other health care disciplines and the ability to work independently and collaboratively within an inter-professional team.
Ability to work effectively within a culturally diverse environment.
Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize workload in a complex and demanding environment.
Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of regulations, policies, procedures, and other statutory duties related to relevant legislation such as the Mental Health Act, Adult Guardianship Act, and the Freedom of Information Act.
Ability to educate and provide consultation to clients, families and healthcare professionals that includes the development, coordination and delivery of in-services


Masters Degree in Social Work from an accredited university. Post graduate continuing education in model(s) of therapeutic intervention in addictions and mental health. Three (3) years' recent related experience working in the areas of addiction, mental health, HIV/AIDS and complex pain or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
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