Within the context of a biopsychosocial framework and in accordance with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW) standards of practice, the Forensic Social Worker (FSW) works under the general direction of the Director, Shared Services and with the clinical support of the Professional Practice Leader, Social Work, as part of a multidisciplinary forensic psychiatric team to provide a defined range of forensic mental health social worker services to adults experiencing severe psychiatric and behavioral difficulties who have been referred by the Courts. The FSW carries out social work psychiatric/psychological assessments services to adults who have been referred by the Courts; prepares ongoing written assessment of progress and submits written reports to the B.C. Board of Review and/or Review Panel regarding recommendation for release; collaborates and consults with other professionals in the coordination and review of treatment; provides psychosocial intervention and treatment services for psychiatric patients who may be held under Order-in-Council; Mental Health Act certification, Court Order and/or Informal criteria; and provides information and support to services.
In this role, you will:
- Complete a full biopsychosocial social work assessment of adults experiencing severe psychiatric and behavioral difficulties who have been referred by the Courts by methods such as interviewing patients to identify their developmental history and their perception of level of social functioning and problems; interviewing family members and other community sources for collateral information reviewing referral information from Police, Court and other community agencies; preparing a written assessment that may be utilized in Court, submitting recommendations and information related to diagnosis, fitness to stand trial, mental state at a time of offence and treatment plans; identifying client needs, problem areas and formulating treatment goals; preparing ongoing written assessment of client progress and submitting written reports to the B.C. Board of Review and/or Review Panel regarding recommendation for release.
- Collaborate and consult with other professionals in the multi-disciplinary team in the coordination and review of patient treatment by methods such as participating in treatment conferences to determine team members responsibilities; monitoring treatment plans, re-evaluating and modifying treatment to meet changing needs of patients and/or his/her support system; providing systems perspective including family, social and community network to other team members; acting as a client advocate; planning client discharge and release to the community by arranging pre-placement visits, referrals to boarding homes, and community mental health support agencies; maintaining comprehensive documentation ensuring case reviews and tracking of client’s treatment progress; and providing information and support to families on an ongoing basis.
- Provide psychosocial intervention and treatment services for psychiatric patients who may be held under Order-in-Council; Mental Health Act certification, Court Order and/or Informal criteria by methods such as functioning as Primary Counsellor for identified patients (psychotherapy and behavioural); carrying out evidence based individual, group and family therapies according to a variety of theoretical models; establishing and maintaining therapeutic relationships based on respect; providing supportive counselling to improve social functioning, self-esteem and independence for clients; providing group work treatment on alcohol and/or drug addiction and sex offender target groups; providing social skills and psycho-educational training; and providing psychosocial counselling.
- Provide information, support and facilitate transition into FPSC by methods such as assessing client eligibility for income assistance and Legal Aid; retrieving patient belongings including arranging for property storage and rent payment; assisting the client and/or applying on behalf of clients for various needs, social insurance, birth certificate, handicapped benefits, Canada disability pension, Comfort Allowance; initiating Power of Attorney, guardianship and trusteeship for patients; and networking and interfacing with community support groups and agencies.
- 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 such as compiling pertinent background information. Provide written reports and summaries as per FPSC policy, standards and guidelines.
- A bachelor’s degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work.
- Full registration with the BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW).
- Two (2) years recent, related experience working in a mental health setting.
You have a demonstrated ability to:
- Assess behaviour, risk and to assist clients to improve their coping abilities.
- Conduct bio-psychosocial psychiatric assessments, plan treatment, and to apply knowledge of theory and practice to case management.
- Assess clients’ responses and to respond appropriately.
- Adjust to new or unexpected events and to problem solve.
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing with clients and their families, colleagues, physicians, and other health care staff.
- Listen and seek information in a way that promotes communication and leads to a co-operative problem solving in a multidisciplinary setting.
- Work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
- Deal effectively with conflict situations, manage aggressive behaviour and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques.
- Establish workload priorities in collaboration with others in a complex health care environment.
- Lead, direct and advise.
- Teach, demonstrate and coach clients and co-workers one-on-one and in groups.
- Conduct CPR.
- Operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, Internet and e-mail software.
- Operate related equipment.
- Carry out the physical duties of the position
- Complete documentation that is in compliance with ministry, agency and legal requirements.
You have a broad knowledge of:
Utilizing developmental theories, family dynamics, behaviour management modalities; providing direct treatment through individual, group and family therapies; and other treatment services for adult offenders and their care givers.
The service delivery system for adults at risk at the local, regional and provincial level.
Social work theory and Forensic Psychiatric Social Work practice
BCCSW professional practice standards.
Other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
Bill C30 and the Provincial Court system.
Psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).
If this sounds like you, apply now!
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS www.bcmhsus.ca) provides tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across BC. BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA.) PHSA provides specialized health services to British Columbians, including cancer care, organ transplantation, pediatrics, emergency services, mental health and substance use services. 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: https://jobs.phsa.ca/family-brands
We hire on the basis of merit and encourage all qualified applicants 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, backgrounds and experiences. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where everyone can come to work and be their best, authentic self.
- Regular, Full-Time
- BSW Wage: $30.75 to $38.33 per hour
- MSW Wage: $34.26 to $42.73 per hour
- Monday to Friday, 0800 – 1600
- 70 Colony Farm Road, Port Coquitlam
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