Social Worker (MSW) - Mental Health Eating Disorders, BC Children's Hospital
Help us improve the lives of children with eating disorders.
In this role, you will:
- Lead the interdisciplinary team and advanced level clinical services for children and youth with eating disorders and their families.
- Coordinate care and treatment. Provide complex family assessments, family therapy, individual therapy and group therapy, and teach across BC using Tele-health.
- Teach eating disorder family therapy to trainees across disciplines within the team and across BC as well as psychiatric residents and fellows. Present locally, provincially, nationally and internationally at conferences. Consult to professionals and teams throughout BC regarding eating disorders, child protection concerns and other legislative issues.
- Lead program planning and clinical practice guidelines, evaluate and develop clinical treatment practices, initiate and participate in psychosocial research, and maintain knowledge on research and best practices.
- Plays a central role as a liaison and education with community agencies and resources such as MCFD, schools, other hospitals, eating disorders teams, community mental health, interpreter services and charitable organizations.
As our successful candidate, you will also:
- Be the clinical lead for the client and their family and the lead family therapist in a family-based model. Provide advanced clinical services. Coordinate treatment, guide the interdisciplinary team in the clinical care, provide clinical leadership within the interdisciplinary team, and determine when to bring in other community resources. Provide intense family therapy to patients and families in the Intense Treatment Service (ITS), inpatient, day treatment and outpatient program; foster a positive treatment milieu, policies, and routines attuned to cultural, religious and ethnic differences; and provide advanced level family assessments and treatment recommendations.
- Provide clinical consultation and participate in complex discharge planning.
- Provide individual and group therapy within the context of the ITS, day treatment and outpatient program which includes co-facilitating therapy groups such as Art Therapy, Dialetical Behaviour Therapy Groups, meal support therapy, multi-family groups and parent support groups.
- Lead program planning and develop clinical practice guidelines.
- Maintain knowledge of best practices, relevant legislation, and community resources.
- A Master’s Degree in Social Work from a recognized program.
- At least three (3) years of experience providing family therapy in a related mental health setting with children and youth including two (2) years of experience with eating disorders or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- A post-masters certificate from a recognized family therapy training program.
- Completed post-master’s professional development workshops in areas of clinical intervention that may include at least two of the following: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Group Therapy.
- Current full registration with the BC College of Social Workers.
You have knowledge of:
- Issues related to eating disorders in children and youth and the psychosocial impact for patients and families.
- DSM IV diagnostic criteria for children and youth with eating disorders and related mental health co-morbid diagnoses.
- Best practices in eating disorders treatment and evidence-based clinical intervention including family therapy, family-based treatment and cognitive behavioural therapy methods and their applications.
- Eating disorders resources including St. Paul’s Adult Eating Disorders Program and programs and teams in BC and across Canada.
- Legislation affecting children and families in mental health.
- Child protection risk factors and legal issues relevant to child protection reporting.
- Current relevant local community agencies including MCFD, eating disorders teams throughout BC, and charitable organizations.
You have demonstrated:
- Advanced clinical skills in family assessment and individual, family and group therapy.
- The ability to use Tele-health technology as a medium in treatment to provide education and family and group therapy.
- Program development skills and the ability to identify gaps/needs and plan programs/develop services for eating disorder patients and their families.
- Initiative and self-direction in pursuing advanced professional development.
- The ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
- The ability to provide leadership, problem solves, and deal with and/or guide others in the resolution of conflict issues.
- Teaching skills sufficient to provide high-quality presentations at an international level.
- The ability to work collaboratively and effectively in an inter-professional environment.
If this sounds like you, apply now!
- Regular, Full-Time
- Wage: $35.56 - $44.36 per hour
- Monday to Friday, 0900-1700
- 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 2N9
BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province’s most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC. BCCH is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which 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/programs-and-services
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.