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Social Worker – Contract Position

Maplewood House and MSA Manor are long-term care homes in Abbotsford operated by Maplewood Care Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in supporting individuals with chronic illness.  There are 112 people who live in the two care homes. There is also a Day Program for Older Adults serving an average of 65 clients per week and support for caregivers.

We currently are seeking to fill the contract positions of Social Worker

As a member of the care team upholding Maplewood Care Society’s Mission, Vision, and Values, and established policies and procedures, committing to professional and facility codes of ethics and functions within the regulations, standards, and guidelines governing residential care.

Under the direction of the Director of Resident Services, this position provides psycho-social/emotional assessments, crisis intervention, and therapeutic clinical services to clients (residents, tenants, and families) in the assigned clinical areas by using a variety of modalities, and in accordance with the British Columbia College of Registered Social Workers Professional Standards, Clinical Policies, Practices, and Code of Ethics.

Participate with the resident care multi-interdisciplinary team in developing resident care plans, facility resources, and programming linkages, including transfer and discharge planning from a Social Work perspective.

Provide a liaison with the community social work agencies and resources.

Participate as a member of local communities and planning bodies as assigned.

Provide education and consultation to residents, families, and the interdisciplinary team regarding psychosocial/emotional aspects of illness/injury/disease/health and Social Work Practice.

Duties and Functions:

  1. Conducts social work and psychosocial-emotional assessments of residents and families for the purpose of defining problems, assessing needs, and coordinating appropriate resources to meet such needs. This includes liaisoning with appropriate facilities and community agencies.
  2. Provides therapeutic counselling services (individual and/or group) to clients and families experiencing covert circumstances related to a variety of medical diagnoses including end-of-life care.
  3. Follows up and provides ongoing monitoring of complex psychosocial situations; response to interventions.
  4. Provides support to Maplewood Care Society Resident Family Council adhering to Fraser Health Authority Guidelines and Supports; including implementing and overseeing educational and family support programming and services relevant to residential care facility placement that affects family and loved ones of Maplewood Care Society.
  5. Participates in Resident Care Conferences by collaborating with the multi-interdisciplinary team, resident and family members in identifying and planning resident care; including providing input into residents psychosocial/emotional needs from a social work perspective.
  6. Promotes client autonomy by ensuring their participation in the planning, decision-making, and development of problem-solving abilities.
  7. Collaborates with the financial accounting department regarding resident account concerns including facilitating community referrals for supportive financial needs and/or legal investigative services.
  8. Advocates for residents, families, the multi-disciplinary team, and other resident support and care staff from a psychosocial/emotional social work platform.
  9. Records, charts, maintains, and updates resident health records in accordance with the Maplewood Care Society expectations and the BCCSW Standards of Practice.
  10. Assists and participates in the development and provision of facility in-service training relative to the Professional Social Work discipline adhering to BCCSW standards and FHA directives.
  11. Provides input to the ED and DORS on the development of the social work programs, including goals, evaluation, policy, and standards.
  12. Participates in quality improvement activities by providing input into the development, implementation, and evaluation of program goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
  13. Attends organization and multidisciplinary meetings as required.
  14. Participates on facility committees representing the discipline of Registered Social Worker.
  15. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Professional Qualifications

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work from an accredited school of Social Work. Five (5) years’ recent, experience in Complex Care is preferred.
  • Holds a current valid registration with the Board of Registration for Social Workers in British Columbia

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of psychosocial/emotional issues related to illness, injury, disease, and current Social Work treatment modalities used to ameliorate these issues to promote healing.
  • Knowledge of counselling skills, including brief solution-focused therapeutic (individual/group); crisis intervention, and resource counselling and ability to transfer this knowledge and skill to interventions with clients.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of knowledge, skill, effectiveness, self-awareness, and self-correction in verbal communications with clients, peers, supervisors, interdisciplinary team, and community agencies/service providers and in establishing a climate of trust and mutual respect.
  • Knowledge of the key issues and current Social Work practice in the areas of geriatrics and chronic disease management.
  • Knowledge of legislation /acts applicable to social work in Health Care as follows: AGL, Mental Health, FOI, Organ donation, and ability to apply the principles within as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with clients, the health care environment, independently, as part of a multidisciplinary team, and understanding the framework of other disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage conflict.
  • Ability to provide leadership to the interdisciplinary team in Resident Care Conferences. Ability to facilitate group meetings, processes, and decision-making.
  • Ability to participate with the interdisciplinary team in care planning for the effective utilization of client/system resources.
  • Ability to educate and provide consultation to clients and health care professionals.
  • Ability to make effective referrals, reflecting in-depth knowledge of facility and community resources and strong collaborative skills in working with facility and community health and social agency personnel.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload in a complex environment.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.

Working Environment

  • Ability to sit and work on the computer for extended periods of time.
  • Must be in good health and free from communicable diseases.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
  • Available to work some evenings and some weekends.