Social Worker, MSW (PT) – Haldimand FHT (Hagersville)

Haldimand Family Health Team Employment Opportunity

POSITION: Social Worker (MSW) –  up to 0.6 FTE

An exciting opportunity is now available for a Social Worker to work as a member of the Haldimand Family Health Team, serving approximately 14,000 patients in Caledonia, Hagersville and Dunnville areas.

The Social Worker provides assessment, ongoing treatment and management of the biopsychosocial aspects of health and well-being of our clients and participates in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs to meet the needs of the patients and community.  Working in collaboration with an inter-professional healthcare team, the Social Worker assists health promotion, disease prevention, and chronic disease management across a patient’s lifespan. This position will require working at more than one site and a reliable vehicle is required.

See attached job description for further details.

Position Title: Clinical social worker

Reporting To: Executive Director or designate

Type of Position: Part Time

Hours:  24 hours per week

Position Statement:

The Haldimand Family Health Team (HFHT) is an interprofessional Family Health Team (FHT) ensuring access to comprehensive primary health care to individuals, families and the community. There are three clinic locations: Dunnville, Caledonia and Hagersville. This position will be based out of all three sites.

The HFHT is comprised of a team that includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, dietitian, psychotherapist, respiratory educator and social workers, all supported by an administrative and clinical support team.

Position Profile:

As a key member of the HFHT, and an integral part of an interprofessional health care team, the Clinical Social Worker (SW) will deliver care in accordance with HFHT policies, professional practice standards and ethics, best practice guidelines and in accordance with regulations set out by:

  • The College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Social Work and Social Services Act (1998)
  • Regulated Health Professions Act (1991)

The SW within the HFHT will deliver services addressing a broad range of mental health and social issues. This service will be provided to individuals, couples and families, promoting overall health and well-being.

All clinical decision making outside the scope of the SW must be done in accordance with established Medical Directives or in consultation with a physician of the HFHT.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The SW will provide counselling sessions for individuals suffering from, but not limited to: mild to moderate anxiety, panic disorder, mild to moderate depression, grief reaction, adjustment disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Provides evidence-based treatment/management of mental health problems
  • Monitors client goals and outcomes through ongoing assessment and documentation of treatment progress
  • Responds to client telephone calls and provides telephone advice, where appropriate
  • Consults with other members of the health care team involved in the care of clients
  • Co-ordinates referrals and facilitates access to other health care providers and community programs and services as appropriate
  • Liaises and consults with community programs and services, as required
  • Involves clients in decisions about their own health including goal setting and treatment planning
  • Assists clients and their families in navigating the health care and/or social services system and act as an advocate for clients and their families
  • Helps clients and families identify and appropriately use accurate, up-to-date mental health resources
  • Aims to tailor services to the individual client or client group and promotes client self-management
  • Provides education to clients and families related to health promotion and the prevention of mental health problems
  • The SW is also expected to build relationships with outside organizations such as CCAC and CAMH in order to provide clients with access to the full range of resources available in the community.
  • Maintain accurate, concise and confidential documentation.
  • Design and carry out group education sessions in collaboration with other HFHT members.
  • Work collaboratively with the health care team in the development, implementation and ongoing monitoring of programs.
  • Supports the education, training, and professional development needs of team members.
  • Participates in and supports quality improvement initiatives and program development in alignment with HFHT’s Strategic Plan.
  • Reviews clinic data regularly and uses the data to aid in the proactive management of patient populations.
  • Engage in continuous learning and professional development opportunities


  • Master of Social Work (MSW) from a recognized university required
  • Current and in good standing membership of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Current evidence of professional liability insurance
  • Preference given to those with 3-5 years experience assessing and managing mental health and social problems and with prior experience in primary care
  • Formal training and experience in evidence-based treatments such as, but not limited to, IPT and CBT
  • Proficiencies in assessment, psychotherapy and psychological counseling techniques for working with individuals, couples and families
  • Ability to complete risk assessment and to deal with clients (and their families) in crisis
  • Group experience an asset
  • Knowledge of current mental health and privacy legislation
  • General understanding of commonly used psychotropic medications and their side effects and interactions
  • Excellent problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Case management experience an asset
  • Ability to provide effective and accessible education/care to individuals, families, and community groups based on current best practice recommendations
  • Ability to function independently and in a collaborative and interdisciplinary primary health care team.
  • Self-directed individual with strong organizational, interpersonal, assessment and prioritization skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and working experience with computer systems and applications. Prior experience and knowledge of OSCAR or an electronic medical record would be an asset.
  • Must have own vehicle and valid Ontario driver’s license.

In order to meet the needs of Haldimand Family Health Team and it’s patients, the HFHT reserves the right to change an employee’s duties, work location, responsibilities and reporting relationships as needed, provided that any new duties and responsibilities remain suitable for the employee’s current skill level and position.


Qualified and interested applicants are invited to submit a detailed resume and cover letter no later than November 19, 2018 by one of the following ways:

Fax:      905-768-2879

Mail:    Haldimand Family Health Team. 75 Parkview Road, Suite 7. Hagersville. ON. N0A 1H0


We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a criminal background check and medical screening.