Social Worker - Couchiching FHT (Orillia)

Couchiching Family Health Team

Position:  Social Worker (32 to 40 hours)

Reports To:  Executive Director

Position Summary: As a key member of The Couchiching Family Health Team (CFHT), and an integral part of an interdisciplinary health care team, you will provide mental health counselling/therapy and other therapeutic services for individuals, families and groups as part of an interdisciplinary team.  Your primary roles are to work in partnership with CFHT to perform intake (via a semi-structured interview) for the Mental Health Team, patient biopsychosocial assessments, provide short-term counselling, education, and advocacy with a focus on children and adolescents. Roles and Responsibilities:
              Semi-structured Assessments   (Intake)
  •   Review referrals &   patient charts
  •   Complete biopsychosocial   assessments of referred clients
  •   Assess urgency and recommend   for short term counseling or refer to community resources as appropriate
  •   Involve patients in decisions   about their own mental health, identify client strengths
  •   Record/discuss other   resources for patients (ie benefits or EAP)
  •   Flag cases for presentation   at MH Team meetings for case assignment
             Biopsychosocial Assessments
  •   Provide biopsychosocial   assessment of patients and families
  •   Monitor, record and report   symptoms and changes in patients’ conditions
  •   Collect information by   developing a relationship with the client
  •   Provide counselling/treatment   including instrumental, therapeutic, supportive, psycho-educational and   crisis interventions all within the scope of best practices
  •   Provide mental health   treatment in the form of individual, group, and family therapy
  •   Caseload with a balance of   short/long-term therapy services, with particular regard to individual/family   issues and decisions that impact the health of the patient/family
  •   Coordinate referrals and   facilitate access to other health care providers and community organizations
  •   Maintain communication with   patients and families with consent and physicians
  •   Monitor patient goals and   outcomes through ongoing assessment and documentation of treatment progress
  •   Participate in treatment   planning with other team members
  •   Consult with team members and   external professionals involved in the care of patients
  •   Initiate group programs to   promote and support patients as they strive to achieve the highest possible   level of mental health
  •   Act as an advocate for   patients and their families
  •   Assist in overcoming barriers   within health care system for timely delivery of services
  •   Help patients identify and   use health resources, including those available in the community and from   community agencies
  •   Involve patients in decisions   about their own health, encourage self-management initiatives
  •   Participate in case   presentations/reviews and discussion within the team
  •   Develop/research learning   resources for health care providers
  •   Present on various aspects of   social work to FHT to assist them in their practice
  •   Coach/mentor peers, students   and other members of the health care team
  •   Maintain current discipline   specific standards of practice
  •   Maintain awareness &   understanding of current Mental Health legislation
  •   Primary responsibility for   intakes on the team
  •   Collaborate with members of   an interdisciplinary health team to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate   patient care in consultation with patients and their families
  •   Liaise and consult with other   agencies/programs/services as required
  •   Provide communication to   hospital and community staff and other inter-professional team members, as   required, to ensure smooth transition for care between care sites
  •   Review current policies   annually to provide input and offer suggestions for change
  •   Receive patient phone calls,   provide consultation and arrange for follow-up appointments as necessary
  •   Collect accurate and   comprehensive patient-related information and document on clinical management   system
  •   Complete documentation   required to facilitate care for the patient (reports, referrals, forms, etc)
  •   Keep monthly statistics for   the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)
  •   Maintain an organized   appointment schedule
  •   Monitor referrals from the   team and assist with waitlist mgt
  •   Participate in program   planning and evaluation within the team or externally as appropriate
Skills/Knowledge Requirements:
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to adjust language and terminology to suit the individual patient or patient group (including cultural sensitivity)
  • Strong clinical skills with particular interest/skill in treating children, youth, and families; demonstrated ability to utilize best practices for mental health treatment
  • Autonomous and able to function with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work effectively with all members of the health care team
  • Ability to work in an inter-professional team environment
  • Ability to prioritize, manage time effectively and be flexible in a very active work environment
              Computer Skills
  • Familiarity with a PC OS environment
  • Experience with scheduling and electronic medical record keeping using a clinical management system (Practice Solutions) is an asset
              Language Skills
  • English required; Second language not required but would be an asset
Education/Specific Job Requirements:
  • Minimum Education:  Masters Degree in Social Work or a Social Science
  • Child, youth, and family focus using individual, group, and family therapy modalities
  • Registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act
  • Must be able to work evenings.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience working in mental health with children, youth, and families
  • Clinical experience working collaboratively with a community-based agency preferable
  • Teaching and experience facilitating treatment groups an asset
The Couchiching Family Health Team supports diversity, equity and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and disabled persons. Personal information contained in applications will be used for recruitment purposes and collected as per Freedom of Information (F.O.I.) and Protection of Privacy Act, 1987. While we thank all applicants, only those contacted for an interview will be acknowledged.  Qualified candidates with Masters Degree are asked to please submit cover letter and resume including position title in subject line