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Social Worker 2 - Older Adult Mental Health. Job in Richmond Care Jobs

Richmond, British Columbia
Job Type
Full Time
6 May 2022
Job Description:
Job Title: Social Worker 2 - Older Adult Mental Health
Work Site:

Older Adult Mental Health, Richmond Mental Health Services -

Location: 7671 Alderbridge Way, 3rd Floor - Richmond, BC

Status: Regular Full Time
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $36.99 - $46.27 per hour


Days off: Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays

Reference#: 162121-jzh

Come work as a Social Worker with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Social Worker to join the Older Adult Mental Health team in Richmond, BC. Apply today to join our team!

This is a great role with a high functioning team where Social Work skills are appreciated and sought after. The position is an ideal match for someone with expertise working with seniors who have complex presentations related to dementia and concurrent medical issues. The candidate should thrive on being part of a dynamic, interprofessional team including nursing, psychiatry, occupational therapy and rehabilitation assistants. Looking for someone who brings a positive, solution focussed approach with a passion for supporting seniors and their families.

As a Social Worker with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

Provide social work assessments and services using current theory and evidence based practice.
Work as part of an interdisciplinary community mental health & substance use care team to provide treatment and services that are both inclusionary and flexible for individuals with mental illness and substance use to meet the needs of the client.
Attend clinical care conferences as a member of an interdisciplinary team for client reviews, admissions and discharges.
Act as a Designated Responder complying with the Adult Guardianship Legislation.
Provide consultative and direct services to clients, families, staff and community health professionals regarding issues such as: adult guardianship, advanced directives, domestic violence, abuse and/or neglect, immigration, housing, financial concerns, or matters concerning government agencies (public trustee) and authorities (courts, police).


Education & Experience

Master of Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work Two (2) years' recent, related experience working in a setting with the specific population this program supports, particularly those who may have complex mental health and substance use issues.

Valid BC Driver's License. Local area travel requires the use of a personal vehicle.

Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.

Knowledge & Abilities

Knowledge of the principles of recovery in mental health and substance use.
Extensive knowledge of Adult Guardianship Act, Mental Health Act, Consent the Patients Property Act, and Heath Care Consent and Care Facility Admission Act.
Knowledge and familiarity with available financial support specific to patient population.
Knowledge of MSP and Pharmacare, including Special Authority
Knowledge and understanding of Public Guardian and Trustee.
Broad knowledge of social work theory and practice within a client and family centred model of care
Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation methodology.
Knowledge of community, social and mental health resources.
Ability to identify emotional, social, or environmental barriers and intervene to eliminate stigma.
Knowledge of non-violent crisis intervention.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with internal and external clients.
Broad knowledge of mental health and substance use.
Broad knowledge of research methodology, counselling skills and clinical practice models.
Broad knowledge of family, group and change therapy.
Demonstrated ability to apply systems theory to practice in Social Work assessment and intervention.
Demonstrated ability to conduct social and psychosocial assessments.
Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with clients and families.
Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events and deal effectively with conflict.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Basic understanding of trauma-informed care.
Communicates effectively and in a culturally safe manner with client, caregivers and health care team.
Knowledge and training of Indigenous Cultural safety and experience providing culturally safe care to Indigenous people, families, and communities.
Knowledge and ability to provide services using a harm reduction approach.
Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.
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  • Job Reference: 585436228-2
  • Date Posted: 6 May 2022
  • Employer: Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Location: Richmond, British Columbia
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Mental Health, Social Worker
  • Job Type: Full Time