Social Worker
Carefor Health & Community Services - Cornwall, ON

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Location: Hospice Cornwall
Position: One (1) Part Time Position (15 hours per week)

Summary of Function: The Hospice Cornwall Social Worker is a member of the multidisciplinary team responsible for providing social casework, case management, family and group work services to Hospice clients, families and staff. Care is provided within the framework of quality & risk management and the standards and scope of practice set by Carefor and the provincial regulatory body (OCSWSSW) for the Social Worker.

1. Scope of Practice/Responsibilities

In all Carefor programs, the Social Worker provides service consistent with the standards established by Carefor and provincial regulatory agencies/bodies. The standards of practice include: assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.

  • Provides complete, relevant assessment of the client and their environment utilizing pre-set procedures
  • Develops a care plan with the client and family based on the assessment
  • Implements strategies or interventions according to the established care plan
  • Understands and practices role in relation to Standards of Practice for Social Workers and Carefor policies and procedures
  • Describes, evaluates and documents client’s responses to care plan utilizing established procedures
  • Utilizes appropriate interviewing and communication skills to obtain information from the client/family
  • Describes and documents client care activity clearly, concisely, accurately and appropriately, according to Carefor standards
  • Evaluates client’s/families responses to care plan for the achievement of realistic client-centered outcomes and revises plan as required
  • Demonstrates respect for client’s choices and decisions
  • Informs clients of foreseeable risks as well as rights, opportunities and obligations associated with the provision of Social Work services
  • Reports and discusses client's status on a regular basis with other members of the health care team as appropriate
  • Propose an annual professional development/education plan for the Hospice team
  • Incorporate and strengthen collaborative and multi-disciplinary teamwork
  • Assist the implementation of regularly scheduled Quality Assurance initiatives: Chart Audit, Peer Review and Best Practice Guidelines

2. Accountabilities

  • Maximize the functioning and independence of clients by providing psychosocial counseling services to individuals, families and staff
  • Ensure proper treatment and accountability by collecting statistical data, preparing statistics and reports and maintaining patient records, assessment notes and correspondence within the safeguard of confidentiality
  • Act as a resource person to Hospice Cornwall staff, clients and community residents by compiling information on community resources and facilitate access to those resources by liaising with community groups

3. Qualifications and Experience

  • Licensed with the College of Social Work and Social Services of Ontario
  • Certification or eligibility for membership in the Ontario Association of Professional Social Workers
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work Preferred
  • Current and valid driver’s license
  • Minimum of three (3) years counseling/therapy experience, preferably in a community based human service organization
  • Experience with end-of-life/palliative care/bereavement counseling an asset
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience in using a variety of different therapeutic approaches, including models of crisis intervention, brief therapy, couples and family interventions, work with survivors of adult and/or childhood trauma and long term interventions
  • Knowledge and proficiency in current assessment and psychological counseling techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of community resources
  • Demonstrated ability to value diversity, be client-centered, and express flexibility and a positive attitude
  • Proficiency and experience working in a computerized environment an asset
  • Knowledge of the French language is a definite asset

The successful candidate will be prepared to commence employment as soon as possible.

Candidates must demonstrate the following characteristics: Effective Communication, Accountability, Client/Customer Focus, Teamwork, Quality Improvement, Adaptability to Change, Confidentiality, and Caring/Respect.

Eligible candidates should submit a resume clearly outlining their ability to fulfill all position requirements by mail or in person to: Nicole Bissonnette, Human Resources Advisor: 205 Amelia Street, Cornwall, ON K6H 3P3, by fax at (613) 932-0998, or by replying to this ad on or before September 27th, 2013.

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