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Temporary Full Time – Mental Health & Addiction – Social Worker

Grand River Hospital

This is a Contract position in Kitchener, ON posted August 25, 2020.

Job Description

MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION PROGRAM  Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services

Temporary Full Time Social Worker Until approximately July 31, 2022

Monday – Friday 7.5 Hour Shifts some days and evenings



At Grand River Hospital, we work with the communities we serve towards life-long health and well-being for all. We exist to provide exceptional care through inspired people, one patient at a time. Our Mental Health & Addictions Program strives to deliver exceptional patient experience, excellent patient access, and engaged staff.

Reporting to the Clinical Manager, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Outpatient Services, you will work primarily in our outpatient interdisciplinary services.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Provides psychosocial and family system assessment, treatment recommendations, referral and discharge planning for children and adolescents in response to the unique and complex needs of this population 
• Triage referrals from community partners including family physicians and pediatricians to help ensure the right patients are seen at the right place at the right time
• Able to adapt model of care interventions, including working within a 1-3 session model, provide risk assessment, crisis management and recommendations, referral and discharge planning for children and adolescents in response to the unique and complex needs of this population 
• Actively involved in family education initiatives aimed at enhancing coping and reducing distress
• Works effectively with members of the multidisciplinary team in establishing and monitoring processes, improving continuity of care for patients, and enhancing collaborative relationships with other care providers
• Participates in service committees and quality improvement initiatives as required
• Engages in professional development and continuing education
• Assists with program development and evaluation as required Participates in team building, service development and improvement activities striving to contribute to a healthy workplace environment
• Other duties as assigned



• Master of Social Work degree with registration in good standing with OCSWSSW
• Clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with mental health disorders, preferably within a hospital based outpatient service setting
• Demonstrated knowledge of best practice guidelines pertaining to the assessment and treatment of child and adolescent disorders
• Demonstrated skill in mental health assessment and crisis management
• Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to Grand River Hospital Mental Health & Addiction Program comprehensive safety programs and practices including staff, patient and environmental safety
• Proven ability to work effectively with other health care providers and community service and school board providers
• Excellent organizational, prioritization and problem-solving abilities
• Proven to have strong interpersonal skills and written and verbal communication skills
• Good attendance record