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Social Worker: Diabetes Program
The Hospital for Sick Children is a leading tertiary pediatric centre providing medical and mental health care to the most complex children and youth and their families. A dynamic clinical, education and research environment, SickKids is committed to excellence in integrated inter-professional care. It is a centre of excellence in the delivery of cutting edge health care to the pediatric population.
As the social worker in the diabetes program, you will develop and implement plans of intervention that address coping, relationships, and quality of life. This will be achieved through a variety of modalities including individual, family and group therapy applying evidence-informed interventions, inter-professional consultation, case management, and community outreach and advocacy. You will integrate research into practice and create, utilize and/or disseminate new knowledge. The social worker in this role is a member of several collaborative interprofessional teams that function within the Diabetes Program, primarily in an ambulatory setting. You may also contribute to team discussions and brief intervention work for children and youth admitted to hospital. Knowledge and experience in the care of children and youth with diabetes is an asset.
Here's What You'll Get to Do:
Develop and implement an intervention plan that addresses adaptation, coping, adherence and quality of life. This will be achieved through a variety of modalities including crisis intervention, individual, group and family therapy, consultation, case management, community outreach and advocacy.
Develop and implement treatment plans which build coping skills, improve relationships and quality of life. Such treatment would be conducted through a variety of modalities including family therapy, Narrative Therapy/brief therapy/ solution-focused models, Motivational Interviewing, Emotion-Focused Therapy and Third-Wave Mindfulness-Based treatment
Assume responsibility for all aspects of practice including issues of productivity and utilization
Work collaboratively with external community partners, including children’s aid societies, police, and children’s mental health agencies
Collaborate/communicate with hospital health care teams and community agencies.
Practice in a manner that is consistent with the philosophy of continuous quality improvement and evidence-based practice.
Collaborate with a diverse interdisciplinary health care team
Integrate research into practice
Provide education to other members of the team in terms of social work interventions that benefit patients and families
Work collaboratively with a dynamic interprofessional team in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
Here’s What You’ll Need:
A Master’s degree in Social Work.
Registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
A deep understanding of the depth and complexity of issues children, youth and families living with chronic illness, concurrent mental health conditions, and social-economic stress
Well-developed assessment and intervention skills including therapeutic skills as well as skills in crisis management, parent work and other mental health interventions.
Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and experience with the following evidence-based therapeutic modalities: family therapy, emotion-focused therapy, Narrative Therapy and other brief therapy/solution-focused models, MI, CBT, Mindfulness-Based CBT, Mindfulness-based Self-Compassion, and ACT
Experience with populations with potential comorbid factors (e.g., eating disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma history)
Knowledge and experience working with a strengths-based/positive psychology, trauma-informed, and harm reduction approach to care
Commitment to Anti-Oppressive Practice as well as sensitive to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and within the community
Well-developed strengths in advocacy and collaboration.
Knowledge of the network of community services and resources; an understanding of health care delivery systems and the practice of social work in a secondary setting is also important.
Ability to collaborate effectively as a member of the health care team and to take initiative and leadership when appropriate.
Commitment to remain abreast of current literature and relevant developments in clinical practice.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated attention to detail and efficient time management.
Demonstrated ability to function as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team.
Demonstrated belief in lifelong learning and evidence-based practice.
Employment Type: Permanent, Full-time
Our Commitment to Diversity
The children and families we care for are diverse, and so are our employees. All are welcome to join our unique organizational culture and be part of our inclusive team.
If requested, SickKids is proud to make available accommodations to support applicants with disabilities during the interview and assessment process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially. SickKids is also committed to providing services in both official languages and our preference is to hire employees who are fluent in both English and French whenever possible.
Thank you for your interest in joining SickKids. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with our Hospital policy, employment at SickKids is conditional upon the Hospital’s receipt of all necessary documentation.
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