Social Worker MSW
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Hamilton, ON
Job Number: 77929
Job: Health Professional/Assistant
Primary Location: Ontario-Hamilton
This position will be located at: Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre
Status: Regular Full-time
Hours per week: 37.5
Number of Openings: 1
Union Code: CUPE 7800
Minimum Salary: 36.5188 Hourly
Maximum Salary: 49.0552
Post Date: Aug 21, 2019, 4:00:00 AM
Close Date (Period for Applying) - External: Aug 28, 2019, 3:59:00 AM

Unit Summary

The Child and Youth Mental Health Outpatient Service is an integral part of the Child and Youth Mental Health Program at McMaster Children's Hospital. This team provides psychiatric consultation, individual and family mental health assessment and treatment, and group treatment to those experiencing complex mental health difficulties (many with comorbidities) and is affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University and the Offord Centre for Child Studies. With more than 10,000 annual visits each year this multidisciplinary team works with partners including pediatricians, family physicians, education, child welfare and other community agencies in the provision of comprehensive and evidence based mental health services to children and youth residing in Hamilto

Position Summary

The Social Worker conducts mental health psycho-social assessments of children, youth and their families. The Social Worker delivers a range of evidence based services/interventions to individuals, families and groups including case management, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), emotion focused family therapy (EFFT), family therapy, and psychoeducational intervention. The Social Worker role engages with community resources including community and other hospital based mental health programs, schools and adult services to facilitate transitions, communication and advocacy to provide the best care for clients and families. The Social Worker will identify and make referrals to appropriate supports and resources as required.In addition to providing a clinical service the Social Worker participates in the development of the multidisciplinary team, contributes to new and ongoing research and quality assurance projects, and provides consultation/liaison to other caregivers and community agencies. The Social Worker may also provide education to the public and other professionals on issues relevant to the field of child and youth mental health.

Schedule Work Hours

Monday to Friday; days (requires some evening work)


1. Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work
2. Current Certificate of Registration with the College of Social Workers and Social Service
3. Specific training and relevant three (3) years experience in facilitating therapeutic and psychoeducational groups for children, youth and parents
4. Minimum of 3 years recent and relevant experience in a pediatric mental health setting with expertise in providing individual, group and family therapy for children, adolescents and families
5. Excellent knowledge and demonstrated use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Based Therapy (DBT, Emotion Focused Emotion Therapy (EFFT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) with a pediatric mental health population.
6. Expertise in a range of therapeutic modalities and interventions including evidence-based therapeutic practice in assessment and treatment of children, youth and their families as demonstrated by three years of recent relevant experience in a mental health setting serving an outpatient pediatric population
7. Excellent knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Consent to Treatment Act, and the Child and Family Services Act
8. Expert knowledge of community-based resources
9. Demonstrated expertise and strong knowledge base in the occurrence and range of child and youth mental health disorders and difficulties
10. Demonstrated expertise and strong knowledge base to support triage activities of new referrals.
11. Demonstrated proficiency in report writing relating to assessment, consultation and treatment services
12. Excellent written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills
13. Demonstrated problem solving, critical thinking, and organizational skills
14. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a multi-disciplinary team
15. Willingness to participate in a criminal reference screening process
16. Fluency in French is an asset
17. Must be able to obtain a valid Vulnerable Sector Screen (VSS)

Hamilton Health Sciences fosters a culture of patient and staff safety, whereby all employees are guided by our Mission, Vision, Values, and Values Based Code of Conduct. Hamilton Health Sciences is a teaching hospital and all staff and physicians are expected to support students and other learners.

To be considered for this opportunity applicants must apply during the posting period. All internal and external applicants may ONLY apply via the Careers website.

Hamilton Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate any needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, if requested. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application processes, please contact HR Services at 905-521-2100, Ext. 46947 for assistance. If the applicant requires a specific accommodation because of a disability during an interview, the applicant will need to advise the hiring manager when scheduling the interview and the appropriate accommodations can be made.

This competition is open to all qualified applicants, however, qualified internal applicants will be considered first. Past performance will be considered as part of the selection process. If you are a previous employee of Hamilton Health Sciences, please note: the circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment

Proficiency in both Official Languages, French and English, is considered an asset

If this position is temporary, selection for this position will be as per the outlined Collective Agreements:

Article 30 (k), CUPE Collective Agreement
Article 10.7 (d), ONA Collective Agreement
Article 13.01 (b) (ii), OPSEU 273 Collective Agreement
Article 14.04, OPSEU 209 Collective Agreement
Article 2.07 and Article 13, PIPSC RT Collective Agreement