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Professional - SOCIAL WORKER - MENTAL HEALTH (13-190 MH)
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Competition Number: 13-190 MH
Status: Permanent Full Time
Program: Mental Health
Reports To: Program Manager, Mental Health
Hours: Days, Evenings and Weekends, 7.5 Hour Shifts
Published here: 2013-05-10

Posting Summary:

Reporting to the Program Manager, the Registered Social Worker will be experienced in a community-based environment providing assessment, counseling, case management, advocacy, patient education, and collaborative knowledge regarding community linkages as a member of an interdisciplinary team working with people who have major psychiatric illnesses.  This Social Worker position is dedicated to work within the Mental Health Program, dedicated to the Mental Health Stepping Stones Day Hospital and 3 South Inpatient Service providing a continuum of service.  The incumbent will be expected to provide crisis consultation, assessment and short-term treatment intervention in response to the unique and complex needs of the clients.  The Social Worker will plan, organize and implement care services as part of an inter-professional team using the principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation within a Recovery Model of service.  Family, individual and group skills are required as well as a good working knowledge and ability to link with other service providers in the hospital and community.  The incumbent will provide psychosocial assessments and appropriate interventions to help patients achieve optimum recovery/rehabilitation and quality of life, for the purposes of promoting positive personal growth and development.  S/he will be responsible for providing individual, couple, family and group therapy along with linking clients to appropriate resources within a diverse community. In order to meet the needs of the program and clients some evening work may be required.  The Social Worker is also expected to contribute to program development and participate in research activities, and organize and collaborate in the planning and implementation of social work best practices within interdisciplinary team environment. The social worker will focus on reintegration of clients into community-based treatment services. The overall goal of the Service is to enhance the functioning of individuals with mental illness and their families through the provision of individual, family or group treatment.


• Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited University (mandatory)
• Current registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (required).
• Working knowledge of relevant legislation including the Mental Health Act and the Criminal Code of Canada; Health Care Consent Act; Substitute Decisions Act and Child & Family Services Act.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Canada Pension Plan Disability, Ontario Disability Support Programs, Powers of Attorney, and Alternate Level of Care.
• A minimum of three years of current and/or recent experience in the field of Mental Health.
• Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the following areas:
• Psycho-social assessment of individuals and families.
• Well-developed counseling skills in individual, family and group modalities.
• Superior skills required in communication, advocacy on behalf of clients, collaboration with inter-professional team, consultation with professional colleagues in the Hospital and the community.
• Strong interpersonal skills to function as a productive member of the interdisciplinary team.
• Demonstrated success with complex case management and discharge planning.
• Demonstrated commitment to own professional development and ongoing education.
• Interest and demonstrated abilities in program planning & development and research preferred.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work independently and in a team setting
• Individual, couple, family and group therapy experience
• Demonstrated ability to broker and coordinate community resources.
• Ability to set priorities, organize and coordinate activities.
• Demonstrated skills in program development, implementation and evaluation.
• Experience in providing services to clients with chronic mental illness, crisis intervention and addiction issues is an asset.
• Experience working in psychiatric/mental health and working with individuals from diverse ethno cultural backgrounds is required.  
• Excellent organization, communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member in a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment.
• Successful completion of CPI or other form of Management of Aggressive.  Behaviour training is an asset.
• Demonstrated skills in providing education to health care teams and to students.
• Demonstrated ability to measure and evaluate practice change outcomes.  Supports research and innovation in practice.
• Ability to support and assist health care teams facing change and stress in environment.
• Demonstrates understanding of, compliance with, and commitment to, patient safety responsibilities and corresponding hospital plans, policies and procedures in order to ensure a safe environment for patients.
• Proven attendance record.  Ability to perform the essential duties of the job.
• Demonstrates behaviours consistent with Mackenzie Health’s Commitment to Caring.
• Models behaviour that is aligned with the values of Mackenzie Health – Excellence, Leadership and Empathy;
• Commitment to providing an exceptional experience for staff and clients within a challenging and exciting health care environment.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates are invited to forward their cover letter and resume by email to Please quote the competition number in the subject line of your email. No agencies please.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration for an interview will be contacted.

Mackenzie Health / 10 Trench St. Richmond Hill, On. L4C 4Z3 / Main Hospital Site: (905) 883-1212 / TTY Service: (905) 883-2123