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Social Worker 2 (New Acute Care Unit)

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and a world leading research centre in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. CAMH was recently awarded a Gold Level Quality Healthcare Workplace Award and recognized as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures. In 2016, CAMH was named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers. In 2017, CAMH was considered one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for the seventh year in a row.

Our supportive learning environment offers on-site training, workshops and professional development courses. Located in downtown Toronto, we are easily accessible by transit. We offer a balance of work and lifestyle including onsite day care facility, discounts on membership at the University of Toronto Athletic Centre, on-site pool (at the Queen Street location) and gymnasiums.

Opportunities are available for most health care professionals.

Social Worker 2 (New Acute Care Unit)

Job Number: 815701

Category: Allied Health Professionals

Positions Available: 1

Years Experience Required: 5

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Posted Date: Dec 6, 2017



Social Worker 2

Acute Care Program



The Acute Care Program is currently seeking a full-time permanent Social Worker to provide group treatment and programming for inpatients on a new General Psychiatry and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (GPU2-PICU) scheduled to open in March 2018. This is an exciting and unique professional opportunity! You will help contribute to development of new programming and clinical processes as well as help to shape the team values and charter.

Position Description:


Reporting to the Manager of the General Psychiatry and Psychiatric Intensive Care (PICU) Units, the successful candidate will be a social worker with sound knowledge of emergency psychiatry, concurrent disorders, crisis intervention, and substance use concerns. Experience in identifying and addressing psychosocial issues in both individual and group sessions is required.  You will act as a resource to inpatient units in the Acute Care Program and will collaborate with members of the interprofessioanl teams, including Registered Nurses, Recreation Therapists, Psychiatrists and other Social Workers to deliver group treatment and programming.  Your work will contribute to professional capacity building of interprofessional colleagues new to delivery of group treatment. Your skills include the ability to make behavioural observations, mental status exam assessments, monitoring of clients’ responses to care interventions and documentation and ongoing communication with other team members. You will liaise with community health care providers, both within and outside CAMH. You must be capable of providing supervision to social work students and contributing to the development of best practices unique to mental health and concurrent disorder treatment. You will be expected to contribute to program development, research and educational activities of the service. You will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all the applicable regulatory and legislative requirements.


The successful candidate will possess a Master of Social Work and be registered in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, combined with a minimum of 5 years of post-graduate work experience in a health care facility.  The candidate must have direct clinical experience in a mental health or addiction treatment setting. Experience in an inpatient setting is an asset. The candidate will have demonstrated expertise in delivery of  cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behaviour therapy approaches; preference will be given to those who have certificates in these modalities. You will have demonstrated experience in facilitating groups. You must be eligible for an adjunct faculty appointment with the faculties of social work that has affiliation agreements with CAMH. Knowledge of concurrent disorders, emergency psychiatry, and crisis intervention principles and theory are required. Knowledge of CAMH and community services and experience with formulation and coordination of complex cases is essential. The model of care on the new unit will emphasize treatment of concurrent disorders and you will have opportunities for capacity building and skill development. You possess fundamental knowledge and application of the recovery-oriented approach to care. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written communication skills, computer skills, including word processing, electronic communication, and workload measures are essential. The ability to provide culturally competent service to clients of diverse ethno racial and cultural backgrounds is essential. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be an asset.


This position is currently located at 250 College Street.


Please note: This full-time, permanent position is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit.


Salary range: $33.74 - $45.46   


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CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute.  As a CAMH employee you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.


As an employment equity employer CAMH actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, (including people with who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.



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