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Social Worker, Emergency Mental Health & Addictions Service

Nova Scotia Health Authority

This is a Full-time position in Hamilton, ON posted July 7, 2021.

Click here to apply as an internal applicant.

Department/Program: Emergency MH and Addiction Service , Mental Health & Addictions Program Type of Employment: Temporary Hourly FT long-assignment (100% FTE) until x 1 position(s) Req ID: 108342 Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare , Healthcare Bargaining Unit Compensation: $ 34.9872
– $ 45.9942 /hour Posting Date: May 13, 2021 Closing Date: Open Until Filled Start Date: ASAP IWK Health is an internationally recognized and respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million women, children, youth and families across the Atlantic region.

The IWK is committed to a workplace where our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers reflect the patients, families and communities that we serve.

We seek and encourage applicants who reflect our broad diversity, and we are committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth.

Position Summary Reporting to the Manager of the Emergency Mental Health & Addictions Service (EMHAS), the Social Worker is responsible and accountable for conducting emergency mental health assessments including but not limited to assessment of mental status indicators, multiple risk factors, symptom history, and presenting problems.

This role requires independent skills at assessment and formulation of complex presenting problems and the ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team within the EMHAS as well as the IWK Emergency Department.

In addition to providing emergency mental health assessments the Social Worker provides crisis intervention and crisis stabilization.

The successful applicant will have sound knowledge of the DSM V classifications and pertinent mental health legislation.

The EMHAS social worker acts as an advocate for patients and assists patients and families by facilitating referrals for both internal/ external follow up services.

The successful applicant will be able to manage stressful situations effectively and have demonstrated flexibility/ability to work under pressure within a changing environment.

Hours of Work 7.5 hours, day and evening shifts.

Shifts are from 8:00am until 4:00pm and from 4:00pm until midnight.

– Friday, rotating a week of days and a week of evenings.

Qualifications Masters Degree in Social Work required.

Registered for registration with the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers (NSASW) required.

Minimum two (2) years post Master’s degree experience in Mental Health Crisis Work/Crisis stabilization/or comparable experience in mental health treatment required; preference for experience working with children, adolescents and their families.

Previous experience in a combination of the following considered an asset; child welfare; addictions.

Current NVCI Training required.

Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the DSM 5 diagnostic classification system.

Demonstrated organizational, time management and coordination skills.

Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple competing workload demands.

Excellent critical thinking, communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills required.

Ability to work collaboratively on an interdisciplinary mental health/health team providing emergency based care.

Demonstrated knowledge of child/youth development, cultural competence and a strong understanding of how the social determinants of health impact on mental/physical health.

Demonstrated ability to effectively consult and bridge care with other health, social service and community agencies.

Excellent problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.

Demonstrated awareness of IWK Health Centre and community resources.

Demonstrated knowledge in family care and trauma informed care required.

Demonstrated ability to manage stressful situation effectively.

Nonviolent crisis intervention certification preferred.

An understanding of the Choice and Partnership approach (CAPA) will be considered an asset.

Competency in other languages an asset; French preferred.

Thank you for your interest with the IWK Health.

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Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.