Registered Social Worker (RSW)– Senior Support Services
City : Hamilton, ON
Category : FT - Full Time,Assisted Living/Personal Support Services
Industry : Social Assistance
Employer : Good Shepherd
Who We Are
The work of Good Shepherd is based on a fundamental belief in providing hope and restoring dignity to the most vulnerable members of our community. Our services include emergency food transitional housing and education for homeless and street-involved youth; hospice palliative care; community mental health programs; and supportive housing programs. We are committed to integrating Harm Reduction practices into our programs and to prioritizing the rights, dignity, and choices of those who use substances. By integrating a Harm Reduction framework at Good Shepherd, we can decrease barriers to service and better support some of our community's most marginalized members.
This opportunity is with our Good Shepherd - Senior Support Services
How You Will Make an Impact
The RSW will support a health equity approach to client care for older adults (55yrs+) living in community settings. The RSW will work with eligible clients with various social, emotional, mental health issues that effect their participation in daily activities of living (ADL's) and reaching their goals. This includes supporting clients in issues related to caregiver burden, navigating social and health services, getting connected to eligible benefits and providing brief counselling interventions
You have a strong work ethic in leadership, role modeling behaviors aligned with the mission and values of Good Shepherd, and promoting effective communication among staff and service users. The role involves informing and supporting staff and volunteers on mental health issues, identifying trends and needs in social supports and mental health, and providing training.
The position entails comprehensive client interaction, including reviewing background information, conducting interviews, preparing intake reports, assessing clients' strengths and needs, and determining eligibility for social benefits.
You will assist clients in developing action plans and navigating community resources, including legal, medical, and financial assistance. Implementing life skills workshops, conducting behavioral management programs, and providing crisis intervention are also integral parts of the job.
You will facilitate therapeutic interventions, maintain contact with other social service agencies, participate in team meetings, and consult with treating physicians of clients. Additional responsibilities include advocating for clients, assessing and monitoring mental health issues, and collaborating with community agencies. Participation in case conferences and supporting student placements in relevant post-secondary programs are also required.
What You'll Bring to Our Team
- Post secondary degree in Social Work or related degree.
- Current registration in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers, Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), required
- 2+ years experience in a Social Work role, including, counselling and service system navigation for adults. Experience with clients receiving home care services or hospital discharge planning, an asset
- Experience previously working in community setting, an asset. Valid driver's license and access to a vehicle, required
- Training or certification in CBT, DBT, ACT, motivational interviewing an asset
- Possess a thorough knowledge of issues that affect older adults (including chronic illnesses, caregiver stress/burnout, abuse, homelessness, poverty, dementia, mental illness, and substance use)
- Excellent social work assessment, counseling and case management skills, acquired through undergraduate and post graduate education and experience in mental health interventions in a community setting.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and facilitate groups to teach emotional and behavioural management skills, and conduct evaluation
- Ability to cope well in emotionally sensitive situations and ability to react calmly and effectively and to personally be able to deal with the stress involved with working with marginalized persons, and the stress and stain present with the limited resources available in community settings.
- Have knowledge of, and be sensitive to religious, ethnic and cultural diversity.
- Excellent organizational skills which enable you to successfully meet the demands of clients in an ever-changing environment
- Strong leadership skills, including demonstrated ability to collaborate and problem solve collectively to best serve clients.
- Communication in French language or another second language, an asset
What We Offer
- Be a part of a caring TEAM THAT SUPPORTS OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
- Support for continuing EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- Staff recognition programs along with access to self-care supports and EMPLOYEE /
- FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)
- POSITIVE and ENCOURAGING atmosphere
- Make a difference and provide HOPE
Good Shepherd, a ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, is an equal opportunity employer operating within an anti-racist and anti-oppression framework. We strive to establish workplaces that reflect and are enhanced by the rich diversity of the community we serve.
Good Shepherd welcomes and encourages applications from all people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you need accommodations, please contact Human Resources at 905-528-5877.
Good Shepherd has a mandatory verification of COVID-19 vaccination policy. More information on the full policy requirements and accommodation allowances will be provided to those selected for an interview.