Social Worker - Adult Protection Lead

Vancouver Coastal Health - North Vancouver, BC (4 months ago)

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Job Description:
Job Title: Social Worker - Adult Protection Lead - Older Adult Mental Health
Work Site: Mental Health / Substance Use, North Shore Mental Health
Status: Regular Full Time
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $36.27 - $45.25 per hour
Hours: 0830-1630 Monday to Friday
Reference#: 114443-esa

Come work as a Social Worker focused in Older Adult Mental Health at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Social Worker to join its North Shore Mental Health team in North Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team! You will work as the Adult Protection/Abuse and Neglect Lead and will act as the clinical resource for the Adult Guardianship Act for Designated Responders and community networks on the North Shore. As the Designated Responder Coordinator, you will be responsible for investigating, coordinating response and consulting on adult and older adult Abuse and Neglect referrals and provide education.

As the Social Worker - Adult Protection Lead, you will:
Be the designated expert for regional Designated Responders (DRs) and Designated Responder Coordinators (DRCs). You will provide clinical support and guidance to ensure practice and organizational compliance with the statutory obligations and regulations of the Adult Guardianship Act (AGA).
Work as part of an interdisciplinary community team to coordinate and sustain the VCH-North Shore/Coastal’s response to suspected abuse, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults as articulated in the Adult Guardianship Act.
Lead a clinical and consultative response service by providing leadership and advice on adult protection cases, policy development, implementation and assessment of procedures; you will report to the Team Lead, North Shore Older Adult Mental Health Team, with a matrix clinical reporting relationship with the Director, ReAct Adult Protection Program.
Assume the investigator role for referrals that are not already connected to a clinician.
Act as the identified community contact for adult protection on the North Shore and be responsible for developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with key organizations such as North Shore Community Response Network, West Vancouver Police Department, RCMP, BCCEAS, BCPGT, Hollyburn Family Services, NS Crisis Services, and others.
Be responsible for mentorship, training, education and support for staff about all aspects of Adult Protection including instructing the ReAct Adult Protection Curriculum.

Education & Experience:
Masters Degree in Social Work.
Five (5) years recent related experience that includes three (3) years working as a Designated Responder and community clinical experience working with older adults that includes mental health and mental status assessment, counseling, family intervention.
Qualified Health Care Provider as required by the Adult Guardianship Act.
Completion of the Advanced ReAct Adult Protection Worker Curriculum (Modules 1-11).
Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW).
Valid BC Driver’s License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge & Abilities:
Advanced knowledge of the Adult Guardianship Act, the Mental Health Act, the Patients’ Property Act, Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act, Power of Attorney Act, Representation
Agreement Act and any other relevant statute that forms the complex matrix of adult protection laws in British Columbia.
Demonstrated experience implementing formal intervention procedures under the AGA such as Emergency Interventions, applying for court orders and developing and implementing Support and Assistance plans.
Advanced knowledge of the mandates and policies of other government ministries such as Community Living BC, Ministry of Justice, Public Guardian and Trustee,
Advanced knowledge of local community and VCH resources, programs, structures and eligibility criteria for vulnerable adults experiencing abuse, neglect and self-neglect.
Strong clinical Social Work expertise working with individuals, families and systems, including interviewing resistant suspected abusers, completing risk assessments for staff and clients, and intervening utilizing the principles of the AGA.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with community partners and individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of the OAMHT.
Knowledge and expertise in issues related to both Older Adult and Older Adult Mental Health population groups.
Demonstrated ability to teach utilizing adult learning principles.
Proven clinical assessment skills for determining competency as defined in the various legislative acts.
Ability to physically carry out the duties of the position.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.