Social Worker (BSW), Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

City New Westminster
Job ID 2022-21168
Health Science Professionals (Allied Health) - Social Work / Counselling / Education
Employment Type
Scheduled Start & Stop Times
0800-1600 ( Monday to Friday )
Days Off
Saturday, Statutory, Sunday
Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Salary at Time of Posting
$39.14 - $48.88 / hour

Salary range

The salary range for this position is CAD $39.14 - $48.88 / hour

Why Fraser Health?

We invite you to apply today and find out why more than 95% of new employees recommend Fraser Health to their friends as an exceptional place to work. A 2022 BC Top Employer, we value diversity in the work force and seek to maintain an environment of Respect, Caring & Trust.


If you are someone who is looking for a challenge that is equally as rewarding, then this might be the opportunity for you. We hire great people for excellent jobs and need your help to expand our ability to deliver prompt and professional services. We are currently looking for a Full Time Social Worker to join our Inpatient Psych Unit team at Royal Columbian Hospital located in New Westminster, B.C. This is a chance to make a difference every day in the world of health care as you to bring your excellent work ethic to the role.


Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services to over 1.9 million people in 20 diverse communities from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish and Nlaka’pamux Nations. Our team of 43,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving our patients, families and communities to deliver on our vision: Better health, best in health care. 


Effective October 26th 2021, all new hires to Fraser Health will need to have full COVID 19 vaccination (have received a full series of a World Health Organization “WHO” approved vaccine against infection by SARS-COV-2, or a combination of approved WHO vaccines).  Please note this applies to all postings, and individual medical exemptions must be approved by the Provincial Health Officer.


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Detailed Overview

Reporting to the Manager, Clinical Operations for day to day operations and the delivery of social work services and accountable to the Professional Practice Chief, Social Work for professional practice issues, provides psychosocial assessment and therapeutic clinical counseling services to clients (patients/families) in psychiatry by using a variety of modalities and in accordance with professional standards and clinical policies and practices. Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team in care planning, discharge planning, resource linkage and education from a Social Work perspective. Participates as a member of local committees and planning bodies as assigned.


  1. Conducts psychosocial assessments of clients through focused interviews, collection of relevant collateral information and interpretation of data within the context of the client system in accordance with professional standards and clinical policies and practices.

  2. Follows up and provides ongoing monitoring of psychosocial situations for clients and evaluates their response to interventions, revising the care plan as necessary.

  3. Accompanies and transports patients to pre-placement visits to residential facilities as required.

  4. Maintains client records by documenting client assessments, preparing progress notes, and writing reports in accordance with established professional/organizational standards, policies and procedures.

  5. Provides supportive counseling services to clients, by methods such as identifying areas of client/system strengths and challenges, and offering interventions which promote improved psychosocial/emotional wellbeing. Provides a plan of care which includes the goals of treatment, and makes any necessary referrals for further intervention.

  6. As a member of an integrated, interdisciplinary team, takes a key role in planning for care during the hospital stay, and community treatment pans after discharge by methods such as interviewing the patient and/or family to assess and determine care plan and type of service required and articulating analysis and decision to members of the interdisciplinary team.

  7. Acts as a liaison between psychiatric unit and community agencies including Mental Health, Ministry of Employment & Income Assistance, Home Health Care, Ministry of Children & Family Development, Corrections or other community services.

  8. Acts as a resource for clients and their families by providing information regarding access to community resources, facilitating referrals where appropriate, and facilitating the development of community resources by identifying services needed to support the health of families.

  9. Educates and provides consultation to clients and healthcare professionals on issues related to Social Work practice in the psychiatric setting, including such areas as: high risk factors, adaptation to illness and disability, post trauma and stress management, bereavement, chemical dependency, community support services and relevant legislation.

  10. Promotes ongoing quality improvement by participating on local committees and planning bodies, engaging in program/practice evaluation, identifying opportunities for improved effectiveness and engaging in ongoing professional development.

  11. Identifies and engages with eligible clients utilizing a variety of social work high risk screening and case-finding techniques.

  12. Documents clinical interventions and participates in outcome assessments and workload measurement activities. 

  13. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

Bachelor''s Degree of Social Work from an accredited school of Social Work. One (1) year's recent, related experience. Current full registration with the BC College of Social Workers. 

Valid BC Driver's license and access to personal vehicle for business related purposes.

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct social and psychosocial assessments.

  • Familiarity with DSM V criteria.

  • Knowledge of counseling skills, including brief solution focused therapy (individual/group); crisis intervention, motivational techniques, conflict resolution and resource counseling.

  • Knowledge of legislation applicable to social work in psychiatry and ability to apply the principles within the following Acts: Mental Health Act, Health Care Consent and Care Facility Admissions Act, Patients Property Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Adult Guardianship Act, Child Family and Community Service Act.

  • Ability to provide leadership to the interdisciplinary team in care planning in complex client situations.

  • Ability to work effectively with others including working effectively within a multicultural environment.

  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team, and understanding the scope of practice of other health care disciplines.

  • Ability to make effective referrals, reflecting in-depth knowledge of community resources and strong collaborative skills in working with other community agencies.

  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload in a complex environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, families, other members of the health care team and community agencies.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively deal with conflict.

  • Ability to facilitate group meetings, processes and decision making.

  • Ability to operate related equipment.

  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


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