Social Worker, Mental Health Liaison (evenings/nights/weekends)

City Delta
Job ID 2023-41666
Health Science Professionals (Allied Health) - Social Work / Counselling / Education
Posting Date
3 months ago(3/6/2023 12:46 PM)
Employment Type
Part Time
Scheduled Start & Stop Times
1500–2300 Friday; 1200–2000 Saturday & Sunday
Days Off
Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Salary at Time of Posting
$41.04 - $51.27 / hour

Why Fraser Health?

Fraser Health continues to be recognized as one of BC's Top Employers, are you someone who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others?


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

The Social Worker, Mental Health Liaison provides clinical and consultative social work services to clients and families within Delta Hospital and serves as a liaison to Mental Health and Substance Use Services. Conducts assessments, and counsels and plans for patient discharge by exploring and determining required community resources. Works and teams with Delta Police by accompanying police on mental health related calls and developing related care plans.


  1. Provides comprehensive clinical social work services to clients and families within DH in the specialty area, by methods such as exploring the emotional response to identify problems, personal concerns and treatment objectives and facilitating change in coping style, behaviour, attitude and feelings. Participates with patient, families, community supports and interdisciplinary treatment teams to provide clinical advice, coordinate services, manage cases and facilitate meetings.

  2. Provides assessment, short term treatment, and crisis intervention for adults with mental health issues, including adults treated in Emergency, the inpatient unit, and the community, for acute mental illness, such as psychosis, suicide threats/attempts, and substance abuse. Uses a variety of interviewing, counselling, and assessment methods, in accordance with professional standards and clinical policies and practices.

  3. Provides referrals, in accordance with established protocols, for mental health clients not requiring hospitalization, to appropriate community treatment alternatives and services, including residential programs (respite, emergency shelters), family therapy, marital and separation counselling, alcohol and drug treatment, victim assistance, employee assistance programs, and private therapy.

  4. Assists and facilitates with of acute client transfers from Emergency to designated facilities by performing duties such as completing assessments, and coordinating admissions by ensuring completion of required forms and procedures.

  5. Accompanies local police on mental health related distress calls and provides assessments using a variety of interviewing, counselling, and assessment methods, in accordance with professional standards and clinical policies and practices.

  6. Follows up on mental health related calls made to police by developing care plans for people with mental health concerns in conjunction with police mental health staff; plans for their connection with community services including those that provide appropriate counselling and medication management.

  7. Facilitates groups in coordination with mental health centre staff as needed.

  8. Liaises with hospital and ER staff and the Manager on administrative issues such as hospital policy and procedural changes within the Program and the progress/status of the Service including statistics within the hospital.

  9. Compiles Program statistics and maintains the data base, monitors indicators and provides statistical outcome analysis and recommendations for program improvements.  Prepares Annual Report by tabulating data in consultation and collaboration with Team that includes information such as activity summary, annual statistics and future program plan.

  10. Provides consultative and direct services to patients, families and staff regarding community resources and access to these resources in order to facilitate optimal discharge planning.

  11. Maintains patient records by methods such as documenting patient assessments, charting patient information, preparing progress notes and reports in accordance with established standards, policies and procedures to meet regulatory requirements and documenting for future reference.

  12. Performs other related duties as required.


Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree of Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work plus one year's recent related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Current full registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated competency in clinical practice, research and education.

  • Demonstrated ability in individual, family, and group counseling.

  • Ability to complete client mental health assessments.

  • Knowledge of community resources and methods of accessing them.

  • Knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of emergency triage procedures, mental health status assessment and counseling principles and interview techniques.

  • Working knowledge of psychopharmacology, crisis theory, and de-escalation techniques.

  • Working knowledge of DSM IV.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, including the ability to collaborate within a team environment and resolve conflict.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, manage, implement, organize and problem solve.

  • Demonstrated ability to function effectively in a high dynamic environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to be effective in an environment subject to continuous change.

  • Proficiency in the use of personal computers.

  • Physical ability to perform duties of the position.


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