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Career Opportunity

Posting Number: 357-17
Date of Posting: 2017-12-07
Closing Date: 2017-12-13
Allied Health Professionals

Registered Social Service Worker

Full-Time, Temporary (Approx. 12 months)
Owen Sound

Reporting to the Manager, Outpatient Mental Health Services, the Social Service Worker provides a range of outpatient mental health services to clients who have serious mental illness. The incumbent works as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to provide treatment, rehabilitative and support services to clients primarily located in the Owen Sound area. The incumbent is required to travel within the catchment area (Grey and Bruce Counties) to deliver mental health services in the client’s home community.

Qualifications / Skills / Abilities:


  • Current registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

  • Minimum two years’ experience as a Social Service Worker within a multi-disciplinary team serving individuals with serious mental illness

  • Knowledge of and experienced in providing group based psychosocial rehabilitation.

  • Knowledge of mental health reform, values and principles of recovery, Mental Health Act, PHIPPA, Health Care Consent Act and Public Hospitals Act

  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues faced by individuals in acute mental health distress and severe mental illness

  • Knowledge of community services and mental health treatment/support programs

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and competence in the application of treatment modalities to support individuals with serious mental illness

  • Demonstrated Psycho/Social and mental status assessment skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of DSM-5

  • Demonstrated knowledge of psychiatric medication, side effects and coping strategies

  • Able to effectively communicate with clients, family members, members of the Mental Health team and other stakeholders

  • Possession of a valid Ontario Class “G” Driver’s License and personal vehicle

  • Excellent organizational skills and scheduling abilities

  • Able to coordinate multiple departmental interests to provide quality client care

  • Able to problem-solve and make effective decisions under high stress and potentially violent emergency situations

  • Willingness to learn and integrate new concepts into practice

  • Availability to work all shifts, including weekends, and ability for multi-site coverage when required

  • Recent satisfactory performance and attendance records

  • Knowledge of and adherence to GBHS ‘CARE’ Behaviours (Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, Excellence)

  • Advocates and supports a culture of patient safety and demonstrates an understanding of how the department service and assigned responsibilities contribute to overall patient safety at GBHS through patient safety knowledge, skills and attitudes


  • Experience in Crisis Intervention/emergency psychiatry and working with community agencies

  • Familiarity with principles and practices of intensive case management and psycho-social rehab

  • CPR and CPI certifications

To be considered for this position, please submit a resume to the address or fax number below or complete the On-line Application form. Applications must be received in Human Resources no later than 4 p.m. on the closing date. Grey Bruce Health Services is an equal opportunity employer.

You can submit your resume to one of the following:

Phone: 519-376-2121 extension 2014
Fax: 519-372-3949
Mail: Attn: Human Resources Department
PO Box 1800
1800 8th Street East
Owen Sound, ON N4K 6M9


Contact HR

Mailing address: 1800 8th Street East Owen Sound, ON N4K 6M9

(519) 376-2121

(519) 372-3949


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