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The Hospital for Sick Children

Social Worker

About Sick Kids

Dedicated exclusively to children and their families, The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) is one of the largest and most respected paediatric healthcare centres in the world. As innovators in child health, we lead and partner to improve the health of children through the integration of healthcare, leading-edge research and education.

Our reputation would not have been built – nor could it be maintained – without the skills, knowledge and experience of the extraordinary people who come to work here every day. SickKids is committed to ongoing learning and development, and features a caring and supportive work environment that combines exceptionally high standards of practice.

Position Description

The Hospital for Sick Children is a leading tertiary pediatric center providing medical and mental health care to the most complex children and youth and their families. A dynamic clinical, education and research environment, SickKids is committed to excellence in integrated inter-professional care. It is a center of excellence in the delivery of innovative health care to the paediatric population.

Reporting to the Senior Clinical Manager, Social Work, this position will provide social work services to both patients and families within the Complex Care and Paediatric Programs (inpatient and outpatient) at the Hospital for Sick Children. Through in-depth psychosocial assessments, the Social Worker identifies child and family strengths, problem-solving abilities, interactions, attitudes, feelings and cultural issues in relation to the baby’s/child’s illness as well as identify supports and resources available to the family.

Here’s What You’ll Get To Do:

  • Develop and implement a plan of intervention which addresses trauma, coping, adaptation, treatment adherence and quality of life. This is achieved through a variety of modalities including using a trauma informed lens, counseling, consultation, case management, crisis intervention, community outreach and advocacy
  • Support families in their adjustment to life changing acute and chronic illness
  • Provide bereavement counselling around end-of-life issues
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary health care team
  • Integrate research into practice
  • Provide education to other members of the team in terms of social work interventions that benefit patients and families
  • Provide adjustment counselling around issues of depression/anxiety
  • Support families through their baby’s/child’s admission to improve coping and adjustment
  • Support families coping with illness by assessing resource issues secure resources related to the social determinants of health
  • Work collaboratively with a dynamic team in a fast paced ever changing environment
  • Assume responsibility for all aspects of practice including issues of productivity and utilization

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  1. Master’s degree in Social Work, preferably with Paediatric hospital experience
  2. Registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  3. 3 years clinical experience of working with children and their families with complex medical needs
  4. Experience with child protection and/or trauma assessment and treatment
  5. Training and experience in delivering psychotherapy is an asset
  6. Well-developed family support skills
  7. Knowledge of the network of community services and resources
  8. Understanding and commitment to EDI informed practices
  9. Understanding of health care delivery systems and the practice of social work in a secondary setting
  10. Ability to collaborate effectively as a member of the inter-professional health care team and to take initiative and leadership when appropriate
  11. Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, time management skills and attention to detail
  12. Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  13. Demonstrated commitment to practice in a manner that is consistent with the philosophy of continuous quality improvement and evidence-based practice
  14. Proficiency in the use of electronic platforms such as Microsoft Office, hospital documentation systems and other relevant technology
  15. To accommodate the needs of patients and families, this job is primarily on-site.

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