Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Global: Social Work for 2016 in the UK: Service user led and relation-focused approach

Social work in 2016 must be service user led

A service user led and relation-focused approach is essential if we are to work effectively with people and families to make the most of their emotional and practical assets as well as accessing the care and support they need. Moving from a deficit to asset/strengths based approach sounds straightforward but a significant culture change is needed. But if we are we to support people in making the changes needed to deliver better and safer outcomes it is imperative that we make this move. 2016 will be a year of seeking and – I hope – delivering even more effective outcomes.

Cooperation, participation and inclusion have long been social work’s unique markers, as we strive to fully involve service users, family members and carers in the pursuit of better lives. The manner and end result of our practice is what matters most, yet often we focus too much on structure, procedure, strategy and planning. We forget these things are all aiming at good practice – not substitutes for it.

And good practice in 2016 should see a sharper focus on assessment and accreditation for post-qualification specialisms in social work, initially in child and family statutory work and with continuing support for the assessed and supported year in employment arrangements for all social workers. This is about promoting trust, confidence and resilience in social work. My wish is that more progress is made this year on improving the public perception of social work and the value of work done by the wider social care sector.

It remains essential for social work to lead on protecting human rights wherever they are threatened, applying holistic, person-centred approaches promoting independence, balanced carefully with protection and care. The ongoing requirement for approved status for social workers undertaking best interest assessor roles under the Mental Capacity Act and approved mental health professional roles under the Mental Health Act enshrines the value we can add and provides career milestones for social workers in adult services. My wish is that we can build on this and develop stronger recognition for advanced practice in these and other areas.

The challenges facing social care given the difficult spending review settlement mean social workers must be even more resourceful and imaginative as they work to identify best options for, and with, people. They must speak up and speak loudly to challenge care decisions and be part of the solution. Hopefully, this will be demonstrated in a proposed pilot scheme with named social workers able to challenge and advise clinical teams considering care and support options, including admitting individuals to assessment and treatment units.

This a golden opportunity to demonstrate the real value social workers bring in working alongside people, particularly those with learning disabilities, to ensure their voices are heard and their human rights respected.
It comes back to empathy. It is the keystone of a social worker’s skill and the basis for building relationships with people who use care services. Not only that, it establishes and sustains positive professional support networks with colleagues across the health and social care sector.

I believe social workers can step up and demonstrate their confidence and leadership to move away from traditional models in favour of personal choice, social inclusion and citizenship. Health has much to learn from social care’s progress in working with service users and carers. Personalisation and outcome-focused approaches are in the ascendant, but there is still more to do to get them right.

My wish is that the NHS can take a much broader view and embrace the value social care can bring to table. It can often feel like the NHS pays lip service to social care and fails to recognise its vital role in truly integrated approaches to responding to people’s health and wellbeing, especially in mental health, primary care and end of life care. With that of course is the wish that social care can be supported at the level required and that we value social care workers delivering day-to-day support.

Have a happy, hopeful new year!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Professional development: Trauma, Self-injury, Anxiety - Vancouver and Victoria

Trauma – Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post Traumatic Stress
Vancouver: March 7-8, 2016 (early rate expires February 15)
Victoria: March 8-9, 2016 (early rate expires February 16)
Early Rate $375; Regular Rate $420

This workshop provides a framework which describes different stages in resolving the impact of trauma, and includes key principles and strategies for working with individuals.

Anxiety – Practical Intervention Strategies
Victoria: March 7, 2016 (early rate expires February 15)
Vancouver: March 9, 2016 (early rate expires February 17)
Early Rate $198; Regular Rate $220

This workshop provides practical strategies which can be applied across the lifespan and address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social aspects of anxiety.

Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth – Issues & Strategies

Vancouver: February 11-12, 2016 (early rate expires January 21)
Victoria: February 15-16, 2016 (early rate expires January 25)
Early Rate $375; Regular Rate $420

This workshop will help participants understand the experience and motivations of adolescents who intentionally injure themselves, and provide practical strategies for working with youth.

Violence Threat Assessment – Planning and Response
Vancouver: March 30, 2016 (TBC)

For a complete list of upcoming workshops, go to www.ctrinstitute.com

Professional Development: UBC Continuing Studies - Online & Vancouver

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC
  • Discover how to balance caring for yourself and caring for others in order to stay healthy while still making a difference in your work.

Feb 15-Mar 13, 100% Online, $330

Marilee Sigal, PsyD, RCC

Identify the various stages that couples go through when navigating infidelity; explore your own values; and come away with concrete strategies and interventions that you can immediately put to work.

Mar 4, UBC Point Grey, $245

Cristine Urquhart, MSW, RSW
Gain familiarity with an MI-style of communication, shown to increase engagement, reduce discord and guide conversations to support health and related change.
Mar 11-12, UBC Point Grey, $375

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Find out more and register or call 604.827.4234

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Employment - Team Leader Child and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) Team - Kamloops

Ministry of Children and Family Development
Team Leader, CYSN
Kamloops BC

Under the direction of the Community Services Manager, the Child and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) Team Leader administers child and youth with special needs services and provides direction, leadership and supervision to professional staff within CYSN services. The Team Leader has the authority, accountability and responsibility to plan, develop, manage, coordinate and evaluate the delivery of CYSN services for children, youth and families in the local community.

  • BSW or BA Child and Youth Care; or M.Ed. Counselling/M.A. Clinical Psychology having completed a practicum in child and family welfare, plus 4 years experience; OR MSW plus 3 years experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Experience in a supervisory or management role, managing personnel and work performance.
  • Experience implementing specialized Child and Youth with Special Needs programs.
  • Experience leading the implementation of new policies and procedures.
  • Preference may be given to applicants who have recent (within the last 3 years) Acting Team Leader experience of 6 months or more.
  • Preference may be given to those with additional experience in the provision of supervision, coordination or management of a MCFD’s Child and Youth with Special Needs or directly related program.
  • Preference may be given to applicants who are eligible for delegation under Section 4 of the Child Family Community Services Act.

For more information and to apply online by February 15th 2016, see:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Professional Development: Dalhousie University School of Social Work

Winter 2016 Courses
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Early Discount Deadline: February 8, 2016

Up and Down the Worry Hill

User-Friendly Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety in Youngsters with Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD

This online workshop for clinicians and school professionals will provide evidence-based, child-friendly, feasible and practical CBT approaches for children and adolescents with worry, perfectionism, school refusal, separation, social and performance/test anxiety, panic, obsessions and compulsions. Strategies for building treatment-readiness to optimize motivation and compliance, empowering children to take risks, and build self-reliance will be presented.

If you're interested in registering for this course, please call Karla at 902.494.6899, email your completed registration form to coned@dal.ca, or fax to 902.494.6709.
March 14 - April 10, 2016 | Online
Regular registration deadline: February 22, 2016
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Counselling Skills Level 2: Beyond the Basics

Online Certificate Program with Jill Ceccolini and Debbie van Horne

Counselling Skills Level 2 is designed to build on the skills obtained in the Counselling Skills Level 1 Certificate Program. Mini lectures, discussions, reflective exercises, skill building activities, role play, and case studies will be used to guide participants in their learning throughout this 6-week online program.

If you're interested in registering for this course, please call Karla at 902.494.6899, email your completed registration form to coned@dal.ca, or fax to 902.494.6709.
March 7 - April 17, 2016 | Online
Registration deadline: February 25, 2016
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Payment in full is required to guarantee your space in CE workshops and certificate programs. Please note course registration deadlines. Payment must be received (or postmarked) by the early registration deadline to qualify for the early registration rate. Continuing Education Policies

Continuing Education Program, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University
coned@dal.ca www.dal.ca/socialwork 902.494.6899

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Employment: Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician - Duncan

Ministry of Children and Family Development

Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician (2 positions)

You will provide direct clinical services such as intake, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and crisis intervention for children and youth. Consulting with community agencies, schools, hospitals, and other ministry programs, you understand the importance of being involved in community education, development, coordination and prevention/early intervention programs, stakeholder-relations and conflict resolution.

Qualifications for this role include: Masters in Social Work and experience working in child and youth mental health services, with responsibility for providing wide range of community based mental health services (practicum experience is acceptable).
For further information and to apply by February 1, 2016 go to https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=30890

Employment: HIV/Aids Community Case Manager - Vancouver

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is seeking a
Temporary Full-Time HIV/Aids Community Case Manager

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is a Drop-in Centre and Emergency Night Shelter offering a wide variety of services to a diverse community of women and children living in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Reporting directly to the Associate Director, the Community Case Manager is responsible to provide case management services within the integrated HIV system of care for women from the dtes who are living with HIV. She will promote and maintain connection with women to positively enhance their overall wellbeing and physical health. She will work from a feminist perspective and within an anti-oppression framework.

Primary Responsibilities:

Case Management: Ensuring low barrier access, the Community Case Manger will engage with women as needs or issues arise that require care coordination or advocacy, providing case management services within an integrated HIV system of care. She will assess women’s needs to address health status, financial issues, legal issues, housing status, transportation, social supports, nutritional health and/or mental health/addictions

Her responsibilities include supporting women through a referral process to internal and external services such as food security, income assistance, transportation, or immigration ensuring a successful transfer of service. She will refer women who have significant barriers in engaging or adhering to their care plan to the Clinical Case Management Team (STOP Team).

Education and Programming: The Community Case Manager will maintain a knowledge of eligibility criteria, application processes and appeal procedures for government and community programs/services; she must possess current knowledge of resources and services including access criteria; submitting articles and information to DEWC newsletter regarding the HIV/Aids Community Case Management program and relevant HIV/Aids issues including harm reduction

Administration: Undertakes necessary documentation for women’s files as well as ensures reports accurately reflect contract requirement using documentation tools provided.

Required Qualifications:

· Minimum 5 years related experience working with low-income women, at least 2 years in a women serving or inner city drop-in environment
· Must have a strong working knowledge and analysis of the issues impacting women in the dtes, including violence against women, HIV/Aids, mental health, homelessness, and addictions
· Candidate must work from strong feminist analysis and within an anti-oppression framework
· Knowledge of HIV/Aids, STIs including the related social, political and care issues and the impact on the community
· Direct experience and knowledge of harm reduction
· Understanding of and practices a trauma informed care response when working with women
· Efficient organizational skills including record keeping, scheduling, and problem-solving abilities
· Demonstrated administrative skills, including report writing
· Demonstrated computer and IT aptitude
· Experience providing outreach, accompaniment and advocacy
· Skilled in program facilitation and development as well as working in partnerships with allied service providers
· Strong conflict resolution skills and practice
· Demonstrated crises intervention training and experience
· Experience providing assisted referral as well as familiarity with support services, agencies and community resources in the Downtown Eastside
· Excellent communication skills required, including the ability to work in a respectful and cooperative manner with co-workers, and centre members
· Ability to work within a chaotic environment and with a diverse community of women
· A First Aid certificate is required
· Candidate must undergo a criminal record check
· Women with addiction issues need to be at least 2 years clean and sober

Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour are Strongly Encouraged to Apply

Position Details: Temporary Full time Union (BCGEU) position at 35 hrs a week

Submit resume & cover letter via mail, fax or email to

Quote: HIV/Aids Community Case Manager Hiring Committee

302 Columbia Street, Vancouver BC, V6A 4J1
Fax: 604-681-8470 hr@dewc.ca
Closing: February 5th, 2016
We thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted