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The Royal

The Royal is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care and academic health science centres. Our mandate is simple: to get more people living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment resistant mental illness.

Position:  Social Worker II (Integrated Forensics Program)

Region:  Ottawa


Job Number: ROM18-231E

As a member of the Integrated Forensic Program, you will use best practices to provide person centred Social Work services to clients and their families. This includes assessment, therapeutic intervention and discharge planning; in collaboration with the clinical team, client, and families.


  • Provide individual, family and group therapy following best practice standards, consistent with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
  • Engage client, family and caregivers in the clinical interventions and risk reduction strategies with the interdisciplinary team.
  • Advocate on behalf of clients, families and caregivers for appropriate services and resources.
  • Complete risk assessment and crisis intervention plans.
  • Collaborate, consult and liaise with team members and community resources.
  • Provide timely and comprehensive written assessments, treatment and discharge reports.
  • Conduct “Approved Person Assessments” according to Ontario Review Board and Hospital standards.
  • Conduct “Approved Accommodation Assessments” according to the Ontario Review Board and Hospital standards.
  • Ensure Ontario Review Board disposition conditions are adhered through clinical supervision and assistance.
  • Meet with clients as directed by Ontario Review Board and clinical team.
  • Provide evidence to the Ontario Review Board as requested or directed at NCR patient annual hearings.
  • Liaise with the Ottawa Police Services.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the theories and practices of a professional social worker.
  • Keep current of hospital policies and procedures and applicable legislation.
  • Flexibility in work schedule; day and evening hours as required.
  • Work in a manner that is in compliance with staff and patient/client safety practices, policies and procedures of the Royal.
  • Ensure a work environment that is conducive to the Royal’s Respectful Workplace policy.
  • Maintain workload measurement and data collection as required (i.e. RAI).
  • Participate in the teaching, education and supervision of Social Work students.
  • Attend Social Work meetings and participate in discipline specific committees
  • Attend Social Work peer consultation groups, and participate in peer consultation processes
  • Keep up to date regarding professional standards by reviewing current literature, attending education events, networking with colleagues, etc.
  • Provide educational presentations to community groups.
  • Complete and maintain all requirements for registration with OCSWSSW

Position Requirements
  • Master’s degree in Social Work.
  • Minimum 2 years within the last 5 years of clinical Social Work, experience in Forensic Psychiatry is preferred.
  • Member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Worker
  • Demonstrated ability to work with an interdisciplinary team.
  • Person centered approach.
  • Understanding of anger disorders and group skills.
  • Knowledge of applicable legislated acts (e.g. MHA, PHIPA, The Health Care Consent Act).
  • Ability to manage and determine priorities with a diverse case load.
  • Strong advocacy skills.
  • Ability to work in an automated work environment.
  • Proven presentation, training, and group facilitation skills is an asset.
  • Experience in providing services and reports in forensic/court related matters is preferred.
  • Experience in providing evidence to courts or related proceedings is preferred.
  • Understanding and knowledge of legislation related to mentally disordered offenders, i.e. Criminal Code of Canada (Mental Disorder Provisions), Provincial Mental Health Act.
  • Advanced crisis intervention skills based on application of formal risk and clinical assessment.
  • Knowledge and experience in Illness Management and Recovery Model is preferred.
  • Conflict resolution knowledge related to addressing behaviour issues with forensic clients within the scope of social work practice.
  • Understanding of the treatment and management of clients with a concurrent disorder (major mental illness and substance abuse).
  • Valid driver’s licence and access to reliable vehicle is preferred.
  • English level A- is mandatory in oral comprehension, expression, reading, and writing. Bilingual (French/English) is considered an asset.

Salary:  $37.45 to $47.71 / hour

Terms of Employment:  Temporary Full-Time,Days until December 1,2019

Deadline for Application:  Wednesday, May 23, 2018

How to Apply:  

All applicants must provide a recent resume that clearly indicate that they meet the required qualifications.

Please apply Online. The position will remain open until filled.

The Royal sincerely thanks all applicants for their interest in a career with us; however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

All new hires will be required to obtain a Criminal Records Check as a pre-condition of employment.

Location:  Ottawa

Profession Type:  Social Services (Social Workers, Counsellors)

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