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Inpatient Social Worker

Hamilton Health Sciences

This is a Contract position in Hamilton, ON posted September 20, 2022.

Inpatient Social Worker
Job Number: 100076
Job: Health Professional/Assistant
Primary Location: Ontario-Hamilton
This position will be located at: McMaster Family Practice
Organization: LHIN-Eating Disorders
Status: Temporary Full-time
Hours per week: 22.5
Number of Openings: 1
Union Code: CUPE 7800
Minimum Salary: 37.7153 Hourly
Maximum Salary: 50.6625
Post Date: Sep 21, 2022, 4:00:00 AM

Close Date (Period for Applying) – External

: Sep 28, 2022, 3:59:00 AM

Unit Summary

The Eating Disorders Service within the McMaster Children’s hospital provides a comprehensive range of services for children, adolescents and their families through the delivery of Inpatient, Day Treatment and Outpatient Services. The focus of this service is on children and adolescents with a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and other related eating disorders.

Position Summary

The Inpatient Social Worker will be responsible to provide in-depth psychosocial assessments, to include the identification of child, adolescent and family strengths, and assess dynamics, interactions, attitudes, feelings and cultural issues in relation to the child and adolescent with an eating disorder. The Social Worker may work collaboratively with the team in the initial multidisciplinary assessment to develop and implement a plan of intervention, which incorporates a range of facets including providing education, helping the child and family develop coping strategies and providing comprehensive discharge planning. This will be achieved through a variety of modalities including individual therapy, family therapy, group work, consultation, case management, community outreach and advocacy. The Social Worker will identify and make referrals to appropriate supports and resources as required. The Social Worker delivers care utilizing Family Based Therapy, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy frameworks.

Schedule Work Hours

Monday to Friday; days (may require some evening work)

This position is temporary until 2023-10-01


1. Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work
2. Registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
3. Minimum of 3 years clinical experience providing individual, family and group therapy to children and teens with eating disorders, within a family context
4. Minimum of 3 years clinical experience in an inpatient, outpatient and day treatment pediatric eating disorder setting
5. Minimum of 5 years recent and relevant experience in a pediatric mental health setting with expertise in providing individual, group and family therapy for children, adolescents and families
6. Excellent knowledge and demonstrated use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Family Based Therapy (FBT) and Dialectical Based Therapy, EFFT, with an eating disorder population
7. Excellent knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Consent to Treatment Act, and the Child and Family Services Act
8. Demonstrated expertise in assessment, psychoeducation, crisis intervention and advocacy skills in working with children, teens and their families experiencing eating disorders
9. Excellent communication and teamwork skills
10. Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment
11. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning and the ability to teach
12. Proven ability to organize, prioritize and problem-solve effectively
13. Willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings

As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to Employee Health Services.

Hamilton Health Sciences fosters a culture of patient and staff safety, whereby all employees are guided by our Mission, Vision, Values, and Values Based Code of Conduct. Hamilton Health Sciences is a teaching hospital and all staff and physicians are expected to support students and other learners.

To be considered for this opportunity applicants must apply during the posting period. All internal and external applicants may ONLY apply via the Careers website.

Hamilton Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate any needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, if requested. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application processes, please contact HR Operations at 905-521-2100, Ext. 46947 for assistance. If the applicant requires a specific accommodation because of a disability during an interview, the applicant will need to advise the hiring manager when scheduling the interview and the appropriate accommodations can be made.

This competition is open to all qualified applicants, however, qualified internal applicants will be considered first. Past performance will be considered as part of the selection process. If you are a previous employee of Hamilton Health Sciences, please note: the circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment

Proficiency in both Official Languages, French and English, is considered an asset

If this position is temporary, selection for this position will be as per the outlined Collective Agreements:

Article 30 (k), CUPE Collective Agreement

Article 10.7 (d), ONA Collective Agreement

Article 13.01 (b) (ii), OPSEU 273 Collective Agreement

Article 14.04, OPSEU 209 Collective Agreement

Article 2.07 and Article 13, PIPSC RT Collective Agreement