Social Worker – Coordinator Clinical Services (CCS)
There is an over-representation of Innu children in the care of the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development (CSSD). A significant number of Innu children are placed outside the community and many ultimately lose connection with family, culture, language and heritage. Success in changing the tragic outcomes for many Innu youth depends, in large part, on creating more Innu run community-based options so Innu children and youth remain in their communities grounded in Innu language, culture, traditions and family. Level 4 homes are community placement options for children in care as outlined by the NL Provincial continuum of care strategy.
Both communities of Sheshatshiu and Natuashish have established independent Boards to oversee and operate a series of Level 4 community-based care facilities. The Emergency Placement Homes (EPH) and Group Homes (GH) operate using the Innu Care Approach as a model of care and supported by a practice framework for operational guidance. The Shushepeshipan Ishpitentamun Mitshuap (SIM) Inc Board (Sheshatshiu) has the Social Worker – Coordinator Clinical Services (CCS) position to provide clinical services to their placement teams.
The Social Worker will be a key member of the CCS team and will be responsible for the design and implementation of clinical supports for children and youth at the homes. While supporting the professional obligations of social workers in this field, the role will also promote the best interests of Innu children and youth in care and their families.
Within the CCS front-line role described below, the successful candidate will report operationally to the applicable Operations Manager and will be primarily responsible for providing clinical support to the EPH and/or GH care team.
The Social Worker will assist in the service planning and service delivery to children and youth in ways which are developmentally appropriate, emotionally supportive, socially stimulating, and conducive to learning and development in a cross-cultural context. The CCS’s goal will be to create opportunities for Innu children from birth through their teenage years to learn and grow within their culture and communities and to guide staff to help meet the best interests of any Innu child placed in the EPHs or Group Homes.
This position requires relocation to Labrador, assistance will be provided.
- Facilitates all admissions to the home by acting as a liaison between CSSD and SIM staff
- Acts as one of two primary contacts between the EPH/GH and CSSD (the other being the Coordinator, Programs and Services), and uses their professional background to interpret the needs of CSSD and ensure that those are being communicated effectively to the program team at the EPH and GH.
- Coordinates with CSSD to ensure that the clinical needs of the young person are being met including, but not limited to, medical, vision, dental, mental health appointments
- In collaboration with the EPH and GH management and care team, participates in case conferences and program meetings with CSSD staff
- Provides support to the frontline CYCW team to create a trauma sensitive environment by providing clinical supervision on a regular basis to each of the frontline workers, and crisis-response supervision following any intense incidents that may require individual or group debriefing
- Supports the children & youth in the home through regular (documented) meetings, where age and developmentally appropriate, with each of the youth residents of the EPH or GH to assess/determine that their needs are being met (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, cultural), and ensure that meeting notes are added to the young person’s file
- Coordinates and collaborates with invested parties (including but not limited to family members, school officials, clinical support persons, CSSD) to complete assessments
- Reviews and interprets data recorded from shift and incident reports for use in quarterly reporting to CSSD
- Facilitates therapeutic, goal-directed group and individual sessions with young persons as needed
- Supports, encourages and creates opportunities for connectedness between children and youth and their families, community and culture
- Supports the CYCW team to implement CYC best practices
- Delivers training and education sessions to CYCWs as needed
- Provides clinical advice and input into Home and Innu policies and procedures
- Maintains good relationships with clients, families, and agency workers
- Enforces and abide by the Code of Conduct at all times
- Maintains valid certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and First Aid
- Attends staff meetings and training as required
- Master’s degree in social work OR an undergraduate degree in the Social Work or Social Sciences combined with significant social work practice in the child welfare field and/or Child and Youth Care experience is required.
- Knowledge of current evidence-based therapeutic approaches to psycho-social assessment, intervention/case-plan development, implementation and evaluation.
- An understanding of the critical role that culture, language and heritage play in the healthy development of an Innu child’s identity and self-worth is vital.
- Candidate is culturally competent, has an appreciation for diverse cultures, and embraces culture as a central focus in social work practice.
- Valid driver’s license
- Satisfactory Record of Conduct
- Registered Social Worker with NLASW
- Current First Aid Certificate
- Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development Record Check indicating a clear record
- Ability to assess and address the immediate and basic needs of the residents
- Understanding of the CSSD Standards for Level 4 placements and ability to support the EPH team in interpreting and implementing these standards.
The Ideal Candidate:
- Must maintain professional standards of behavior (on and off duty) expected of a position with responsibility and authority for children and youth clients
- Must be dependable and reliable
- Must exercise good judgment and discretion
- Demonstrates self-reflection and a personal accountability for work
- Focus on relationship-based practice
- Excellent oral and written communications skills are required
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a cross-cultural team
- Demonstrated leadership abilities with strong problem-solving and decision-making skills
Sound like the perfect role for you?
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Our client embraces diversity. Individuals that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills are encouraged to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.