Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) is a pioneer community based not for profit, charitable organization. PCHS has been fulfilling needs of the diverse communities for the past 28 years by providing services in the areas of addictions, mental health, geriatric, health promotion, domestic violence, parenting, settlement and services for women, children and youth. PCHS has a number of research studies to its credit and is recognized as an innovative organization for community development and for its Integrated Holistic Service Delivery Model. PCHS is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International and Imagine Canada.
The Behaviour Supports Ontario project (BSO) is a provincial initiative in response to the growing number of older adults with cognitive impairment due to mental health, dementia, addictions and other neurological conditions who exhibit associated responsive behaviours. The objective of the BSO project is to improve the quality of care and quality of life for these population and their caregivers at their place of residence (at home, long term care homes or elsewhere in the community).
Working within the Central West LHIN boundary, the PRC will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team for persons with behaviour challenges living in their own homes, in the community, as well as to their families and care providers. An important role of the PRC will be to provide support to the community agencies and affiliated long term care homes through education and consultation to ensure a common level of understanding and use of common language and approach in managing responsive behaviours.
This position will require working in close collaboration with Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) and Indus Community Services (ICS).
Location: Brampton (Multiple sites-Central West LHIN)
• Masters in Social Work (MSW). Current registration in good standing with OCSWSSW
• Demonstrated knowledge of dementia, delirium, mental health issues, addictions, neurological or cognitive symptoms, and acute behavioural change and their effect on the person, and /or families and caregivers
• Minimum two years’ experience in providing support to vulnerable seniors and older adults with responsive behaviours related to mental illness, addictions, dementia or other neurological conditions
• Training/knowledge of PIECES, U-First!, General Persuasive Approach, Non–Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention and recovery/psychosocial rehabilitation approaches or willingness to receive training
• Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of inter-organizational collaboration, the consultation process and adult education
• Knowledge of community mental health and addiction resources/supports in the Central West LHIN
• Demonstrated skill in working with older adults and their family members /caregivers for behavioural supports with sound understanding of Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) project
• Demonstrated knowledge of the Long-Term Care (LTC) Home Act and Regulations and other related legislation. Knowledge of current psychiatric and geriatric medications will be an asset
• Experience/familiarity with standardized geriatric assessment tools including assessments and care planning functions
• Demonstrated commitment to client- centered care, supported by evidence-based clinical best practice
• Demonstrated knowledge of cross-cultural issues, values and beliefs that impact behaviour
• Effective interpersonal, communication and organizational skills to function effectively within a collaborative team environment
• Ability and willingness to travel and work in various settings/environments
• Computer proficiency in Windows Office Suite and the internet
• Current Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Screening will be required
• Valid CPR and First Aid certification
• Valid “G” driver’s license with access to own vehicle
• Ability to communicate in South Asian languages will be an asset
Responsibilities and Duties: (but not limited to)
• Provide person centred care, counselling and support to seniors demonstrating responsive behaviours associated with various types of dementia, delirium, mental health, addictions or other neurological conditions within the Central West LHIN.
• Provide direct service to support the client, family members and/or caregivers to mitigate escalating responsive behaviours and promote integration in their environment
• Work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team to develop and deliver effective care plans comprised of behavioural management approaches, psychosocial supports and education to referred clients and their caregivers.
• Establish community linkages and outreach with relevant agencies and other programs /services offered by PCHS and ICS
• Participate actively in program development, planning, monitoring and evaluation of the project
• Provide psychosocial assessment and support to the client and families and be an effective communication conduit between the family and the care team
• Participate actively in ongoing professional development and educational opportunities
• Participate in initiatives which promote best practices and integrate care, research and education
• Willingness to work evenings/weekends if required
• Other related tasks as required
Hours: Full time 37.5 hours, Monday to Friday
(Some evenings and weekends work is required)
Position to commence: September 4, 2018 or sooner
Please submit resume by August 15, 2018 to the Hiring Committee at:
Please add Job Posting # BSO-GT-006/2018-19 to the email subject line and cover letter
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