Temporary Full Time-Commencing June 2019 for 6 months with possibility of extension


The Waterloo Wellington Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Social Work Clinician will be a team member of the Waterloo Wellington inter-professional collaborative Community Mobile Team. The position will work collaboratively with existing health care providers to deliver services for older adults with complex and responsive behaviours associated with cognitive impairments due to complex mental health, addictions, dementia, or other neurological conditions and their caregivers. The BSO Social Worker will be an employee of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph, the Lead Organization for the Waterloo Wellington BSO program.                  


  • B.A. degree in Social Work or equivalent (registered with the College SW of Ontario)
  • Prior experience in Social Work  working with older adults and families in the community and long term care homes in the areas of geriatric mental health/geriatric medicine
  • At least 5 years of current experience as a Social Worker is desired
  • Must be able to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Valid driver’s license and full time access to own vehicle
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work in various urban and rural settings/environments: community homes, long term care homes (LTCH), retirement homes, acute care hospitals
  • Excellent oral and written skills and capacity for both self -direction and  within the context of an inter-professional collaborative team
  • Excellent computer skills and familiarity with the use of electronic communication devices
  • Preference given to professional experience in  the areas of geriatric mental health/geriatric medicine and/or addictions
  • Experience and knowledge of client safety issues and demonstrated capacity to apply client safety practices
  • Experience participating in quality improvement processes an asset
  • In accordance with the Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy the position requires the incumbent to provide a Canadian Police Clearance Certificate for Vulnerable Sector


  • Canadian certificate in Gerontology/Completion of a Geriatric Certificate Program
  • Certificate in Dementia Care
  • Certificate in Addictions
  • Certificate in Mental Health
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certificates
  • Training in P.I.E.C.E.S.TM, Gentle Persuasive Approach, U-First, Montessori
  • French and/or a second language will also be a significant asset


  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge and skill working with older adults with responsive behaviours associated with cognitive impairments due to complex mental health, addictions, dementia, or other neurological conditions and their caregivers.
  • In the community, provide support and liaise as needed to the Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington, LHIN Home and Community Care, Specialized Geriatric Services, Adult Day Programs, primary care, emergency departments, acute care, retirement homes and community partners
  • In LTCH, provide support as needed during transitions to BSO staff in completing a focused behavioural assessment and care plan
  • Provide support, treatment, care and education during the sundown period for older adults with responsive behaviours
  • Demonstrated skill and ability to be an identified lead who will ‘walk with client and their caregiver’ through transitions adhering to the voice of the client (providing transitional support of older adults with responsive behaviours across care settings)
  • Belief in the protection of individual’s rights and advocacy role for the client/family
  • Work collaboratively with the health service provider partners and the older adult and caregiver to: establish care processes and standards; exchange knowledge; carry out training and capacity building; carry out performance measurement and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated excellent clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills, preventative and early detection skills, strong assessment, intervention and care planning skills
  • Ability to deliver non-pharmacological management approaches
  • Provides facilitation, coaching, mentoring and adult education skills
  • Ability to adapt positively and productively to changes in the work environment
  • Ability to identify indicators of compassion fatigue and plan effectively for mitigation
  • Utilize an appropriate problem solving approach relative to the situation within their scope of practice

To apply to this exciting opportunity, please use the ‘Apply’ button below to submit a curriculum vitae in confidence, outlining how your knowledge, experience and personal attributes are a good fit with the requirements of this position and the values of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph is an equal opportunity employer and strives for equity, inclusiveness, and diversity in all programs, facilities, and people. St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph is committed to creating a barrier-free, accessible organization, utilizing a collaborative approach in supporting persons with disabilities during recruitment, assessment, selection, hiring, and the ongoing employment life cycle.

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