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Social Worker/Therapist, Diabetes Education Program, Black Creek Community Health Centre

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline May 27, 2011

1 Full-Time Permanent Position (35 hrs/wk)
Black Creek Community Health Centre is a non-profit, community based organization that provides health care services and works with people to create safe and healthy communities.  The Centre is funded by the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and has received additional funding from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for the expansion of the Diabetes Education Program.  We are currently seeking 1 Social Worker/Therapist to join our team.  Working closely with the Diabetes Nurse Educators, Registered Dietitians and Community Health Worker, the Social Worker/Therapist will have a sound knowledge base around challenges individuals/families face living with chronic disease. He/She will practice within an interdisciplinary model of care with the ability to work independently and as a team member. Primary focus of this service delivery will be to integrate therapeutic practice associated with diabetes and chronic disease.

Accountability: The Social Worker/Therapist will be accountable to the Diabetes Program Manager.


  • Perform psychosocial assessments, therapeutic intervention/counseling, to individuals living with diabetes;
  • Act as a resource to Black Creek Community Health Centre to provide assistance in addressing complex client needs;
  • Advocate on behalf of the individual and systemic issues as they arise
  • Perform case management and assessment functions;
  • Contribute to chart documentation, participate in chart reviews, case conferences;
  • Provide referrals based on assessment;
  • Participate in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for treatment of Diabetes Education Program clients;
  • Assist with clinical support for students and volunteers, as required;
  • Ability to provide group counseling services;
  • Ability to provide crisis response services;
  • Engage in education & health promotion activities on and off sites in conjunction with other service providers;
  • Participate in program planning and resource development
  • Develop and maintain professional competence


  • Graduate degree in Social Work from a recognized University (i.e., M.S.W.);
  • Registration and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers;
  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with Diabetes, or Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) status is an asset;
  • Sensitivity and awareness of cultural, racial, economic, and socially diverse communities;
  • Experience working with individuals living with chronic health conditions;
  • 3 to 5 years of current counseling/therapy experience within a community health centre model of care and/or equivalent;
  • Proficiency in current assessment, psychotherapy and psychosocial counseling techniques;
  • Ability to work within a inter-disciplinary team setting;
  • Strong holistic assessment skills;
  • Experience in program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Proficiency in the use of computers, and various software applications (e.g., Purkinje)
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strong value for team work and interdisciplinary models of care;  
  • Second language is considered an asset;
  • Willingness to work at multiple sites due to program scheduling & requirements;
  • Evening work will be required;
  • Subject to a Police Reference Check;
  • A nice sense of humour wouldn’t hurt.

Preferred Start Date:   Mid-July, 2011
Salary Range: $56, 356 - $68, 065

Application Process

Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter by Friday, May 27, 2011 to the attention of:

Michelle Westin
Manager, Diabetes Education Program
Black Creek Community Health Centre
2202 Jane St-Unit 5
Toronto, ON M3M 1A4
Note:  No faxes, e-mails or phone inquiries will be accepted.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Black Creek CHC offers a competitive salary with a comprehensive benefits package, along with a positive and rewarding work environment. Our goal is to recruit and retain individuals who are highly motivated to work with us in achieving our mission of enhancing community health.  We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the diversity of our community.