Social Worker - Hospice Palliative Care

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Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (SCHC) is dedicated to meeting the diverse, holistic health needs of the people of Scarborough by addressing the physical, mental, social, financial and environmental aspects of their health.  Through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and delivery of a comprehensive range of culturally competent health and social services, we cultivate vital and connected communities.


We are currently looking to hire a:

Social Worker – Hospice Palliative Care

Part Time (17.5hrs/week) Permanent


Reporting To: Manager, Community Health Teams



Seeking a Social Worker for our Hospice Palliative Care program to provide direct counselling, case management, service coordination, case planning, and goal setting to clients using evidenced informed social work practice. Specializing in Hospice related services, the social worker will utilize their knowledge of hospice palliative care, grief and bereavement, as well as health and social service systems to deliver service to clients and families while working effectively in interdisciplinary teams. The Hospice Palliative Care program that hosts a multi-disciplinary team of registered and allied health professionals offering services to people living with and dying from life-limiting illness, their caregivers and family.


Key areas of responsibility:

  • Provide comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment, develop collaborative goals and create effective care plans with clients with life limiting illness and their caregivers/families.
  • Provide clinically appropriate individual and family counselling, advocacy and case management supports.
  • Complete risk assessments and crisis interventions within a psychosocial framework
  • Support Advanced Care Planning (ACP) conversations and provide related education to clients, caregivers and families
  • Assess grief support needs from an evidence-based model and tailor interventions (social, educational, clinical) appropriately.
  • Develop professional relationships at the front-line level and work collaboratively with program partners and service providers on different levels of the healthcare system to ensure effective referral and necessary provision of services
  • Maintain an understanding of relevant legislation such as Health Care Consent Act, Medical Assistance in Dying, PHIPA, Substitute Decisions Act and their application to practice.
  • Understand and apply current norms of practice and best practices in Hospice Palliative Care and Grief and Bereavement.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Educational and/or Professional Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) with minimum 3-5 years of experience in the field.
  • Registration and a member in good standing Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).
  • Experience in counseling or providing therapy with individuals and families from diverse communities
  • Knowledge and/or expertise in specific clinical therapeutic interventions such as grief therapy, narrative and dignity therapy. and/or CBT; experience providing Complicated Grief Therapy (CGT) preferred.
  • Therapeutic skill to support individuals and families to address a broad spectrum of bereavement needs including: loss of parent, partner, family member, children's grief.
  • Strong group facilitation skills
  • Excellent organization, communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively as a team member in a dynamic, interprofessional environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate for services to meet complex needs of specific populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide Person and Family Centered Care.
  • Maintain accurate and concise confidential EMR documentation pertaining to client history and encounter data.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Current certification in CPR or willingness to become certified.


Essential Competencies (Skills and Attributes):

  • Oral and/or written fluency in other languages would be considered an asset
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and various software applications including EHR applications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health care system as it relates to palliative care delivery
  • Demonstrated problem solving and critical thinking
  • Demonstrated time management and ability to work autonomously
  • Excellence in communication, partnership building and inter professional care commitment
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and professional development


Significant Working Conditions:

  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings
  • Ability to travel across Scarborough to a variety of care settings
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Car required
  • Generous Benefits including HOOPP Pension Plan.


Remuneration: $31.45 - $38.44

Please note: All other conditions of employment are set out in the collective agreement between SCHC and SEIU.


Please reply in confidence to HR: By email:


Note: Please quote SW – HPC in the subject line.

Deadline: Candidates are welcome to apply until filled

All applications must be received by this date for consideration.

We would like to thank all applicants; only those invited to interviews will be contacted.


SCHC values equity, inclusion and accessibility. We welcome those who have a demonstrated commitment to upholding these values and who will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, newcomers, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or LGBTQ2S+

Please note that all qualified candidates, eligible to be employed in Canada, are encouraged to apply.

As an employer, we strive for excellence as a workplace and are committed to building a workforce that enhances our capacity to meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve. SCHC is committed to providing a barrier-free environment for all stakeholders including our clients, employees, job applicants, suppliers and any visitors who may enter our premises, access our information or use our services. We respect and uphold the requirements set forth under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and its associated regulations.

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