Healthy Care Pregnancy Program – In-Reach Worker

Location – Prince George

1 Year Term Position

Nature of Position

The Healthy Care Pregnancy Program provides community based in-reach to support pregnant and newly parenting women using and who have used substances and are experiencing risks to their health and wellness both prenatally and up to seven months postpartum. This work will involve the In-Reach Worker meeting with the women throughout the pregnancy and postpartum period, walking alongside her journey and supporting her access to basic needs, while supporting positive transitions in and out of acute care settings.  

  • Provides client centered, harm-reduction based services for perinatal women and their families accepted into the HCPP (Healthy Care Pregnancy Program) through assessment, intervention and treatment with an emphasis on those women who are at high risk of poor health outcomes. 
  • Refers clients to other health providers and other resources within the community when appropriate to ensure optimum use of resources and to facilitate client centered care.
  • Provides in and outreach services to pregnant and newly parenting women who are accepted into the HCPP.  Assesses high risk situations and provides crisis intervention.
  • Supports client access to services such as medical appointments, hospitals, transportation, housing services and social programs by methods such as providing information, contacting relevant programs/services and accompanying client to such appointments.
  • Identifies the health issues, behaviours, needs, barriers and challenges for pregnant and newly parenting women who use or have used substances and their families within the social determinants of health and within the framework of health promotion, women centered care, harm reduction and prevention. Works collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team to develop creative strategies to address the challenges. Participates in data collection required.
  • Initiates, coordinates and hosts Healthy Care Pregnancy Meetings with clients, family, service providers and members of the multidisciplinary team for identification and management of client mental health issues, concerns regarding services and coordination, emergent issues and discussion of on-going follow-up care to ensure a coordinated approach to treatment and a re-engagement in care where possible.  Acts as a client advocate to protect and promote client’s right to autonomy, respect, privacy, dignity and access to information.
  • Collaborates, consults and provides clinical support to colleagues, physicians, hospitals, counselors, teachers, social workers, and other community services and agencies for continuity of care, treatment concerns, specialized services and community resource coordination for participants at risk by providing relevant information, discussing client care issues and developing linkages/partnerships with other facilities, agencies and support groups.
  • Prepares and maintains appropriate client records in accordance with established standards by methods such as documenting client assessments, interventions, evaluations, modifications and client goals, charting client information, preparing progress notes, documenting significant events/unusual occurrences, noting referrals, provide evidence and rationale to support findings and treatment plan.
  • Participates in committees, task groups, continuing education, and/or community initiatives providing Family Tree Family Centre representation and input from a clinical perspective, presenting relevant material and promoting optimal support for HCPP participants and their informal support network to improve access, integration and coordination of services to improve health outcomes.
  • Acts in an advocacy role with government agencies (MEIA, MCFD), health care providers and landlords.
  • Promotes development of life-skills in patients by providing them with information/referrals and practical assistance to meet their basic needs and encourages client empowerment and capacity to exercise choice and actively participate in decisions affecting their own health and healthcare.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 
Required Education, Training, and Experience
  • Graduate from an approved School of Social Work.
  • Current registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
  • Two (2) years recent related social work experience providing screening, assessment and treatment services to perinatal clients currently or with a history of substance use, working within a feminist framework
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s license and use of own vehicle for transportation if required.
  • Valid CPR Certification (within two years)
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Broad knowledge of social work theory and practice within a woman centered approach.
  • Knowledge of community development and health promotion principles and practices.
  • Broad knowledge of  BC College of Social Workers Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Broad knowledge of perinatal substance use, perinatal care and mental health
  • Broad knowledge of community services that address perinatal substance use related issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with multiple stakeholders including clients and their families, health care staff and community partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze situations, problem solve and facilitate resolutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, take initiative and work collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess client responses to care and to respond appropriately.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse population including Aboriginal communities and sexual minorities.
  • Ability to operate related equipment (e.g. personal computer)
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a cooperative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with women in order to explore issues that are beyond the initial presented concerns.
  • Working knowledge of harm reduction principles.
  • Women and family-centred philosophy and an understanding of anti-oppressive practice.
  • Crisis prevention/intervention and conflict resolution/de-escalation skills.
Salary Range

$30.68 – $35.74

Current Shift Schedule

Monday – Tuesday 9:00am – 3:30pm, Wednesday – Friday 9:00am – 4:30pm, occasional evening work may be required

Anticipated Start Date

As soon as possible

To Apply

To apply for this position please submit your resume and cover letter to the address below

Shannon Smith

Family Programs Manager

1575 5th Avenue

Prince George, BC V2L 3L9

In person or by email shannon@pgefry.bc.ca

(250)563-1113

This is a union position