Social Workers

VCH Social Workers provide clinical, consultative and professional health care services to people of all ages across the life span. Social Workers work from a client-centered, strengths-based and anti-oppressive perspective to partner with clients to enhance their social and psychological functioning and outcomes. Social Workers work within the framework of the social determinants of health and strive to address the physical, social, emotional, economic and systemic barriers that impact health and wellbeing. 

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Where you may work

Social Workers work within a variety of healthcare areas in both large urban settings or rural centres:

  • Community clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Emergency 
  • Outreach on mental health substance use teams

Interventions you may be involved with as a Social Worker at VCH

  • Conducting comprehensive psychosocial assessments
  • Providing psychoeducation and interventions
  • Providing counseling or clinical therapy
  • Coordinating individualized goal-oriented care.  

Social Worker - New grad program

VCH is pleased to offer new graduate social work support and learning opportunities to help you enhance your confidence and competence as you transition to independent practice. As a new graduate, you will have access to on-call support with clinical skills and decision-making, new grad education sessions and supernumerary buddy shifts to support your learning needs.

Our support team for new graduates includes access to a dedicated new grad SW educator in addition to the entire practice team of managers, practice leaders, site educators, and, of course, your co-workers.  

New Grad SW Educator can provide:

  • On-call support with clinical skills and decision-making, resource finding, and emotional well-being
  • Hands-on assistance with direct patient care
  • Education on social work foundational skills
  • Booked time for clinical support, mentorship, and career planning.

VCH’s New Grad Program includes:

  • Up to 140 supernumerary hours to supplement classroom learning and enable consolidation of knowledge.
  • Access to regional social work new grad educator to support onboarding, orientation, and continued education.
  • New Grad Community of Practice

Why join Vancouver Coastal Health as a Social Worker?

  • Supportive, world-class team who delivers exceptional care to all
  • Access to Social Work Practice education, as well as mentoring and consultations opportunities
  • Comprehensive health benefits, work-life balance and wellness support
  • Competitive salaries and strong premiums and allowances
  • Multi-disciplinary team team-based care
  • Eligibility for financial relocation assistance of up to $5,000
Cayce Laviolette, Social Worker

Meet the team

“I feel incredibly lucky to work alongside such skilled and engaged physicians. Exciting moments come every day when the doctors and I take a collaborative approach to help our patients.”

Cayce Laviolette, Social Worker, Sunshine Coast Primary Care Network (PCN) team

Meet Cayce
Ashley Forbes

Meet the team

"I love to work as part of a multidisciplinary team with a shared set of values and desire to provide good client and patient care."

Ashley Forbes, Social Worker and Team Lead, Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program

Meet Ashley

How to apply

External applicant

Internal applicant

Out-of-province or international applicant