Friday, October 16, 2015

Job Posting: Social Worker Therapist - Vancouver

Social Worker

The Alpine Anxiety & Stress Relief Clinic ( is looking to welcome a new therapist to join their practice as an associate in Vancouver, South Granville area. We specialize in providing a wide range of treatments, including CBT and body- centred therapies, for people experiencing anxiety, depression and stress. We also provide counselling for couples.

Applicant must have:

  • Counselling skills and experience in working with couples
  • Specialized training in working with people with anxiety disorders and/or depression, preferably using body-centred approaches.
  • Minimum 5 years experience
  • Be registered with the BCCSW
Preference will be given to therapists trained in the Developmental Model of Counselling by Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson of the Couples Institute.

As an associate you will gradually build your practice through referrals from the clinic to work up to two or three days per week. You must also be willing to work some evenings.

Please send a cover letter outlining your specific experience and treatment approaches with couples as well as with anxiety disorders and depression along with your resume to Claire Maisonneuve at or fax: 604-732-4298.

Global: India Joins IFSW

indian Social Workers taking action on 2015 World Social Work Day
Indian Social Workers taking action on 2015 World Social Work Day

India Joins IFSW (13 October 2015). Retrieved from:

IFSW Secretary-General, Rory Truell is delighted to announce that India has become a member of the Federation. “It has been a long standing wish of social workers from throughout the world that India would become a member of IFSW and now it has been achieved”, he said.

India was successfully admitted into full IFSW membership this week following a postal ballot from other IFSW members on the application from The India Network of Professional Social Work Association (INPSWA).

In accordance with the IFSW constitution, only one member per country representing social work nationally can join the Federation. When there is more than one professional association or organisation in a country, they need to form an agreement to work together and democratically share their IFSW membership and single vote.

Difficulties in the past for India’s admission into IFSW included that there have been multiple social work associations separated by geographical challenges and lack of resources. However, last August six Indian professional associations met to form a new India wide organisation that created a new level of national social work unity and paved the way for admission into IFSW.

The INPSWA members are:
  • Indian Society of Professional Social Workers, founded in 1970.
  • The National Association of Professional Social Workers, founded in 2014.
  • The Karnataka Association of Professional Social Workers, founded in 1977.
  • Kerala Association of Professional Social Workers, founded 2013.
  • Professional Social Workers Association, founded 2004.
  • Bombay Association of Trained Social Workers founded, in 1989.
“It is an exciting moment for professional social workers in India”, said Sriganesh Venkatanarasiah, Secretary General of INPSWA. “We will be glad to work with social work fraternity across globe and strengthen IFSW and feel proud to be a part of global community of professional social workers”. He thanked the IFSW Secretariat for guiding INPSWA through the membership application process and all the IFSW members for voting for the application.

Mariko Kimura, IFSW Regional President for Asia-pacific said, “On behalf of IFSW Asia Pacific Region, I would like to congratulate and welcome India on having been accepted as a full member of IFSW.  India holds abundant resources and potential for their contribution to the development of the professional social work networks in the AP Region.  I look forward very much to working with India”

“We are witnessing history in the making”, said Rory Truell, “India’s long and powerful history of social work now stands shoulder to shoulder with the world-wide profession. The voice and experience of Indian social workers will have a positive impact on our global work as the profession moves forward facing the globalised challenges.

 Furthermore, the joining of the Professional Associations in India strengthens the profession at the national level and elevates the important contributions of social work in Indian society. This is a historic moment of significance and IFSW fully congratulates all of the Indian social workers that have turned this vision into a reality”, he said.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Child Protection Staffing Levels: Report Calls for More Social Workers to Protect B.C. Children

Report Calls for More Social Workers to Protect B.C. Children

Wendy McLeod (October 8, 2015).  Kelowna Now. Retrieved from:

B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth has called on the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to do more in order to bolster child protection at the front lines.

In the report released Thursday, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond says the provincial government needs to boost its investment in front-line social workers, adding there is a dramatic mismatch between expectations placed on child protection social workers and the number of staff available province-wide who can do the work.

The report, which is entitled The Thin Front Line: MCFD staffing crunch leaves social workers over-burdened, B.C. children under-protected, states there were fewer front-line workers in 2015 than there were in 2002.

It says that at any given time, 10 per cent of child protection positions in the province are unfilled.

“The provincial government has known about this situation for years, but has not done nearly enough to address it,” said Turpel-Lafond. “Children and families in B.C. have paid the price for this and so have social workers whose job is already difficult enough without the impossible workloads and unfilled vacancies now occurring across MCFD offices.”

The report goes on to say that child protection standards timelines “routinely go unmet and children and youth are too often left in unsafe situation while social workers are increasingly disillusioned and burned out.”

“These standards are there for a reason, to ensure that kids are safe and the work must be done to ensure child protection services meet timelines and reach all impacted children and youth,” said Turpel-Lafond.

However, Children’s Minister Stephanie Cadieux feels differently, saying Turpel-Lafond’s data is out of date and they’ve hired 110 new child protection workers. She says she’s confident the ministry is “moving forward to getting to a place where all of the staff is feeling they can accomplish their jobs and have support they need.”

It was announced last year that the government was going to hire 200 additional staff members.

“We are also doing a lot of work with reorganizing how we do work in the ministry to remove administrative type tasks from the front-line so social workers can spend their time working directly with their clients and families,” said Cadieux. “When all of that work is done, and we’re at the end of this year, if indeed we still see challenges in how our work is being accomplished across the province, then I will have an opportunity at that point to reassess whether or not we need additional staff moving forward.”

Turpel-Lafond is calling on the government to increase the MCFD’s budget by six per cent and have foster care extended from 19 years of age to 24.

“I’m personally less concerned about whether or not we extend foster care in its form to 24 and more concerned with changing the outcome for kids as they age into adulthood,” added Cadieux.

The entire report can be read here. It comes just weeks after Alex Gervais, a B.C. teenager in government care, died while living in a hotel. 

Workplace Safety: B.C. social workers union calls for safety review of ‘no-go zones’

B.C. social workers union calls for safety review of ‘no-go zones’

Wendy Stueck (Oct. 08, 2015). The Globe and Mail. Retrieved from:

The union representing B.C.’s social workers wants to know once and for all whether some of its members avoid areas of the province out of concern for their personal safety.

The union is calling for a health-and-safety review into so-called “no-go zones” that would also canvass what communications devices, such as satellite phones, are available to front-line workers. Concerns about such no-go zones, particularly in aboriginal communities, emerged last year in a report by the B.C. children’s advocate, which examined the suicide of a 14-year-old girl living in a rural First Nations community.

The report included comments from a social worker who described threats to a colleague and not being allowed on reserve.

The British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), which released a report on Thursday calling for an overhaul of aboriginal child and family services in the province, says its members still report areas where they are not comfortable working. The union says it wants the government to acknowledge and track the issue.

“[The Ministry of Children and Family Development] says there is no such thing as a no-go zone – but there are areas of the province where social workers are afraid to go and they have to get the police to go in ahead of them,” union vice-president Doug Kinna said, adding that such areas are in cities as well as remote, rural places.

The union’s report calls for a provincewide inventory and identification of so-called “no-go zones.”

Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux said in a statement that her ministry had only just received the report, but would review it. She also said the ministry hadn't heard directly from the union about the issues raised in the report.

"The B.C. government recognizes the challenges that many of our First Nations and Aboriginal children, youth and families face," Ms. Cadieux's statement said. "We will take the time we need as a ministry to review their recommendations from [the report] in the context of the other work currently underway."

Ms. Cadieux added that any changes to the system must involve aboriginal leaders.

In response to questions about last year’s report from the children’s advocate, Ms. Cadieux said at the time that no-go zones are not allowed and, if a social worker needs support of police to gain access on reserve, such support must be delivered. The ministry also said it has agreements with bands to ensure access to children on reserves who face health or safety concerns.

Thursday’s report from the union is a follow-up to a report released last year that flagged problems in B.C.’s child-services sector, including chronic understaffing, unmanageable workloads and safety concerns.

Those problems, along with others specifically related to aboriginal child services, are outlined in the new report, which recommends overhauling B.C.’s system to make it more helpful to children and families and more accountable for public funds it spends.

“The ideal outcome is that governments understand their role in supporting and prioritizing the resourcing for aboriginal child and family welfare in B.C.,” BCGEU president Stephanie Smith said on Wednesday, referring to both the provincial and federal governments, which each have a role in aboriginal child services.

B.C.’s system also includes delegated aboriginal agencies, or DAAs, community-based groups empowered by the provincial government to provide child-welfare services in First Nations communities.

Delegated agencies have come under fresh scrutiny since 18-year-old Alex Gervais, who was in the care of Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society, died last month after being placed in a hotel.

His death is under review by the province.

A 2013 report by the Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, found the province was directing about $90-million a year to delegated agencies without a good idea of their performance.

The new BCGEU report recommends full disclosure of funding to delegated agencies and an immediate review of all delegation agreements.

“We’re not saying throw money at this issue – we’re saying it needs to be resourced correctly,” Ms. Smith said.

“So staffing, training – we need to find a way to co-ordinate these services better between delegated agencies and between [the Ministry for Children and Family Development]. … The communication between those two are very poor, and when that happens, children slip through the cracks.”