Social Work Practicum Students (Fourth Year)

Lisa Roberts

Website Xyolhemeylh

With a good mind, a good heart, and good feelings.

Xyolhemeylh – Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society – is a fully delegated Aboriginal Agency providing culturally appropriate and holistic services through various programs to Aboriginal children and families residing on and off reserve in the Fraser Valley.  You can learn more about us at www.fvacfss.ca or www.socialworkwithheart.com 

POSITION SUMMARY:

As a volunteer in a practicum placement under the guidance and supervision of a Delegated Team Leader, Social Worker Practicum Students learn and demonstrate an understanding of child welfare. Our Teams are responsible for developing a trusting and respectful relationship with children, families, and communities that the Agency serves. Social Work Practicum students at Xyolhemeylh can expect to contribute to our Mission, Vision, and Values across the entire social work service delivery spectrum.

Social Work Practicum students may be scheduled to work from any of our offices in Langley, Abbotsford, Mission, Agassiz, and Chilliwack.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN AND WHAT EXPERIENCE YOU WILL GAINED:

  • Child Protection Response Model (CPRM):
    • Signs of Safety (SOS) approach
    • Using Mapping and Three Houses information gathering process
    • Using the Child Family and Community Service Act.
    • Structured Decision Making (SDM) tools
  • Screening and Assessing Reports:
    • Using Section 13 of Child, Family and Community Act which states the reasons for child protection.
    • Screen and assessing reports understanding a child/youth’s need for protection
    • Learn screening questions that will assist you in gathering and assessing information from an individual about the protection concerns regarding the child/youth
    • Conduct a Prior Contact Check (PCC); determine whether a Child Protection response is required; understand of the considerations for requiring a protection response in situations involving intimate partner violence; In consultation with the investigating social worker, determine the need to notify police;
    • Learn how the agency preserves and promotes a child’s Aboriginal heritage and connection to his or her family and Aboriginal community.
    • Visit a child/youth living in the family home and observe and participate in a face-to-face conversation using information gathering techniques.
    • Learn collaborative practice skills that help reach an agreement with parent(s) of the child(ren) regarding collateral contacts and the necessary documentation.
  • Family Develop Response (FDR):
    • Conduct a Vulnerability Assessment and determine whether there is a need for FDR protection services or whether any further response is required; complete the necessary documentation before concluding the FDR assessment phase.
    • Complete an assessment of the strengths and needs of the family using a Family and Child Strengths and Needs Assessment (FCSNA).
    • Develop a Family Plan in collaboration with the family using a group mapping to outline he plan.
  • Investigation:
    • Observe and participate in a supporting role, an investigation interview with a child or youth.
    • Complete a Safety Assessment and when safety factors have been identified develop a Safety Plan taking into consideration the child/youth’s family’s needs and resources.
    • Accurately and appropriately collect information from witnesses and collateral contacts.
    • Obtain all relevant information from individuals who may have knowledge of the child/youth and family’s circumstances.
    • Complete a vulnerability assessment as part of the investigation and accurately determine the vulnerability level and whether the file should be closed, family offered voluntary services or the case transferred to ongoing protection services.
  • Collaborative Planning and Decision Making within Child Protection Service Practice:
    • Participate in an Integrated Family Case Planning (IFCP) meeting and develop an understanding of the agency’s role.
    • Observe and participate in Collaborative Planning and Decision Making (CPD) processes including family case planning meeting, traditional decision making, mediation, and/or family court conference.
  • Observe court processes and hearings, participate in the preparation of court orders.
  • Complete, review and discuss a Comprehensive Plan of Care with a senior practitioner.
  • Complete a file review and complete analysis.
  • Become familiar with Aboriginal and ethno cultural protocols, service delivery and services available for Aboriginal and ethno cultural families in the community.
  • Review with a student mentor a list of Community resources and additional regional/provincial resources.
  • Participate in the development of a resource plan for a child going into care and discuss maintenance agreements and cultural plan.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Currently completing a Bachelors of Social Work Degree, Child and Youth Care Degree or a Social Sciences degree.
  • Must be able to obtain future eligibility for C6 (full child protection) delegation in the province of B.C.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong working relationships with children, families, Aboriginal communities, foster parents, biological parents, and other FVACFSS employees.
  • Proven experience of professional commitment, flexibility, good problem solving and dispute resolution skills.
  • Computer literacy on databases, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License (no restrictions); reliable transportation with adequate vehicle insurance.
  • This is an excellent opportunity for a student to gain experience on a Multi-Interdisciplinary Team, and develop professionally towards advancing career options.
  • Criminal Records Check is a requirement.

Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry.

If you are interested in a practicum like this with a great organization, please submit your resume and cover letter using the form below.

We are always accepting applications for practicum students.

To apply for this job email your details to Training@Xyolhemeylh.bc.ca