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Psychosocial Program Specialist

Requisition ID: 319161 

Position Number: 20038917

Posting End Date: Open Until Filled

City: Winnipeg

Site: WRHA Community Health Services

Work Location: WRHA Community Health Services

Department / Unit: Palliative Care Program 

Job Stream: Clinical Support 


Anticipated Start Date: ASAP

FTE: Casual 

Anticipated Shift: Days;Evenings;Weekends 

Daily Hours Worked: 7.75

Annual Base Hours: 2015


Salary is commensurate with education and qualifications.


Grow your career in the Winnipeg Health Region! Our team provides a spectrum of health care services through an integrated network of sites, services and organizations. We’re united by a shared commitment to excellent and equitable health care.

Position Overview

The Psychosocial Program Specialist works in partnership with other WRHA Programs and sites, community agencies, and the WRHA Palliative Care Program Team to develop and mobilize resources, to support individuals and families living with terminal illness and subsequently dealing with grief and bereavement; promotes the development, maintenance, and dissemination of excellence in knowledge and skill in psychosocial aspects of palliative care through education activities, research, and quality improvement initiatives; and provides leadership in the development and maintenance of effective and cohesive interdisciplinary teams with an emphasis on planned emotional and spiritual support;  provides direct clinical  and consultation services. 


  • Minimum five years experience in palliative care.
  • Expertise and experience in clinical practice, consultation, and team building in a palliative care setting.

Education (Degree/Diploma/Certificate)

  • Master of Social Work from a Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) accredited school/faculty, or the approved equivalent if internationally educated.


  • Must be registered with Manitoba College of Social Workers
  • Valid Driver’s License

Qualifications and Skills

  • Operated computer and accessories.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Ability to adapt readily to changing demands and situations.
  • Extensive knowledge of existing community resources and agencies providing services in palliative care.
  • Demonstrated leadership within the palliative care community.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote participation, collaboration and partnerships.
  • Demonstrated professional / community / public education skills.
  • Familiar with philosophy and vision of the WRHA Palliative Care Sub Program.

Physical Requirements

  • May be required to work for long periods of time at a computer
  • May be required to travel via an automobile for periods of time
  • May be required to answer phones for extended periods of time

This position requires a current satisfactory Criminal Records Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search), Child Abuse Registry Check and Adult Abuse Registry Check as conditions of employment. The successful candidate will be responsible for any service charges incurred. A security check is considered current if it was obtained no more than six (6) months prior to the start of employment.


Please note that an employee is not permitted to hold two or more positions across the WRHA legal entity that combine to equal more than 1.0 EFT. The WRHA legal entity includes Churchill Health Centre, Deer Lodge Centre, Grace Hospital, Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, Pan Am Clinic, River Park Gardens, Victoria General Hospital, WRHA corporate programs, and WRHA community health services.


Interviewed candidates may be called upon to participate in a skills assessment.


Any application received after the closing time will not be included in the competition.


We welcome applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available upon request during the assessment and selection process.

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