Registered Social Worker

About The Lakeland Region

About The City of Cold Lake

Cold Lake is in northeastern Alberta and is named after nearby Cold Lake. Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake is situated within the city’s outer limits.

Cold Lake was first recorded on a 1790 map, by the name of Coldwater Lake. Originally three communities, the City of Cold Lake was formed by merging the Town of Grand Centre, the Town of Cold Lake, and Medley (Canadian Forces Base 4 Wing) on October 1, 1996. Grand Centre was renamed Cold Lake South, and the original Cold Lake is known as Cold Lake North. Because of its origins, the area is also known as the Tri-Town. The City of Cold Lake has a population of approximately 16,000 people.

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About The Town of Bonnyville

Bonnyville is a town in east-central Alberta, Canada between the City of Cold Lake and Town of St. Paul, and is located on the north shore of Jessie Lake. The Town of Bonnyville has a population of approximately 6,500.

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About The Lakeland Region

The Lakeland region of Northern Alberta is approximately 3 hours northeast of Edmonton, north of the North Saskatchewan River and at the southern edge of the great boreal forest. The area, famous among Albertans for its many healthy lakes, includes the communities of Elk Point, Lac La Biche, Smoky Lake, and St. Paul, among others.

About The Bonnyville PCN

The Bonnyville PCN’s goal is to provide practical healthcare solutions by giving you access to the medical services you need without the complication of visiting many hospitals or clinics.

FTE: 1.0 FTE
Status: Temporary Hours per Week: Variable
Hours per Shift: Variable Reference ID: RSW20231007
Primary Location: Bonnyville, Cold Lake, and Lac La Biche
Position Summary

The Bonnyville Primary Care Network and Northern Lights Public Schools is currently seeking a Social Worker for the communities of Bonnyville, Cold Lake and Lac La Biche area all located in Northern Alberta. The Social Worker will work as part of a mobile team under a Collaborative Care Model. The incumbent will work as a member of the multidisciplinary team providing evidence informed and best practices in assessment, treatment, support and follow-up to child, youth, and young adult populations.

This is a 1.0 FTE temporary position. Hours may vary to accommodate clinics and/or physician offices and/or students. Evenings and weekends may be required.


What you will do...
  • Work to full scope of practice providing comprehensive care to child, youth, and young adult populations
  • Assists patients and their families/support network, achieve their optimal physical, emotional, mental, spiritual health and well-being 
  • Detects and addresses a broad spectrum of behavioural health needs with the aim of early identification, quick resolution, long-term prevention, and wellness for as many patients as possible. This is accomplished through education, brief interventions, and referral to community resources and/or group psycho-educational programs 
  • Provide support and advocacy to clients and families for issues related to health and financial needs.
  • Conducts risk assessments, as indicated 
  • Coordinates services, including referral, and care with the medical home team and others involved in the circle of care to ensure the patient’s needs are met in a timely manner. Patients requiring more speciality level care will be identified and referred to the appropriate resource
  • Provides support and advocacy to patients and families for issues related to health and instrumental needs
  • Provides family physician with same day feedback on patient encounters 
  • Acquires and maintains a comprehensive understanding of community services and referral processes
  • Supports a comprehensive, proactive service delivery model within participating clinics, to ensure patients are assessed and screened according to current best practice guidelines
  • Works in a flexible, responsive manner to provide services in a variety of practice environments within the medical home
  • Works collaboratively within the PCN to enhance the delivery of primary care services
  • Assist with financial concerns (i.e., social assistance, AISH, family benefits, etc.)
  • Collaborate with outside agencies to provide the most effective care for students
  • Compose progress reports for care team members (i.e. physician, school team, social worker, family, student)
  • Collaborate with the student, and care team to develop and implement care plans
  • Support utilizing clinical tools to assess and measure student progress
  • Communicate with physicians and other school and healthcare professionals regarding patients’ needs and progress
  • Measure clients’ progress regularly and adjust treatment accordingly
  • Lead student education programs (e.g., depression or anxiety groups).
  • Participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning and student conferences by providing the clinical team with current information regarding professional clinical observations
  • Provide a seamless transition to AHS Addictions and Mental Health if required
  • Assist with program development and implementation aligning with best practices
  • Ensure the maintenance of accurate records in line with practice policy
  • Assist in developing and implementing patient self-management programs
  • Ensure continuity of service/care by liaising and collaborating with other providers and referring students to appropriate programs, services and agencies
  • Participates in program development and quality improvement activities
  • Maintain professional requirements and ongoing active participation in professional development
  • Maintain current knowledge and skills in clinical practice
  • Offer training support to other team members and assist in their professional development
  • Act as a resource to PCN and NLPS staff
What you need to succeed...
  • Current unrestricted registration with ACSW 
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work 
  • 3 or more years of experience, preferably in a primary care setting 
  • Experience working with patients experiencing mental health and/or chronic conditions 
  • Addictions and/or behavior change training or experience is an asset 
  • Experience in rural health preferred 
  • Experience with Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)
  • Must have own vehicle and valid driver’s license
Application Instructions

Please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence to The Bonnyville PCN:

Bonnyville PCN Administration

Include the Reference ID in the subject line of your email.

The Bonnyville PCN and Northern Lights School thanks you for your interest in this position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Bonnyville PCN is an equal opportunity employer. The Bonnyville PCN welcomes applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds.

This position will remain posted until filled.