HSABC partners with B.C. Centre of Substance Use to support research in addiction care

Vancouver (03 Jan. 2018) — The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSABC/NUPGE) has partnered with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) to offer an Addiction Social Work Fellowship. As the leading union in providing multidisciplinary care services for British Columbians living with mental health and substance use challenges, HSABC/NUPGE is committed to the professional development of health science professionals working in the field.

Exciting professional development opportunity

"The response to British Columbia's substance use crisis must come on many fronts," said Val Avery, HSABC President. "This partnership with teh BC Centre on Substance Use supports social workers, who are critical members of the multidisciplinary care team, to lead research on teh clinical approaches to addictions care," she said.

The BCCSU Addiction Social Work Fellowship position, to be funded by HSABC/NUPGE, adds to the number of positions being offered by this exciting and innovative interdisciplinary training program for health care providers working in the field of mental health and substance use.

Fellowship first of its kind in North American to address addiction 

The BCCSU Addiction Social Work Fellowship was established in 2016, and is the first Addiction Social Work Fellowship in North America. Previously the St. Paul’s GoldCorp Addiction Medicine Program, founded in 2013 by Dr. Evan Wood, the fellowship program currently includes 9 positions in medicine, 4 positions in nursing, 4 positions in social work, and 4 positions in research. The program strives for excellence in interdisciplinary clinical training, scholarship, research, and advocacy preparing Fellows to work clinically in the field of addictions and take leadership roles in academic and/or research settings.

This is a paid professional development opportunity beginning on July 1, 2018 and may be completed over 6 months (full-time until December 31, 2018) or one year (part-time until June 30, 2019). The fellowship encourages learning experiences in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, withdrawal management, recovery oriented systems of care, concurrent disorders, specific populations (e.g. women, youth, First Nations, HIV), innovative practice, harm reduction, and research. The program also encourages didactic learning experiences through a 2-week academic block, journal clubs, research and presentation skills development, leadership, clinical and research skills workshops, and lectures with interdisciplinary trainees (e.g., medicine, social work, allied health).

Fellows must hold a minimum of a Master of Social Work degree and be registered and in good standing with the British Columbia College of Social Work.

The deadline for applications for the HSABC-funded position in the BCCSU Addiction Social Work Fellowship is January 31, 2018.


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