Explore Careers - Job Market Report
Community and social service workers administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services, and assist clients to deal with personal and social problems. They are employed by social service and government agencies, mental health agencies, group homes, school boards, correctional facilities and other establishments.
Aboriginal outreach worker, addictions worker, behavioural aide, child and youth worker, community development worker, community service worker, crisis intervention worker, developmental service worker, drop-in centre worker, family service worker, financial assistance worker, group home worker, income maintenance officer – social services, life skills instructor, mental health worker, rehabilitation worker – social services, social services worker, veteran services officer, welfare and compensation officer, women's shelter supervisor, youth worker.
- Interview clients to obtain case history and background information
- Assess clients' relevant skill strengths and deficits
- Assist clients to sort out options and develop plans of action while providing necessary support and assistance
- Assist clients in locating and utilizing community resources including legal, medical and financial assistance, housing, employment, transportation, assistance with moves, day care and other referral services
- Prepare intake reports
- Counsel clients living in group homes and half-way houses, supervise their activities and assist in pre-release and release planning
- Participate in the selection and admission of clients to appropriate programs
- Assess and investigate eligibility for social benefits
- Meet with clients to assess their progress, give support and discuss any difficulties or problems
- Refer clients to other social services
- Advise and aid recipients of social assistance and pensions
- Provide crisis intervention and emergency shelter services
- Implement and organize the delivery of specific services within the community
- Implement life skills workshops, substance abuse treatment programs, behaviour management programs, youth services programs and other community and social service programs under the supervision of social services or health care professionals
- Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of treatment programs by tracking clients' behavioural changes and responses to interventions
- Maintain contact with other social service agencies and health care providers involved with clients to provide information and obtain feedback on clients' overall progress
- Co-ordinate the volunteer activities of human service agencies, health care facilities and arts and sports organizations
- Maintain program statistics for purposes of evaluation and research.
- May supervise social service support workers and volunteers.
Outlook & Prospects for Community and Social Service Workers in Yukon Territory
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Yukon Territory||(3 of 3 stars)||2009-07-03|
Demand is increasing due to the shift from institutional care to community based living.
Advertised vacancies require individuals to work with youth, seniors and disabled adults in a community based setting.
Many positions are on contract and require a high level of availability on the part of candidates.
Numerous community and social services workers start their career in community agencies and move on to better paid positions in the public and parapublic sectors after a few years.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014
- The Town of Watson Lake has no resident full-time doctors and has relied on the use of 15 locum doctors to provide services, which is a growing problem in the community as it tries to staff its 24-hour medical facility
- The Government of Canada has committed $500,000 in funding to the Victim Services branch, which will allow continued support for a second victim services worker position in Watson Lake
- The Government of Yukon is providing $1M over three years to the Kwanlin Dün First Nation for land-based programs at the Jackson Lake Healing Centre
- Family doctors are in demand in Whitehorse, in spite of the recent recruitment of two new physicians
- The new $30M hospital in Dawson City has opened following five years of construction and numerous delays
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