Vancouver Coastal Health

  • Occupational Therapist 1 - Mental Health

  • Job Description

    Job Title: Occupational Therapist 1 - Mental Health
    Work Site: Tertiary Mental Health - Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre - Vancouver General Hospital
    Status: Regular Part Time (0.80 FTE)
    Start Date: As soon as possible
    Salary: $33.83 - $42.19 per hour
    Hours: 0800-1600, with Monday, Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays off
    Reference#: 120763-jmc


    Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health and Addictions Services is committed to collaborating with consumers and families to build on strengths, talents and interests in order to foster a community of hope, growth and self-determination.

    Within the context of a client and family-centred Recovery model, in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) and the vision and values of the organization, the Occupational Therapist provides occupational therapy services to individuals who have complex mental health illnesses and may have co-occurring addictions and medical conditions, to enable clients to achieve and maintain optimal health outcomes, by working independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Performs assessments of clients’ occupational performance utilizing an evidence-based approach, plans and implements outcome oriented services, evaluates the effectiveness of the services, prepares and maintains records, participates in interdisciplinary research, demonstrates safe and effective resource utilization and quality management, and contributes to the development, review and promotion of occupational therapy services. Uses knowledge and skill in the area of professional practice to independently manage a complex caseload and implements occupational therapy services utilizing diverse intervention approaches. Acts as an Occupational Therapy resource for the designated area/s and provides education and counseling to clients/families. As required, contributes to the organization and delivery of occupational therapy services, provides leadership, direction and clinical guidance to rehabilitation staff and participates in departmental/program quality improvement initiatives, meetings, research and education.


    Education & Experience

    • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Occupational Therapy.
    • Two (2) years’ recent, related experience working in a psychiatric setting with individuals who have complex mental health and addictions issues or equivalent.
    • Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC).
    • Eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).

    Knowledge & Abilities

    • Knowledge of the principles of recovery in mental illness.
    • Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation methodology.
    • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act as it applies to the rights and obligations of clients and staff.
    • Knowledge of community, social and mental health resources.
    • Ability to identify emotional, social, or environmental barriers and intervene to eliminate stigma.
    • Ability to effectively manage conflict situations and aggressive behaviour and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques.
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with clients, families, team members, other groups and community agency personnel.
    • Broad knowledge of therapy theory and clinical practice within a client and family centred model of care.
    • Broad knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
    • Demonstrated ability to teach and empower clients to assume control over their health.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
    • Demonstrated ability to provide effective consultation.
    • Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities in collaboration with others in a complex health care environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to recognize when referral to another health care professional is required.
    • Basic knowledge of evidence-based clinical practice related to designated program/area.
    • Basic understanding of trauma-informed care
    • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.
    • Basic knowledge of clinical standardized tests and measures.
    • Basic knowledge of research process and methodology.
    • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
    • Skill in the use of equipment, and in the techniques appropriate to occupational therapy treatment.

    The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

    Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

    ***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

    Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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