Vancouver Coastal Health

Occupational Therapist 2 - Mental Health Housing Services

Job Description

Job Title: Occupational Therapist 2 - Mental Health Housing Services
Work Site: Mental Health & Addictions Long Term Care Treatment, Goldcorp Centre for Mental Health - Vancouver, BC
Status: Regular Full Time 
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $37.24 - $46.39 per hour


Days off: Saturday, Sunday, statutory holidays; May have rotating alternate days off

Reference#: 171116-jzh


Come work as an Occupational Therapist with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Occupational Therapist to join the Mental Health & Addictions team working out of the Goldcorp Centre for Mental Health in Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!


As an Occupational Therapist with Mental Health Housing Services you will:

  • Participate as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team and provide supervision to non-paramedical staff.
  • Plan, develop and implement psychosocial rehabilitation assessment and intervention to clients living in the continuum of supported mental health and addiction housing.
  • Provide occupational therapy services to clients who are seriously affected by substance abuse and mental health problems to enable clients to achieve and maintain optimal health outcomes.
  • Perform assessments on client’s occupational performance utilizing an evidence-based approach.
  • Plan and implement outcome oriented services, evaluate the effectiveness of the services, and act as a clinical resource for the team.
  • Prepare and maintain records.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary research.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective resource utilization and quality management, and contribute to the development, review and promotion of occupational therapy services.
  • As required, contribute to the organization and delivery of occupational therapy services, and participates in departmental/program quality improvement initiatives, meetings, research and education.
  • Collaborate with family members / significant others, inter-disciplinary team members, educational resources and other health care professionals/providers to achieve excellence in health services and education.
  • Act as a consultant to case managers and housing providers to help determine optimal support and housing options for clients.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy and two (2) years experience in a mental health or addiction setting working with adults, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC).
  • Eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).
  • Valid B.C. Driver’s License - local area travel requires the use of a personal vehicle for which mileage reimbursement is paid.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles of recovery in mental illness and addiction.
  • Considerable understanding of occupational therapy principles and technique/ psychosocial rehabilitation principles and techniques.
  • Broad knowledge of health care and social service systems, as well as community resources, community health agencies, social services, service mandates, and referral guidelines.
  • Knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to tenants and their support network.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with individuals from diverse cultural, economic and social backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated abilities in facilitation, mediation, and conflict resolution techniques, and demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, evaluate and modify rehabilitation programs/services and to plan/deliver and evaluate therapeutic programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently plan, organize and prioritize workload and adapt to a changing caseload.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct functional and specialized OT assessments.
  • Working knowledge of mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Proven ability to defuse difficult and complex situations.
  • An interest and ability to work within a systems approach to the delivery of housing services.
  • Ability to supervise staff.
  • Ability to plan/deliver in-services to individuals and groups.
  • Ability to stimulate clients' interest, assess results of programs and work effectively on an individual or group basis.
  • Ability and commitment to work well with administration support and clerical staff are essential.
  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Ability to carry out the physical demands of the job.

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.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

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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