In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at VIHA; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
Reporting to the Coordinator and working as part of an interdisciplinary team, the psychologist provides behaviour assessment and consultation for youth and adults in community settings using a variety of modalities and in accordance with professional standards and clinical policies and practices.
The psychologist will take a lead role to provide specialized services specific to assigned service areas, as required.
Education, Training And Experience
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or Clinical Neuropsychology.
Registered with, or eligible for registration with, the College of Psychology of BC.
Minimum of five (5) years of recent related experience working with youth and adult clientele in the field of developmental disability.
Specific expertise and experience with clientele and families who are managing a concurrent diagnosis of developmental disability and a mental health condition.
Knowledge of and experience with functional analysis of behavior, autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), mental health and addictions, borderline personality disorder, crisis intervention and cognitive behavior therapy will be an important asset.
Valid BC driver's license.
Skills And Abilities
Knowledge of developmental disabilities and the interactions with mental health disorders and addictions.
Demonstrated ability to communicate complex concepts verbally and in writing, using clear, direct language.
Demonstrated ability to lead groups of support personnel through their conflicts of opinion and approaches to reach a consensus about consistent approaches.
Knowledge of psychiatric disorders, Legislative Acts and MHAS policy.
Ability to plan and organize workload and establish priorities.
Ability to exercise sound judgment, decision-making and problem solving.
Ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Knowledge of community dynamics, agencies and resources.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Ability to operate related equipment.
Knowledge of non-violent crisis intervention.
Ability to deal effectively with wide range of community and facility contacts.
Ability to respect client's rights, values and preferences including multi-cultural issues.