Occupational Therapist 1 - Mental Health and Addiction
Vancouver, BC
As part of the provincial mental health services continuum, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) provides a diverse range of specialized, "one-of-a-kind" tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across the province. These include services located at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and six regional clinics, the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction, and Heartwood Centre for Women. In addition to delivering these clinical services, BCMHSUS provides provincial leadership for system-wide improvement through its work in: health promotion and illness prevention; knowledge exchange; and research and academic teaching.

BCMHSUS is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include:Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.

Occupational Therapist 1
Reference #73948

Casual Opportunity

Wage: $33.83 to $42.19
Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction & Heartwood Centre for Women

Burnaby and Vancouver BC

Job Summary:
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.

Successful candidates are required to work at both the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction and Heartwood Centre for Women (located at BC Women's Hospital).

Example of Duties and Accountabilities

Assesses clients who are affected by complex substance use, mental health and medical issues by considering their personal context, goals, interests, needs, safety, environment and resources by utilizing an evidence-based approach, reviewing records, gathering information relevant to the situation, interviewing the client, and determining suitability of services to ensure occupational performance issues important to the client are addressed.
Plans outcome oriented occupational therapy services by collaborating with the client, caregivers/family and other health care providers; identifies client and therapist expectations for service and defines an approach and focus for service; establishes and prioritizes expected outcomes; discusses service implementation options; and determines sources and duration of service to meet identified short and long-term client goals.
Implements occupational therapy services utilizing diverse intervention approaches by carrying out the plan, engaging the client in activities associated with occupational roles and the client’s goals, assessing and modifying the implementation, and identifying completion criteria to promote, develop, maintain and/or restore occupational potential. Acts as a group leader/co-leader in the provision of groups to meet the rehabilitation and psycho-educational needs of clients in the areas behavior and development; and by supporting case managers with clients.
Uses knowledge and skill in the area of professional practice to independently manage a complex caseload. Coordinates care for clients by applying case management principles, carrying out health, psychosocial, functional/environmental and safety/risk assessments, identifying problems, addressing issues in collaboration with clients and families and works with the appropriate physicians, interdisciplinary team members and/or clients/families to identify and utilize community supports and agencies. Participates or leads inter-agency and/or multidisciplinary team case management coordination as required.
Provides education and counseling to clients/families regarding the functional and rehabilitation issues of clients in the areas of behavior and development, personal life, education, leisure and work; and provides information and guidance to other caregivers, health service providers, staff and other community agencies.

Education, Training, and Experience

Baccalaureate 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).
Skills and 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.
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