Occupational Therapist
Centre3 for Artistic and Social Practice
Hamilton, ON

Job Description 

Occupational Therapist: Part Time/ 4 days a week

The Occupational Therapist is part of an exciting new initiative of YouthCANCollective Impact group. Within a new emerging role, the Occupational Therapist will be working to enhance services offered to youth and young adults enrolled in the YouthCAN’sPost-Employment Program (PEPS) who may be experiencing emerging mental illness and/or psychosocial barriers to employment. Through program development, therapeutic intervention and system navigation, the Occupational Therapist will combine her/his education and experience to work with clients on goals related to employment and recovery. The Occupational Therapist assesses, plans, monitors, and evaluates client goal achievement through individual and group sessions. The Occupational therapist will also help identify, implement and evaluate strategies for system improvement to enhance the capacity for agencies and employers working with vulnerable youth to maintain success in vocational pursuits.

The Occupational Therapist will plan, implement, and evaluate client-centered occupational therapy services consistent with the mission and values of YouthCAN.  The Occupational Therapist assesses and diagnoses physical, emotional, social and cognitive capacity and performance, occupational demands and environmental factors and interventions to enable participation in activities of everyday life to promote and optimize health and well-being of clients consistent with the scope of practice of occupational therapy. Key functions of the Occupational Therapist encompass clinical, professional and non-clinical activities as outlined in the Profile of Occupational Therapists in Canada that are shaped by their program needs and client population.  All tasks are performed in ways consistent with the competencies of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) including; assuming professional responsibility, thinking critically, demonstrating practice knowledge, utilizing occupational therapy process to enable occupation, communicating and collaborating effectively, engaging in professional development, managing practice and advocating within systems. The Occupational Therapist combines his/her education and experience to work with clients on goals related to meaningful activity and activities of daily living.  The Occupational Therapist will work collaboratively with YouthCANstaff to ensure quantitative outcomes related to successful recruitment of eligible participants and successful retention during work placement and post-program are achieved.


  • Minimum of Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy; Master's Degree preferred
  • Registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO)
  • Member with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists or the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists preferred

Current and demonstrated:

  • Experience in a community-based mental health program
  • Experience working with youth and young adults in a community-basedsetting
  • Experience working with clients with concurrent disorders
  • Experience developing, facilitating and evaluating therapeutic programming
  • Knowledge and experienceinproject management and/orprogram development
  • Knowledge and experience in assessing and supporting clients in seeking/maintaining employment
  • Knowledge of models of support to promote success in employment (e.g.individual placement and supports).
  • Education/certification in relevanttherapeutic modalities(eg.CBT, motivational interviewing, DBT, mindfulness...)
  • Knowledgeof mental illnessincluding etiology, prognosis, assessment, treatment, crisis intervention and recoveryincluding specialized understanding ofemerging mental illness and early intervention principles
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Healthcare Consent Act, Substitute Decisions Act, Privacy Legislation and additional legislation relevant to workplace, school and community participation
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with young people from diverse backgrounds
  • Strong understanding of community resources with the ability to act as a negotiator, navigator and broker between clients and services they access
  • Knowledge of the unique developmental issues of young women and non-binary youth
  • Assessment skills in self-care, productivity and leisure
  • Knowledge and experience in working with clients to plan, maintain, and monitor interventions in their home, school,  workplace, and/or community
  •  Knowledge, skills and experience in the principles and practice of recovery
  • Teamwork, advocacy, problem solving, and oral and written communication skills
  • Computer skills in relevant software and applications
  • Demonstrated participation in research, evidence-informed practice, program evaluation and evidence of continued professional development and education
  • Good organizational skills, with the ability to set own priorities and work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work from an anti-oppressive/anti-racist and feminist perspective

All interested candidates please forward your cover letter and resumeby Friday, September 9 2019.

Job Types: Part-time, Temporary

Salary: $30.00 /hour