Occupational Therapist (REVISED)
Geriatric Mental Health Outpatient Services
Complex Care & Recovery
The Geriatric Mental Health Outpatient Services provides culturally-sensitive and interdisciplinary assessment, consultation, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and ongoing community support/services to its target population of clients 60 years of age and older. The GMHS outpatient clinics specialize in dementia care, as well as serving clients with both long-standing and newly diagnosed psychiatric disorders including mood, psychosis, anxiety, and concurrent disorders as well as psychiatric conditions which may arise from medical conditions or substances/medications.
The Geriatric Mental Health Outpatient Services is currently seeking a full-time temporary (6 months) Occupational Therapist. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Geriatric Mental Health Services, as a part of the interdisciplinary team, the Occupational Therapist will provide time limited, specialized and integrated community based occupational therapy services to clients (of the program with psychosocial dysfunction, either from a dementing process or mental illness) who are living in the community or returning to the community from institutions. Using a biopsychosocial approach and encompassing the components of self-care, productivity and leisure the Occupational Therapist will share the responsibility with the multidisciplinary team to provide outreach, treatment, rehabilitation, support and consultation to help maintain the client in the community at their highest level of function. The Occupational therapist will work with other community stakeholders to facilitate integration of the client into established community based programs and/or to establish supports for clients in their communities.
You will be expected to manage a client caseload in accordance with professional practice guidelines and standards, perform detailed occupational performance/function assessments in the areas of productivity and leisure, considering the cognitive, physical, social and emotional components therein; provide direct treatment to maintain and develop skills; design and adapt special devices and the environment to facilitate function. In conjunction with the interdisciplinary team, client, family and stakeholders, you will develop and implement short and long term goals. You will establish with other team members the main focus/responsibilities that you will pursue at both the client and program level and with other team members, provide ongoing information, education and counselling to the client, family, other caregivers and services providers to help them become knowledgeable about special needs of geriatric population and mental illness and to facilitate collaboration in the treatment process. As determined by client need, you will provide leadership in the identification, development and implementation of linkages, transition and discharge planning initiatives with community partners, taking into consideration the medical/therapeutic, housing, financial, vocational, social and recreational needs of the client. You will document interventions and client progress according to established methods and procedures, participate in organizational and treatment planning meetings with the interdisciplinary team or individual team members as required. You will consult in a collaborative manner with community stakeholders to coordinate the treatment process and to facilitate appropriate ongoing services for the client. You will participate in education and training activities about psychogeriatric and mental illness with other stakeholders as required, participate in program evaluation and research initiatives in the area of psychogeriatrics, and perform other duties as assigned. You will contribute to program development and participate in research and educational activities. You will support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements. This position is located at 1001 Queen Street West.
The successful candidate must have a Bachelor or Masters of Science degree from a recognized occupational therapy program and be a registered member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, combined with two (2) years’ of progressive clinical experience working with older adults who have mental health and addiction issues. You must have membership in either the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and/or the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT) and be a holder of COTO’s pre-requisite Professional Liability Insurance. Assistive Devices Program authorizer status is an asset. Current CPR certification is preferred. Formal training in, and experience providing with, Cognitive Behavioural therapy is required. Training in other modalities of Psychotherapy, counseling, , orthopaedic assessments, pain assessment and intervention would be considered an asset. Understanding of medical and psychiatric conditions, evaluation techniques, psychometrics properties needed to evaluate therapeutic interventions and functional status and knowledge of psychiatric emergency and crisis management skills would be preferred. Working knowledge of standard assessment tools, e.g. MoCA, MMSE, WHODAS, , GDS, RUDAS, etc. and basic understanding of substance misuse would be an asset. Demonstrated superior communication skills (both written and oral), strong interpersonal and organizational skills, conflict resolution skills, experience working with community-based providers, and experience with research processes and standardized measures are required. Familiarity with computer-based programs (MS Office, Outlook, etc.) is essential. The ability to work with clients of diverse ethno-racial and cultural backgrounds is required. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or and proficiency in a second language is an asset.
Please note: This full-time, temporary position lasting 6-months is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit.
Salary Range: $33.91 to$45.71 per hour
CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.
CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.
As an employment equity employer CAMH actively seeks Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, (including people with who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges), and additional diverse identities for our workforce.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.