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and Mental Health

Occupational Therapist

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and a world leading research centre in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. CAMH was recently awarded a Gold Level Quality Healthcare Workplace Award and recognized as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures. In 2016, CAMH was named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers. In 2017, CAMH was considered one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for the seventh year in a row.

Our supportive learning environment offers on-site training, workshops and professional development courses. Located in downtown Toronto, we are easily accessible by transit. We offer a balance of work and lifestyle including onsite day care facility, discounts on membership at the University of Toronto Athletic Centre, on-site pool (at the Queen Street location) and gymnasiums.

Opportunities are available for most health care professionals.

Occupational Therapist

Job Number: 813185

Category: Allied Health Professionals

Positions Available: 1

Years Experience Required: 1 year

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Posted Date: Jan 2, 2018


Occupational Therapist
Women’s Secure Forensic Unit/Secure Observation & Treatment Unit
Complex Care and Recovery Program


Position Description:

The Complex Care and Recovery Program is seeking a full time, temporary (1 year) Occupational Therapist to work in the Women’s Secure Forensic Unit and the Structured Observation and Treatment Unit. Reporting to the Unit Manager, you will be a member of an interprofessional team, which provides care to forensic female inpatients detained at medium security under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Review Board (ORB). Using a new evidence based intervention, clients are provided with specialized psychiatric and discipline specific assessment along with intensive care using Cognitive Adaptation Training principles. In addition, you will work with inpatients who need a structured setting for treatment and stabilization of aggressive behaviour. As an occupational therapist you will be working toward enabling patients, through assessment, treatment and rehabilitation to transfer to other units and ultimately return to the community. You will be responsible for formulating treatment plans, monitoring the response of patients to therapeutic interventions, participating in the preparation of Ontario Review Board reports and participating in the Unit’s risk management program. You will also be involved in fieldwork supervision of occupational therapy students as well as facilitating interprofessional learning opportunities for students from other disciplines. The Occupational Therapist will provide a range of specialized rehabilitation services for individuals including: initial assessments to determine clients’ skills and needs, to gauge overall rehabilitation readiness and to evaluate mental status; therapeutic and psycho-educational groups; and individual counselling to support client’s rehabilitation goals and needs. You will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements.  This position is located at the Queen Street site.



You must have a degree from a recognized occupational therapy program and be a member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO). You will be required to hold membership in  the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists and/or Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy and have the professional liability insurance required by COTO. A Faculty status-only appointment holder (or ability to meet appointment criteria) at the University of Toronto is preferred. You have a minimum of 1 year of experience providing OT services to the individuals with serious mental illness, CPR certification, and experience working with the prevention and management of aggressive behaviour. Experience in formal risk management strategies and thorough knowledge of the processes and framework of the provincial forensic system and the Ontario Review Board are definite assets. You will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills enabling you to work within a collaborative and diverse inter-professional team.  Knowledge and experience in occupational therapy assessments and interventions in a mental health setting; knowledge of recovery principles is required. Experience in developing, facilitating, and evaluating group treatment protocols and experience with program development of evidence-based rehabilitation is an asset. Experience with psychotherapeutic modalities, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance & commitment therapy, is considered an asset. Experience working with clients with concurrent disorders (mental illness diagnosis plus substance use history) is preferred. Experience with community work would be an asset. Knowledge of/and experience in working with a diverse community is required. Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language is considered an asset. 


Please note:             This full time, temporary (1 year) position is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit.

Salary range:            $31.90 to $43.00 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.


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