The purpose of these positions is to provide comprehensive screening, assessment, and individual, family and group clinical services. The screening function of these positions requires the intake workers to gather, analyse and formulate information from a variety of sources to determine the need for mental health services, assist in multi disciplinary case review and clinical planning. The clinical service function requires the therapists to provide mental health assessment and treatment to children, adolescents and their family in a primarily group therapy driven model for clients in crisis or in longer term clinical need for a broad range of mental health problems and conditions. These functions require extensive knowledge of child development, clinical conditions and assessment methods, family functioning and best practices in child and adolescent mental health.
- Accurately screen potential referrals to determine eligibility and appropriateness for Community Mental Health Services and to prioritize the presenting issues;
- Gathering psycho-social histories, and examines the client’s emotional situation, daily functioning using appropriate objective measures and validated screening tools;
- Develop treatment plans where appropriate, recommended treatment plans, or care pathways;
- Provide crisis intervention for clients with urgent needs or who present to the site;
- Utilizing independent professional judgement analyses of the presenting problem, setting appropriate goals, selecting treatment options, provide relevant interventions, monitoring feedback, and adjusting as required;
- Utilizing and applying extensive knowledge of evidenced based therapeutic approaches including, crisis intervention, cognitive, supportive, problem solving, family and group therapy, and discern which approaches are best suited to the assessed condition;
- Provide therapies in a primary group therapy driven model using best practice CBT and DBT based resources;
- Liaison with other mental health and community services, i.e. external agencies and departments, and the community at large (obtaining and providing information);
- Maintain and protect confidential records and case reporting consistent with policy, procedures, and ethical standards, as part of the treatment case management process;
- Participate in service directed educational requirements to ensure standardized best practice treatment programs are able to be provided and maintain proficiencies in CBT and DBT models;
- Other related duties.
- Master of Social Work supplemented with considerable experience.
- Must be registered, or eligible for registration, with the PEI Social Work Registration Board.
- Must have experience in case management practices and demonstrated ability to work in a consultative and collaborative manner and within a multi-disciplinary team.
- Must have demonstrated ability to provide best practice treatment individually and in group settings for child and youth and their families with mental health and substance use issues.
- Must have demonstrated ability to stabilize crisis situations, and effectively assist families.
- Must have demonstrated assessment and interviewing skills, particularly in child development and family functioning.
- Must have excellent organizational skills, and highly motivated.
- Must be able to access reliable transportation.
- Must have knowledge of Mental Health Act, psychiatric disorders, medications and Mental Health Services.
- Computer skills are required.
- The successful applicant must provide a satisfactory criminal records check prior to beginning employment.