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Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic 

The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. 

Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations. 

 

We are hiring EIGHT (8) CBT Clinicians in the following programs:  

 

  1. Ontario Structured Psychotherapy (OSP) Program: Low Intensity Services 
  •   FIVE (5) Permanent, Full-time roles, 35 hours a week with the possibility of 40 hours per week. Evenings and weekends will be required based on client scheduling needs.  
  •   ONE (1) Contract, Full -time role (until July 2022) 35 hours a week with the possibility of 40 hours per week. Evenings and weekends will be required based on client scheduling needs.  

 

      2. OSP Program: Network Lead Organization (NLO) Program, Intake Focused  

  •  TWO (2) Permanent, Full - Time roles, 35 hours a week with the possibility of 40 hours per week. Evenings and weekends will be required based on client scheduling needs.   

  

Comprehensive Health Benefits: Full Extended Health & Dental, Life Insurance, EAP, STD, LTD, & Pension Plan. Generous paid time off including vacation, sick, personal days as per HR policies.

Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available remotely for staff (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) and work can be delivered from home. 

The home office for this position is our Vaughan office (8271 Keele Street, Vaughan, ON L4K 1Y2) however some employees may be able to attend remotely via the Toronto office.  Once all public health directives have been lifted regarding the pandemic, key trainings and team meetings will take place at our Vaughan Office.  Working from home beyond the pandemic period may be a possibility 

  

Overview: Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program

OSP is a stepped-care program, which means that clients start treatment that is the best fit for them with the shortest wait. As clients go through the program, treatment is adjusted based on whether their progress and other additional needs. Most clients start at the first step, which consists of low intensity treatment offerings. Clients are transferred to the second step, which consists of high intensity treatment offerings. Intensity in OSP refers to the amount of clinician contact. Treatment offerings in the OSP program follows a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) framework. 

  1. Low Intensity Services

The Clinician Assisted Bibliotherapy (CAB) program is our OSP low intensity treatment offering. The clinician is responsible for providing a combination of assessments (intake/triage), treatment, and interim support to clients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression through a structured program. The breakdown of the functions will be determined by operational needs.  

  • Assessments are standardized in alignment with the OSP guidelines.  
  • CAB is delivered in a series of sessions over approximately 2-3 months for each client. The clinician provides psychotherapy through remote modalities (such as telephone or videoconferencing)  around specific concepts and activities from selected CBT manuals. Client sessions are typically 25-30 minutes long. 
  • The clinician also administers structured questionnaires to measure the client’s quality of life, functioning and symptoms of anxiety & depression.  
  • Clinicians may also be required to provide short-term, interim support to patients who are awaiting transfer to higher-intensity services (i.e., supportive, brief contact). 
  • The clinician liaises and reports any client concerns or safety issues to the client’s primary health care provider and the CMHA Clinical Consultation team. The clinician maintains client records, documenting clients’ progress through the program. The clinician also receives clinical support and supervision through feedback from Clinical Psychologists and will be required to adhere to clinical directives. The incumbent is also required to perform other related duties as assigned. 

  2. High Intensity Services  

High intensity services are offered through CMHA’s NLO.  NOTE: As the NLO is currently being developed, the specific required functions of the clinician will be determined by the operational needs of the program. The clinician will provide these functions in alignment with the clinical guidelines of the OSP program. The client population includes those with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and anxiety-related conditions. 

In general, the clinician is responsible for providing assessments (intake/triage), treatment, and interim support to clients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression,  through a structured program. The breakdown of the functions will be determined by operational needs. There may be some clinicians who are focused more on intake/triage and others who are more focused on treatment. Please note that intake/triage is provided remotely (over the phone or via videoconferencing) and that a portion of high-intensity services will be required to be offered in-person at a Satellite Delivery Site within the CMHA OSP network.  

  • Assessments are standardized in alignment with the OSP guidelines.  
  • CBT manuals specific to client presenting problems (i.e., depression, trauma, anxiety) are used in high intensity services. Clinicians hold 60 minute weekly therapy sessions with clients, in various modalities (e.g., telephone, virtual, and in-person). CBT protocols vary from 12-20 sessions. 
  • The clinician also administers structured questionnaires to measure the client’s quality of life, functioning and symptoms of anxiety & depression.  
  • Clinicians may also be required to provide short-term, interim support to patients who are awaiting transfer to higher-intensity services (i.e., supportive, brief contact). 
  • The clinician liaises and reports any client concerns or safety issues to the client’s primary health care provider and the CMHA Clinical Consultation team. The clinician maintains client records, documenting clients’ progress through the program. The clinician also receives clinical support and supervision through feedback from Clinical Psychologists and will be required to adhere to clinical directives. The incumbent is also required to perform other related duties as assigned. 

 

In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, demonstrate effectiveness in working in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships. 

 

Requirements: 

  •  Registered in the province of Ontario as a member in good standing with the appropriate College and eligible to provide the controlled act of psychotherapy as either a Registered Social Worker, Registered Occupational Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist or Registered Nurse. 
  •  Master’s degree is required  
  •  Minimum 3 years of experience in the delivery of evidence-based CBT is preferred; Documented evidence of CBT training with adequate supervision is preferred  
  •  Demonstrated experience and knowledge of etiology and treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders as well as CBT and its application in mood and anxiety disorders  
  •  Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the science and practices of psychotherapy including a full range of psychotherapeutic and assessment techniques   
  •  Results-oriented work ethic and ability to work independently and undertake tasks needed to accomplish work objectives and to deliver quality, consistent and timely results  
  •  Strong assessment skills to deliver and interpret symptom and outcome measures  
  •  Demonstrated analytical, interpersonal, time management and organizational skills  
  •  Proven written and verbal communication skills  
  •  Proven ability to adapt readily to change 
  •  Models and promotes core ethical practice, organization’s values, and reflects an optimistic and positive attitude  
  •  Familiarity with a Microsoft Office365 applications (Word, Outlook, etc.) 
  •  Experience with scheduling and electronic medical record keeping using a clinical management system is an asset 

At CMHA-York Region we encourage career development and provide comprehensive training for all of our clinicians. Due to the nature of training within the program, successful candidates must remain in this position for a minimum of 12 months before exploring other career opportunities within our CMHA family. 

Working Conditions: Office work. Sitting at a desk and communicating over the phone for long periods of time i.e. a tele-agent environment. Day, evening and weekend hours are required based on client scheduling needs.  

Disclaimer: In keeping with Mental Health reform, best practices, funding and direction, this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here. 

  

Why work for CMHA York Region? 

We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. We offer an inclusive, innovative and high-performance work culture that helps us deliver transformational impact. The organization cares about the growth, safety and well-being of employees and offers: 

  • Competitive Total Compensation (including salary, benefits, pension) 
  • HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan) effective Dec 2021 
  • Comprehensive Health Benefits 
  • Robust Performance and Career Development program 
  • Learning & development opportunities 

We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner. Our team cares for each other. We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication. 

Learn more about us by visiting: https://cmha-yr.on.ca/careers/    

 

Application Procedures: 

If you are interested in this opportunity, click on the “Apply Now” button above and proceed to upload your cover letter and resume.

Complete the application form and submit the following: 

1) Cover letter with 300 words or less and tell us why you would want the CBT role and why you should be considered for the position (PDF or Word) 

2) Resume (PDF or Word)  

CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply. 

To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email AODA@cmha-yr.on.ca

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.