Job Posting 63586

Occupational Therapist - Early Psychosis Intervention
Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region
York / Durham area, Aurora
closes in 7 days (Wed, 30 Sep)
full time - term / contract

                                            INTERNAL/EXTERNAL POSTING

                                                                                                      Posting Date: July 15, 2020

Closing Date: July 29, 2020


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 looking for an Occupational Therapist on our Early Psychosis Intervention Team!


As we continue to grow our team, we are looking for an Occupational Therapist to join our passionate, dedicated, and “BRAVE” team! If you are interested in bringing your experience to an innovative, award winning organization that is continuing to grow and expand and you would love to work on this stellar multidisciplinary team to help clients in their moments of need, please continue to read further.


Closing Date: July 29, 2020


Contract: 1 year, Full-time, 35 Hours per Week, Evening Hours and Weekends may be required


Comprehensive Health Benefits: Extended health and dental coverage provided after waiting period.


Competition #: 2020-036


Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available both remotely (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) as well as onsite while respecting physical distancing. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, work can be completed primarily from home with equipment provided by CMHA.


Once public health directives are lifted, the Occupational Therapist will be working primarily in our Aurora Office (15150 Yonge Street, Aurora, ON L4G 1M2) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.


Job Profile:


The Occupational Therapist (OT) works with clients to complete assessments in the areas of daily living activities, behavior and emotion, and where required, motor coordination, sensory and perceptual motor function, and visual perception.  Treatment goals are to facilitate skills development and mastery, reduce distress, promote involvement in leisure and recreational opportunities in the community, and promote optimal functioning in activities of daily living, while altering environmental barriers.  The OT assists clients to minimize distressing or disruptive feelings and behaviors, build resilience, and attain their goals and aspirations.


The OT facilitates and supports recovery for adults facing mental health challenges through empowerment and respect by providing a range of social, educational, and recreational services. Using a recovery-based approach, the OT assists members to develop and use interpersonal, social, and leadership skills that will optimize their strengths and improve their quality of life, and mental and physical health and well-being. The OT assesses client’s strengths and needs in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure and plans and evaluates client goal achievement through both individual and group experiences. The OT collaborates with a range of formal and informal services, refers members to external resources, and may also participate in case conferences and systemic initiatives to improve availability, accessibility, and equity of resources.  Other duties as required.


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.  The OT may be assigned to different programs as required based on need. 



  • Registration and member in good standing with COTO (College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario)
  • Bachelors or Masters’ degree in Occupational Therapy
  • A minimum of two years occupational therapy experience, experience working in community with adults with serious mental illness is preferred
  • Experience in group facilitation.
  • A second language (Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu) reflecting the local community is an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of empowerment-oriented case management philosophies and practices
  • Advanced assessment, crisis intervention and counseling skills
  • Knowledge of systemic issues such as poverty, unemployment, stigma and the isolation felt by individuals with serious mental illness and their families
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
  • Extensive knowledge of supports and services in York Region, including formal and informal resources
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • A valid Canadian Full G driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance and proof that insurance covers use of personal vehicle to transport clients
  • A satisfactory and current Vulnerable Sector Screening


This position reports to the Manager, People & Teams in the Early Psychosis Intervention program. This position may require you to support other teams if necessary.


Working Conditions: Office work, community settings, meetings in clients’ home and travel with clients. Periodic / scheduled evening to accommodate client's 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 and South Simcoe?

We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and that our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams.  It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement, and sustain innovative, evidence based and transformational impact.  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.  We have been a National Nonprofit Employer of Choice for four consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.


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