Job Posting 88000

Occupational Therapist
Canadian Mental Health Association
Southern Ontario
closes in 5 days (Fri, 7 Oct)
full time - temporary / contract









Under the direction of the Integrated Manager, Mental Health and Addictions Services the Occupational Therapist will conduct comprehensive assessments and provide associated community treatment, rehabilitation and support to persons in the Windsor-Essex County area that have been found to have met the criteria for admission to the Early Intervention for Psychosis program.  The Occupational Therapist will apply skills which have been acquired through education and registration as a recognized Occupational Therapist in the Province of Ontario. Practice will be framed by a client centred clinical/rehabilitation case management model which incorporates strengths based holistic measures of assessment and intervention.  Other features of the position will include building therapeutic relationships, developing support plans with clients, accessing community resources, providing advocacy, offering supportive counselling and crisis intervention.


The Occupational Therapist will assess the client's individual status and needs, develop a treatment plan and in collaboration with EI team members, provide or participate in the provision of the core program services including comprehensive assessment and case management, psychiatric treatment, substance abuse treatment, structuring time and educational/employment opportunities, activities of daily living, social and interpersonal relationships and leisure time, and related supports.


The Occupational Therapist will recommend activities which have been proven to help people learn to engage in and cope with daily life. Activities might include teaching of time management skills, budgeting, shopping, homemaking, and the use of public transportation. This employee will be working with individuals who may be also be dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, eating disorders, and/or other mental health related disorders.  Periodically, it will be necessary to address barriers to mental health by creating home, work and community environments that facilitate meaningful occupation. These areas may include access to productive and leisure occupations, public transportation, better housing, and creation of inclusive prevention and wellness programs for our clients and their families. 


  • Conducts comprehensive assessments of the mental health care and basic needs of individuals referred to the Early Intervention for Psychosis Program (EI Program), specific to the discipline of Occupational Therapy.
  • Provides Clinical Intervention and support to clients including developing goal focused support/care plans based on assessment, in collaboration with case managers and other team members.
  • Ensures all file management and reporting functions are maintained in a comprehensive and timely manner.
  • Develops educational programs relevant to client group and specific to the position.
  • Assists clients in accessing and obtaining other community resources where needed and appropriate, and advocates with and for clients to ensure adequate resources are made available.
  • Make recommendations and assist in the procurement of various supplies, assistive devices and facilitative/adaptive functioning tools for clients that have been assessed as needing items to augment their ability to function effectively in their chosen environments.
  • Applies skills, knowledge and expertise as a consultant and resource to the other programs within CMHA-WECB.


Education and Skills:

  • University degree (MScOT) in Occupational Therapy.
  • Registration in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) is required.
  • At least two years recent relevant clinical experience working with vulnerable individuals.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of mental illness and treatments.
  • Comprehensive understanding of functions and principles of case management; thorough knowledge of medications and their side-effects; up to date knowledge of best practices in the fields of occupational therapy and mental health.
  • Able to work within a multi-disciplinary team of professionals both within and outside of the agency; to problem solve and achieve common goals in a participative manner using a collaborative approach.
  • Effective interpersonal, oral/written communication skills.
  • A valid Ontario Driver’s License & means of transportation.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and various Microsoft software applications.
  • Bilingualism in both official languages at the advanced level is an asset for all agency positions.
  • Full vaccination status is required in accordance with the agency’s COVID-19 Vaccination policy. Providing proof of full vaccination status will be a condition of employment.


Hours of Work:

Thirty-Five (35) hour work week. Flexible hours are required to meet service needs. The agency’s regular hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.


Salary range:      Grade 9, $34.79 – $41.20 per hour

                            Per 2018-2022 Collective Agreement


Compensation includes Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), vacation & sick leave package.


Please forward your cover letter and resume clearly stating how your skills and experience meet the position requirements quoting posting reference CMHA #46-2022 to . Please note, the posting will remain open until the position is filled.


This position is posted per Article 15 of the Collective Agreement.


CMHA strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. We are committed to following recruitment and selection practices that ensure all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CMHA.

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