Mental Health Therapist,
About the Role
CASA provides assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents and their families in Alberta through a continuum ranging from consultation in community outreach settings to intensive treatment programs.
We do this by offering a wide range of assessment and treatment programs, as well as professional training and consultation. Our programs range in intensity from early identification, assessment and primary intervention, to intensive tertiary level treatment. All of our programs are evidence-based, community-based and trauma-informed.
CASA’s vision is a community where all children, youth and their families are provided timely mental health care and empowered to thrive.
In partnership with the Government of Alberta and several school boards, CASA is undertaking our most ambitious project yet: CASA Classrooms.
We recognize that children’s mental health supports should be provided where they are needed. That includes providing holistic, culturally safe wrap-around mental health services in trusted school spaces. This project will bridge academic and mental health initiatives in several schools through the coordinated efforts of a classroom teacher, a mental health therapist, a community social worker as well as a psychiatrist or CanReach-trained physician. This classroom-based team will provide individual therapy, group therapy and psychiatric support, as well as academic instruction that will embed opportunities to use and practice mental health-promoting skills and strategies.
Children and adolescents (grades four through 12) participating in CASA Classrooms will be supported in the classroom for approximately half of the school year, followed by another half-year of tapering treatment and transition. Programming and goals for these children will be individualized and will account for the child, the family and the community in which the classroom is located. Cognitive and behavioural skills will be taught to children as well as their families, with additional focus placed on transition and translation of skills across time and settings.
We also recognize that the translation of skills to everyday life is just as important as learning the skills in the first place. The classroom-based mental health team will also provide coordinated support to the classroom, the parents/guardians/families of those participating in the project, as well as the community school where participants will return to after their stay in the CASA Classroom.
The mental health therapist will:
Provide clinical services to children, families and educators.
Formulate a diagnosis as appropriate using the DSM-V or any other diagnostic tool currently in general use in the program.
Conduct psycho-educational support and treatment groups for children and parents.
Develop and implement treatment plans using a variety of treatment approaches including family therapy, play therapy, filial therapy and other individual and group psychotherapies.
Advocate on behalf of the child and family as appropriate.
Contribute to staff knowledge and understanding of discipline-specific issues.
Participate in admission process with the CASA Classroom team, clinical manager and division teacher.
Support their team in developing and implementing support plans.
Supports development of individual program plan.
Lead daily debriefs with team, participate in weekly case conferences and collaboratively build and support transition planning.
Co-facilitate parent support groups and multi-family therapy groups that are psycho-educational and/or psychodynamic in context.
Facilitate individual family therapy sessions.
Making appropriate referrals to contract services to inform treatment planning and diagnostic clarification.
Complete written discharge summaries to referring therapist and psychiatrist after patient discharge to support continuity of care for adolescent and family.
The successful mental health therapist will also possess the following experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:
Effective organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
Adaptability in incorporating new information, learnings and modalities.
Demonstrated ability to practice culturally-safe therapeutic interventions.
Direct experience with developing and implementing interventions with family units.
Strong commitment to building, working within and maintaining a professional team.
Classification: Mental health therapist
Location: Edmonton and area
Multi-Site: Yes; positions will attend both school locations and CASA locations.
Minimum Salary: $42.00
Maximum Salary: $53.90
Hours per Shift: 7.25
Shifts per Week: Monday through Friday
Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Graduate degree in clinical psychology, social work (with psychosocial intervention designation), occupational therapy or nursing.
Minimum of two years of clinical practice in child and family mental health and/or youth addictions.
Must be a member in good standing with their respective professional association or college.
All members of the CASA team are required to have a double vaccination status at this time.
While we appreciate all applications, only the successful candidates will be contacted.
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