Mental Health Therapist,
Children’s Day Program
About the Role
CASA’s team of mental health professionals are trauma experts committed to delivering service in collaboration with community partners. This includes assessment and treatment for up to 4,000 children, youth and their families each year, from community outreach settings to intensive treatment programs.
The Mental Health Therapist works with children and their families to set goals and to develop skills that promote growth. Children in the Children’s Day Program (CDP) are in grades three to six and experience severe challenges managing or regulating their emotions and behavior. The therapist provides individual, family and group therapy along with school liaison and clinical support. The program is delivered in partnership with Edmonton Public Schools.
Reporting to the Clinical Manager, the Mental Health Therapist works collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure success in the area of clinical service delivery. The Mental Health Therapist provides timely mental health assessment and treatment to children. They adhere to the code of ethics and practice standards of their specific discipline, and apply the principles of evidence-informed practice to all aspects of this work. The Mental Health Therapist nurtures collaborative relationships with community partners. Duties include:
Conducting comprehensive bio-psycho-social mental health assessments for assigned children.
Developing and implementing treatment plans using a variety of treatment approaches.
Formulating diagnoses, when applicable, using the DSM-5-TR and/or other diagnostic tools as appropriate.
Providing therapeutic interventions to support the client in achieving therapeutic goals, utilizing a variety of developmentally-appropriate treatment approaches including family therapy, individual therapy and group therapy.
Facilitating psycho-educational and/or therapeutic groups for children and parents.
Carrying out case management functions including: convening case conferences, liaising with community services and other professionals involved with the child and family (especially education, social services, justice and health).
Participation in the intake and discharge processes.
Completing written discharge summaries.
Contribution to staff knowledge and understanding of discipline-specific issues.
Advocating on behalf of the child and family as appropriate.
Classification: Psychologist/Occupational Therapist/Social Worker
Location: CASA Centre
Minimum Salary: $42.00
Maximum Salary: $53.90
Hours per Shift: 7.25
Shifts per Week: Five
Days Off: Saturday/Sunday; follows school calendar
Graduate degree in psychology, social work (with psycho-social intervention designation), occupational therapy or nursing.
A minimum of two years of clinical practice in child and family mental health and/or youth addictions; experience in schools or the education system is preferred.
Must be a member in good standing with their respective professional association/college.
Demonstrated ability to practice culturally safe therapeutic interventions.
Excellent assessment, treatment and case management skills.
Strong grasp of the principles of evidence-based practice.
Knowledge and experience supporting the healing of children and youth who have experienced trauma.
Knowledge and experience in the following therapeutic modalities: cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, crisis intervention, narrative therapy, and emotion-focused therapy.
Training and clinical experience with the following therapeutic approaches will be an asset: play therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, exposure therapy, habit reversal training, motivational interviewing, organizational skills training, parent management training, positive behavioural supports.
Experience supporting the mental health of children and youth who identify as LGBTQ2S+.
Training and/or experience in facilitating group therapy would be an asset.
Ability to work autonomously, independently and to prioritize work activities.
Demonstrated ability to adapt to new or changing situations.
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