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Posting # 47707 - [ OPSEU Paramed ]
Psychologist, Ont. Structure Psychotherapy - 1 position
Ont. Structure Psychotherapy
Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care - London, ON
Full Time

*** REPOSTED ***

At St. Joseph’s Health Care London, an exciting opportunity exists in supporting and sustaining partnerships within the Ontario West (OW) region related to the implementation of Ontario Structured Psychotherapy (OSP) program. The OSP program provides publicly funded, evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and related approaches to Ontarians with depression, anxiety and anxiety related problems. Using a `hub and spoke’ model of service delivery, St. Joseph’s Health Care London and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton are partnering as network lead organizations (NLO) to support the implementation of this program in the OW region. The applicant will be employed by St. Joseph’s Health Care London and will be expected to support the successful delivery of the OSP West program across the entire Ontario West Region.

This position is a hybrid role that provides an opportunity to work both virtually and on-site. The Psychologist will work within OSP West providing regular clinical consultation and training to therapists in the OSP West program who are engaged in the provision of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, and related conditions (including obsessive-compulsive concerns and post-traumatic stress). The Psychologist will participate in the provincial Community of Practice for OSP Clinical Consultants. The Psychologist will also deliver individual and group CBT and CPT to clients in the OSP West program with higher levels of complexity as well as conduct structured diagnostic assessments for clients with higher levels of complexity to determine suitability for the OSP West program or to provide service navigation. The Psychologist will also contribute to research activities within the regional and provincial OSP Program. On-site requirements will be determined based on the needs of the service and location of the applicant’s residence. The ideal candidate is a clinician who has clinical experience and supervisory experience with CBT and is a champion of evidenced and measurement-based care who embraces developing others.

St. Joseph’s Health Care London and the OSP West program are committed to hiring individuals who represent the diversity of the population we serve. We strongly encourage applications from qualified candidates from all cultures, Indigenous, Black and racialized communities, people with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions challenges, people with diverse sexual and gender identities, people living with disabilities, and neurodivergent people. SJHC and the OSP West program strive for a diverse, inclusive, accessible, and equitable workplace where all employees and volunteers feel valued and respected. As such, it is critical that applicants possess a strong understanding of client-centered, anti-racist, anti-oppressive practice.

Responsibility 1 (50%): Clinical Consultation

  • Provide training and consultation to OSP West clinicians in the OSP triage assessment process to determine suitability for OSP and triaging to appropriate service intensity
  • Provide regular and ongoing individual and group clinical consultation in CBT (which will include reviewing recordings of therapy sessions, rating therapy session recordings for fidelity to the CBT protocols, and reviewing patient outcome monitoring tools) to OSP West therapists who are autonomous or qualifying members of a regulated College eligible to provide the controlled act of psychotherapy in hospital, outpatient, and community-based care settings
  • Ensure OSP West therapists at both NLO and SDS have clinical consultation at the frequency recommended by the OSP program.
  • Ensure OSP West therapists are following the most recent provincial guidelines with respect to intake and triage assessment, and support implementation and monitoring of stepped care pathway.
  • Ensure OSP West therapists are following the most recent provincial guidelines with respect to CBT and CPT treatments and support cultural adaptations of treatment as needed to provide culturally competent care.
  • Actively incorporate anti-racist, anti-oppressive practices and principles in supporting OSP therapist’s delivery of client-centered, trauma-informed care at all levels of service (e.g. assessment, treatment, service navigation etc.).
  • Support the development of materials to support OSP CBT protocol adoption by OSP West therapists.
  • Support the translation of the provincial clinical expectations into achievable outcomes.
  • Support monitoring of OSP West program operations at NLO and SDS
  • Provide feedback, suggestions and advice as requested by the OSP West leadership clinical team.

Responsibility 2 (15%): Training and Professional Development
  • Complete the OSP Clinical Consultation for CBT training
  • Train and remain up-to-date on OSP CBT protocols, training program and consultation requirements.
  • Participate in the provincial Community of Practice for OSP Consultants, including attending regular professional development events and participating in an online discussion board for sharing resources and best practices pertaining to clinical consultation and CBT practice in the context of OSP
  • Maintain a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.
  • Establish and maintain an independent program of academic productivity related to OSP West including regular publication in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at national and international meetings, and obtaining peer-reviewed research funding.
  • Lead quality improvement initiatives.
  • Supervise and train learners (e.g., psychology practicum students, interns, and residents, psychiatry residents, post-doctoral fellows, candidates registered for supervised practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, etc.) to provide assessment and treatment services within OSP West.

Responsibility 3 (30%): Psychological Services
  • Provide group and individual CBT and CPT for clients with higher levels of complexity experiencing depression, anxiety, and related conditions (including obsessive-compulsive concerns and posttraumatic stress) using the OSP treatment protocols
  • Lead the adaptation of individually-administered OSP treatment protocols to group settings.
  • Complete structured diagnostic assessments for clients with higher levels of complexity to determine appropriate care pathways, including triaging to appropriate intensity of services as well as providing patient navigation to other services as needed.

Responsibility 6 (5%): Other Duties as assigned
  • Assist the Manager and Network Clinical Lead on specific OSP West projects related to the regional development of the OSP West program, as required.

Essential Qualifications
  • Doctoral-level, Clinical Psychologist, registered in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario or eligible for registration.
  • Certified with the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (CACBT) or committed to achieving this certification within a reasonable period upon hiring.
  • Minimum 5 years previous experience in the delivery of evidence-based CBT with documentation showing that they received formal CBT training and appropriate supervision. Additional training in CPT preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the assessment, diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as OCD, PTSD, and illness anxiety.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of CBT and its application in depression and anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and illness anxiety. Additional training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and its application in PTSD is preferred.
  • Understanding of and experience in applying ethical guidelines for the provision of effective clinical supervision/consultation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Diagnostic categories and criteria as listed in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)
  • Prior experience in providing clinical consultation and training (or supervision) is preferred. Experience in providing virtual care including CBT
  • Demonstrated experience working in a goal oriented, evidence based, and outcome-oriented practice including structured diagnostic assessments (MINI, SCID, DART) for complex presentations
  • Experience adapting clinical practice for specific populations such as racialized communities, low-income and LGBTQS+ and working with an anti-racist and anti-oppressive clinical practice.
  • Previous experience in program development and program evaluation
  • Demonstrated superior communication (verbal and written) skills to effectively communicate with provincial clinical leaders, regional clinicians, consultants and partners, and program operational leaders.
  • Analytical thinking skills to understand and train others in the designated assessment and treatment clinical protocols and how to implement them, while considering strengths and challenges.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to forge and maintain strong working relationships with clinicians, managers, consultants, and partners to problem solve and achieve results.
  • Excellent time management, organizational and prioritization skills to effectively address multiple tasks and timelines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with the OSP program as an evidenced and measurement- based care delivery model is a benefit. Knowledge of and working experience with electronic medical records, computer systems and applications. Demonstrated commitment to practice based on inclusion and equity for all persons regardless of age, income, racial and ethnic origins, language, gender, sexual orientation, religion, intellectual ability, and health status.
  • Ability to collect and integrate client feedback into service model
  • Ability to uphold St. Joseph’s values and be an active contributor to a positive, innovative, collaborative, and cooperative work environment.
  • Excellent reading and writing communication skills in English, and fluency in a second language would be an asset. A satisfactory and current Criminal Background and Vulnerable Sector Screening.
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act and associated legislation
  • Knowledge of a Safety Culture in a Health Care Setting in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
  • Willingness to travel within the region as required

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated support of professional activities with a focus on the adult population as indicated by membership in and support of professional organization such as an academic appointment.
  • Related experience/competency with underserved populations such as transitional age youth or behavioral management would be an asset
  • Experience working with quality improvement frameworks. Knowledge of psychological health and safety in the workplace
  • Research capability as indicated by relevant publications in the area of focus. Proficiency in French would be an asset
  • Proficiency in French would be an asset

Teaching and Research
  • St. Joseph's Health Care London through its affiliation with Western University and Fanshawe College is a leading research and teaching hospital. As an employee of St. Joseph's you will be expected to engage in role related teaching and research activities in addition to any of your clinical duties

Immunization Requirements
  • Provide documentation you have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and a written commitment to follow any future Public Health recommendations and St. Joseph's Health Care London policies and processes related to Covid management in the workplace
  • Provide vaccination records or proof of immunity against measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chicken pox)
  • Provide documentation of the Tuberculosis skin testing

Posting date: June 10, 2022
Submission deadline: June 30, 2022

Jennifer Pasichnyk, Human Resources

Your interest in this opportunity is appreciated.
Only those under consideration will be contacted.
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