Mental Health Therapist
CASA Mental Health is an established non-profit organization delivering holistic, culturally-safe wrap-around mental health services to Albertans and their families. CASA provides mental health service to the missing middle – mental health treatment for diagnosed children and youth, in between prevention and promotion in primary and community care, and acute treatment in hospital.
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.
About the Role
The Mental Health Therapist works collaboratively with inter-professional team members to ensure success in the area of clinical service delivery. The Mental Health Therapist provides timely mental health assessment and treatment to preschoolers, children and adolescents. 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. They will nurture collaborative relationships with community partners.
The Mental Health Therapist will:
- Conduct comprehensive bio-psycho-social mental health assessments of assigned preschoolers, children and adolescents.
- Develop a treatment plan and formulate a diagnosis, when applicable, using the DSM-5-TR and other diagnostic tools as appropriate.
- Provide therapeutic interventions to support the client in achieving therapeutic goals, utilizing a variety of developmentally-appropriate treatment approaches.
- Facilitate psycho-educational and therapeutic groups for children and parents.
- Carry out case management functions including convening case conferences, and liaising with community services and other professionals involved with the child and family (in particular, the education, social services, justice and health ministries).
- Advocate on behalf of the child and family as appropriate.
- Be an active, contributing member of a multi-disciplinary clinical team whose purpose is assessment, treatment, case review and consultation.
- Follow agency policy and practice regarding admission, discharge and maintenance of health records.
Classification: Mental Health Therapist
FTE: 0.6 to 0.7
Location: CASA West / CASA Centre
Minimum Salary: $42.53
Maximum Salary: $54.57
Hours per Shift: 7.25
Shifts per Week: Five
Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
- Graduate degree in psychology, social work (with psycho-social intervention designation) or occupational therapy.
- A 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/college.
- Must maintain Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) certification (training provided by CASA) and be physically able to perform all interventions.
- Knowledge and experience supporting families connected with children services and/or family support services is an asset.
- 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 emotionally focused therapy.
- Training and experience in play therapy and dialectic behavioural therapy considered an asset.
- Experience supporting the mental health of children and youth who identify as LGBTQ2S+.
- Ability to work independently, and as part of a collaborative team to build consensus.
- Familiarity with electronic medical records or similar information systems.
- Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
- Current First Aid and BLS-HCP.
- Mental Health First Aid or Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) certification.
Conditions of Employment
- A satisfactory Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Search. This would be the financial responsibility of the successful candidate.
- A satisfactory Child Intervention Check.
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or exemption on the basis of a protected legal ground.
Closing Date: Open until filled
Please quote the following competition number in your application materials 23-204.