Occupational Therapist - Regional Services - Emergency Mental Health Assessment Services (EMHAS)
Homewood Health, Inc.
Guelph, Ontario
16d ago

Homewood Health is Canada's leader in mental health and addiction services and we offer the most comprehensive and integrated continuum of services available in Canada.

We are redefining mental health and addiction services to help Canadians live healthier, more productive and more fulfilling lives.

Position Summary

With over 130 years of experience, Homewood Health Centre is one of Canada's largest and leading facilities for medically focused, physician-

led treatment of mental health and addiction disorders.

We are hiring an Occupational Therapist for our Mental Health and Addiction Emergency Follow Up Services (MHAEFUS) team, which functions under the umbrella of our Emergency Mental Health and Addiction Services (EMHAS).

As an employee with the Homewood Health Centre, you will be based and working out of the Guelph General Hospital (GGH), providing immediate treatment to individuals with mental health and / or addiction related issues that have recently accessed the Emergency Department seeking support.

The Occupational Therapist works as a part of an interdisciplinary team, including Addiction Counselling, Social Work, Nursing, ED Physicians and Psychiatry.

Service delivery may be provided to patient’s within the Emergency Department, the Short Stay Assessment Unit (4 bed unit), on medical floors (supporting the Consult Liaison team) or patient’s requiring access to immediate care following a discharge home.

The overarching goal of the Occupational Therapist is to support the mandate of MHAEFUS which is to :

  • provide treatment in a timely manner (reflective of the acuity of the need)
  • act as a bridge and support access to longer term community support
  • to decrease the time spent in crisis and in hospital (eg. ED wait times and the risk of repeat ED visits which could be avoided with access to treatment)
  • provide appropriate, empathetic, non-judgmental and respectful urgent care to adults with mental health and addiction related issues in our community
  • You’re a great fit, if you thrive in a fast-paced environment, are passionate about innovation, foster collaboration, and are committed to service excellence.

    Hours of Work : Permanent Part Time, involves 12 hour work days (9am to 9pm) Saturday and Sunday every third weekend (part of a six week rotation)

    What you'll be doing

  • Functions as a clinical member of the interdisciplinary team in providing the individual and group-based treatment, with a focus on skill development and implementing strategies for healthier and safer coping with life stressors
  • Works in collaboration with community agencies and health care professionals, in order to support patient’s connection with applicable resources, to assume an advocacy role when required and coordinate planning to decrease risk of illness relapse
  • Delivers CQI reports and program evaluation activities
  • What we're looking for

  • Graduate of a recognized Occupational Therapy Program
  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario is required
  • Experience working with persons in acute psychiatric distress and those living with severe and persistent mental illness is essential
  • Knowledge of acute crisis services and crisis intervention skills.
  • Familiarity with Dialectical Behavioural Therapy skills, particularly in relation to crisis management preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Guelph and South Wellington mental health and addiction community resources
  • Demonstrated leadership (ability to work independently) and communication skills in interdisciplinary teams is essential.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with consumers, families, hospitals, acute and emergency units, and community agencies within an integrated recovery-
  • oriented and medical model approach

  • Knowledge of and experience working within a recovery framework and using psychosocial rehabilitation principles for service delivery.
  • Knowledge of mental health and addiction related disorders, and an understanding of the impact on function
  • Knowledge of current O.T. practice models related to the determination of occupational issues and functional performance.
  • Skill and competencies to quickly establish supportive, trusting relationships with the target population.
  • Ability to develop new program components and evaluate programs to modify existing services in collaboration with team partners.
  • Training in BLS required.
  • Evidence of good work and attendance record
  • Demonstrated commitment to Homewood’s Core Competencies as listed below
  • Commitment to working within Homewood’s Health & Safety Standards
  • Why work for us

    We are driven by our values and are passionate about improving lives. We offer a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package and professional development opportunities.

    Our remarkable organizational culture also makes for an exceptional workplace environment. Join us and work along-side highly motivated people who are collaborative and focused on delivering seamless services and programs to our clients and customers.

    In accordance with the various provincial legislations that we operate under, Homewood Health is committed to working in collaboration with any team member who may require workplace accommodation in order to successfully perform any or all aspects of their role.

    Join Homewood Health and be part of an exceptional team that is helping Canadians live healthier, more productive and fulfilling lives.

    We thank all applicants for their interest : however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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