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Bonnie Blakley
by CASA Human Resources
Published: January 6, 2023 (3 weeks ago)
Location
Edmonton, AB

Mental Health Therapist – Classroom Team – CASA Classrooms
Competition #22-124

About the Role
CASA provides assessment and treatment services for up to 4,000 children, adolescents and their families in Alberta each year 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.

Job Description
In partnership with the Government of Alberta and several school boards, CASA is undertaking our most ambitious project yet: CASA Classrooms.

We recognize that mental health supports should be provided where they are needed by children and adolescents. That includes providing holistic, culturally safe wrap-around mental health services in their trusted school spaces. This project will bridge academic and mental health initiatives in several schools through the coordinated efforts of a classroom teacher, mental health therapist, 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 imbed opportunities to use and practice mental health promoting skills and strategies.

Children and adolescents (grades 4-12) 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 take into account the whole 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.
  • Participates 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 plans.
  • Lead daily debriefs with team, participates in weekly case conferences and collaboratively builds and supports transition planning.
  • Co-facilitate parent support groups and multi-family therapy groups that are psycho-education 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.

 

Job Details
Union: HSAA
Classification: Mental Health Therapist
FTE: 0.90
Status: Permanent
Locations:
J.A. Fife (Elementary Program) – Edmonton Public School Board
Centre for Diverse Learning – St. Gabriel (Junior High Program) – Edmonton Catholic School Division
Sturgeon Composite High School (High School Program) – Sturgeon Public Schools
Gibbons School – Sturgeon Public Schools
Multi-Site: No
Minimum Salary: $42.00
Maximum Salary: $53.90
Hours per Shift: 7.25
Shifts per Week: Monday to Friday
Days Off: Saturday and Sunday

Qualifications

  • Candidates will possess:
    – A graduate degree in Clinical Psychology, Social Work (with psychosocial intervention designation), Occupational Therapy or Nursing;
    – Active Registration with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP).
  • Candidates that possess the following will also be considered:
    – A graduate degree with a major in psychology or a graduate degree with content substantially equivalent to a graduate degree with a major in psychology;
    – Provisional Psychologist status with CAP.
    – Provisional Psychologists will have the opportunity to complete their supervision plan for CAP with the support of their designated clinical supervisor at CASA.
  • Minimum of two years 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.

Closing Date: February 3, 2023

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