Occupational Therapist – Housing First ACT Team

RainCity Housing is looking for an Occupational Therapist to join our Assertive Community Treatment team.

Position: Permanent part-time, 67.5 hours bi-weekly (0.9 FTE).

ACT is an evidence-based transdisciplinary mental health team that has a client-staff ratio of 10:1, with 80% of the work occurring in the community. Crisis support is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Program staff are closely involved in hospital admissions and discharges. The RainCity ACT team also provides housing opportunities for clients using a ‘housing first’ scattered site approach. Clients are offered immediate access to rent supplements so they have the opportunity to live in the same kinds of permanent independent apartments that are typically available to people without mental illness, and the rent supplements are provided without requiring participation in psychiatric or substance use treatment. Self-determination, choice and harm reduction are at the centre of all considerations with respect to the provision of housing and support services.

The Occupational Therapist (OT) applies Occupational Therapy concepts and practices to assess the client’s current functional status and develop a rehabilitation treatment plan. The OT works with clients, members of the ACT team and external service providers to ensure a unified, multidisciplinary approach to treatment. In collaboration with the Peer Specialist, co-leads the
ACT Team’s Wellness Management Recovery Program via developing and facilitating group sessions, providing 1:1 services and providing in-service and consultation support to ACT team Members.

The OT also performs Service Coordination duties for a group of approximately 10 ACT clients, maintaining oversight to ensure that client’s self identified goals for recovery and community integration are supported by appropriate services and practices, consistent with the values of self-determination/choice and harm reduction. Working in collaboration with the other members of the ACT team, the OT coordinates the provision of ACT services for clients served by the team members in their area of specialization. OT and support services are often provided in
non-traditional environments, such as the participant’s home, coffee shops, and community centres.  As ACT follows the Housing First model, supporting participants through evictions and moves is also a core component of the work, ensuring that learnings and skills from each
housing are not lost.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Two years of recent, related work experience with people living with a mental illness and/or substance use
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British
    Columbia (COTBC).
  • Eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) or
    the British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists (BCSOT).
  • Current first aid and CPR
  • Valid B.C. Driver’s License and an acceptable drivers abstract. Use of a personal vehicle is required.

We welcome applications from members of a visible minority, aboriginal persons, or people with lived experience of mental illness or addictions.

Compensation: Grade 2, $31.60-39.41 per hour, benefits as per the collective agreement

Apply: by March 1st, with cover letter and resume to ACT Clinical Coordinator, Chelsea Bromley at cbromley@raincityhousing.org

Start Date: as soon as possible.

Hours of work: This position requires the person to work a combination of day and evening shifts and to work a share of weekends. Some On-call work is required. Schedules are subject to change to meet operational requirements and client needs. This includes 30 minute unpaid meal break

Direct enquiries: contact ACT Clinical Coordinator, Chelsea Bromley at cbromley@raincityhousing.org or the ACT Team at 604-675-2390

RainCity Housing: see our web site at www.raincityhousing.org

 

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