Full Time
Ontario, Sudbury
Posted 2 years ago


Reporting to the Director of Services, the Psychologist will provide psychological assessment and consultation services to clients (and their families) residing in the Agency’s catchment area as well as direct clinical supervision to the Family Services Clinicians within the Children’s Mental Health Services department. The Psychologist will work in collaboration with other members of the Agency’s Prevention and Protection Services, including the Physician, and will be a key component of the clients’ circle of care.


Assessment and Consultation: Provides assessment and consultation services to clients via referral process associated with the Children’s Mental Health Services department, including children, youth, emerging adult and adult client populations.

 Evaluates, diagnoses and assess the functioning of individuals in relation to mental disorders, substance use and abuse, wellness and mental health

 Provides consultation and support to clients and staff of the Children’s Mental Health Services department

 Provides recommendations and treatment planning direction associated to client/family wellness

 Provides follow-up and treatment support to clients of the Children’s Mental Health Services department Clinical Supervision Direct supervision of the Family Services Clinicians by providing leadership, guidance, coaching, mentoring, support and regular evaluation.

 Provide regular ongoing clinical supervision to the Family Services Clinicians

 Regularly review caseloads and provide clinical direction to the Family Services Clinicians  Ensure provision of services and case management practices appropriately incorporate the enhancement and development of positive cultural identities of the children, adults, families and communities served

 Consistently adhere to Agency vision, mission, best practice standards, policies and procedures to promote effective casework practices  Develop open and effective communication strategies to promote collaboration and effective conflict resolution skills to resolve individual and team performance problems

 Ensure information is communicated to team in a clear, precise and understandable manner

 Translate relevant legislation into language understood by team, children, adults and families served, and First Nation communities Program Support:  Works collaboratively with other team members to support the needs of clients

 Consults with Physician and makes appropriate referrals for Physician services as indicated by client needs

 Assist in the development of treatment plans, identifying therapeutic support and community resources to be leveraged to support mental wellness outcomes

 Ensure interventions are consistent with cultural teachings and are appropriate in addressing behaviours and symptoms related to various mental health and substance use concerns and diagnoses

 Ensure a Circle of Care approach is used in case planning to promote mental wellness outcomes with the contributions of the client’s support network including family, caregivers, school, daycare, medical team and other community supports

 Advocate and/or liaisons with Agency staff/on-reserve Service Teams as well as medical, educational and social services in the community to promote and support the client’s mental wellness needs Psychologist

 Liaises with other members of the Agency/On-Reserve family service delivery and/or health services team to ensure client’s needs are being addressed in accordance with the treatment plan

 Ensures any child welfare issues are documented and referred to the Agency’s child welfare team for follow up

 Provides quantifiable data including number of client’s served, number of direct therapeutic service hours, number of case planning meetings, number of meetings with family members, agencies and other resources on a monthly basis

 Monitors outcomes and provides a quarterly progress report using the appropriate Agency assessment tool(s)  Participates in the training curriculum provided through the Agency

 Provides in-service training to Prevention and Protection teams

 Recommends and advocates for appropriate internal and external referrals to meet the needs of clients and families serviced

 Participate in regular Team Meetings and Team Supervision meetings to support, provide service planning recommendations during case reviews Human Resources: Provide guidance, direction and support to team.

 Provide leadership, guidance, support, supervision and direction to team and ensure understanding of and alignment with organizational values, goals and priorities

 Establish and sustain a work environment that promotes and rewards optimal performance, an ongoing commitment to excellence and the adoption of strength-based cultural practices

 Support a culture of learning and professional development, and ensure leadership development opportunities exist for staff

 Ensure adherence to organizational policies, procedures, practices and standards

 Participate in recruitment of staff including assisting with screening, interviews, job descriptions and interview questions

 Contribute to orientation of new staff

 Recommend human resources required for the department Administration and Reporting: Complete administrative functions and reports and adhere to Agency policies, procedures and relevant practices.

 Ensure confidentiality and safekeeping of all Agency documents and records

 Develop and maintain accurate, up-to-date and concise work files

 Prepare and deliver reports

 Work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and any other relevant legislation

 Prepare and submit monthly reports, attendance records and travel expense claims

 Follow the Agency’s human resources, finance and other policies and procedures in the performance of duties

Other Duties:

 Participate in internal or external committees as required or assigned

 Other duties as required and assigned QUALIFICATIONS Minimum Education

 Registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a Psychologist or as a Psychological Associate Minimum Experience

 Five (5) years’ direct experience working with adults and families

 Experience in a clinical environment providing Adult and Family Mental Health services Psychologist

 Experience working with Aboriginal people, organizations and communities Knowledge Requirements

 Knowledge of Nogdawindamin programs and services

 Respect for, sensitivity towards as well as knowledge and understanding of Anishnawbek culture, traditions and the Seven Grandfather Teachings

 Knowledge of relevant legislative framework and polices reflecting current child welfare practice and delivery of mental health services  Understanding of and ability to translate relevant legislation into Agency language, policies and procedures

 Understanding of evidence informed/evidence based practices for promoting trauma, attachment, resilience and wellness-based mental health program services to adults and their families

 Knowledge of First Nation service delivery, customs and traditions in responding to child welfare concerns

 Knowledge of external service and service agencies

Special Skills

 Strong assessment and evaluative skills relating to mental health disorders of children and adults

 Strong leadership and management skills

 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

 Demonstrated excellence in conflict resolution, mediation, and problem solving  Strong organizational and administrative skills

 High level of initiative and self-direction  Excellent time management skills

 Excellent computer skills

 Strong professional ethics

 Proven ability to work with First Nation communities and people

 Ability to facilitate strong inter-departmental relationships

 Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and to develop strong, effective teams

 Demonstrated ability to lead and coach others utilizing a collaborative and strengths-based approach

 Ability to manage multiple priorities, projects or programs

 Ability to take initiative and work independently

 Ability to work within a team environment

 Ability to meet deadlines and work flexible hours

 Ability to work with confidential and sensitive information

 Ability to understand and speak Anishnaabemowin is a definite asset Other Requirements

 Must provide a clear Police Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Check  Must have a Class ‘G’ Ontario Driver’s License, access to a vehicle and the ability to travel

 Must have $1M automobile insurance coverage


WORK SITE LOCATION The position(s) will be based out of the satellite offices between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT While performing the duties of this job, the Psychologist will typically be in a home or office setting with regular meetings with adults, families and other professionals. The Psychologist is frequently required to operate a computer, file and retrieve written documents, and work overtime when required or during emergency situations. The physical demands include but are not limited to, standing, sitting, walking, lifting, carrying, reaching, handling, kneeling, crouching and bending. The Psychologist will be required to travel to meetings in the province of Ontario.

The Psychologist must be able to multi-task within a fast-paced, high-volume and demanding environment. The Psychologist absorbs and interprets information from multiple parties on a regular basis and is required to listen and Psychologist – Job Description – Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services Page 4 reconcile multiple points of view, which can be mentally challenging. As a result, this position is more emotionally challenging than physically challenging. There will be extended periods of sitting required when performing administrative tasks and while attending meetings. Non-physical demands include a work environment where the noise level is usually quiet to moderate, but may be loud on occasion. The nature of the position may expose the Family Services Clinician to moderate levels of tension when dealing with issues. The level of tension is usually moderate, with high levels of tension occurring occasionally. The Psychologist may be exposed to potentially hazardous environments including driving conditions and volatile situations during home visits.


Computer, photocopier, telephone, fax machine and cell phone


The position is not required to supervise any employees.


Internal The position requires interaction with the Executive Director, Director of Services, Physician, Children’s Mental Health Services Manager, Senior Managers, Protection and Resource Managers, Team Supervisors, Child and Youth/Family Services Clinicians, Cultural Services Department, Administrative Assistant and other staff. External The Psychologist will interact with First Nation communities, and other service related agencies

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