Mental Health Consultant

Job Details: In-Scope, 0.8 FTE

Open Positions: 2

Job ID: 22-009

 

About CASA

CASA is a major non-profit community-based provider of mental health services for children, adolescents and their families within greater Edmonton and from Central and Northern Alberta. Since 1988, CASA has provided assessment and treatment services for up to 4,000 children and adolescents from birth to age 18 each year through a continuum ranging from consultation in community outreach settings to intensive treatment programs.

 

Job Purpose

Reporting to the clinical director and supervised by the program coordinator of Professional Development & Education Services (PD&E), the mental health consultant works collaboratively within an inter-professional team to provide coaching, mentoring, education and consultation for children's mental health professionals at CASA and across Northern and Rural Alberta. The mental health consultant practices according to the code of ethics and practice standards of their specific discipline and supports scopes of practice and codes of ethics of other disciplines on the team and/or accessing services.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical Development Services

  • Using a consultative model, provides advanced advice/input, treatment direction or alternate perspectives to professional colleagues, upon request, regarding assessment, diagnosis, treatment plans, discharge planning and potential referrals.

  • Acts as a resource to team members and regional service providers on issues related to specific areas of expertise.

  • Supports the development of children’s mental health knowledge and skills by coaching individual performance in the delivery of mental health supports and services to children and families. Coaching provides an opportunity for professional development in areas of clinical interest, either individually or in a group setting.

  • Supports the development of children’s mental health knowledge and skill by mentoring new children’s mental health therapists. Mentoring includes both consultations that occur within the context of the mentoring relationship, as well as the completion of five modules focused on various knowledge areas essential to providing mental health services to children and youth. Coaching and mentoring activities may include:

    • Joint assessments;

    • Co-therapy in individual, group or family sessions;

    • Observing practice and providing non-evaluative, non-supervisory feedback;

    • Reviewing taped therapy sessions;

    • Assisting clinician in completing self-assessment of learning needs and support the learner in developing a learning plan.
       

Provide Education and Training

  • Creates education and training materials for learning events, through working collaboratively with the other consultant team members;

  • Provides content expertise in the development of education and training materials, when asked and appropriate;

  • Educates staff and external service providers about clinical practices and developments in the field relevant to the specific discipline;

  • Collaborates with internal and external managers or supervisors to coordinate learning needs, establish learning goals and plan training events;

  • Delivers education and training events, both virtually and in-person;

  • Develops and maintain professional rapport and relationships with colleagues in the community/region as it relates to ongoing consultation, mentoring and coaching work with children and mental health issues;

  • Provides preceptorship to CASA students and interns as assigned.
     

Program Planning and Development

  • Identifies service delivery improvements and suggests enhancements with the lens of evidence-informed practice and CASA strategic and operational plans;

  • Regularly works with the team, program coordinator and director to gather information and implement any required improvements to clinical processes.
     

Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in Psychology or Social Work (psycho-social intervention designation is required), Occupational Therapy or Nursing.

  • A minimum of 10 years of direct clinical practice in child and family mental health and/or youth addictions.

  • Demonstrated superior competence in children’s mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

  • Must be a member in good standing with their respective professional association/college.

  • Demonstrated leadership ability, with excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Enhanced skills in knowledge translation and education, program design and evaluation is desirable.

  • Demonstrated analytic and problem-solving ability.

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and build consensus.

  • Ability to work independently and within a team to achieve objectives.

  • Current and clear Vulnerable Sector and Criminal Records Check is required.

  • This position requires a fair amount of travel. Overnight travel (usually limited to one or two nights away) is a regular, though not frequent occurrence. 

  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

  • Double vaccination status for Covid-19

 

Please apply by sending your resume to employment@casaservices.org. We appreciate all interest, however only applicants selected to proceed in the recruitment process will be contacted.