Occupational Therapist- Hope Terrace, Permanent Supportive Housing

Full Time • Hope Terrace FASD


Currently, Bissell Centre is looking for the right individual to fill the position of Occupational Therapist within Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Permanent Supportive Housing (FASD-PSH) Hope Terrace (FT).

The Occupational Therapist within the FASD-PSH also known as Hope Terrace provides services to permanently housed individuals in an intensive, client centered, harm reduction and solution focused manner. Hope Terrace exists to support individuals that are diagnosed with FASD and who have a history of housing instability find and maintain housing that is appropriate. Hope Terrace operates within the Housing First philosophy. The FASD-PSH

Occupational Therapist supports skill development that enables participants to engage in activities of daily living, employment, and any additional areas that aim to increase home stability, reduce isolation and increase meaningful daily activity.

Specific responsibilities of the position include:

  • Program Delivery
    Administer assessments on all residents, as appropriate. Including the Executive Function Performance Test (EFPT) Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile
  • Oversee the implementation and maintenance of the Daily Living Skills boot camp with all residents, as appropriate
  • Assist Personal Support Worker’s (PSW) in establishing and meeting meaningful goals with the residents within the home and community setting
  • Collaborate in the development of methods that address emotional regulation, and that promote adaptive social and life skills
  • Provide DBT
  • Provide personalized and on-going professional development/coaching to PSWs around brain function which includes emotional regulation, sensory disorders, mental illness and the like, as appropriate
    General and Administrative
  • Maintain accurate written case file notes, computer records, update program databases (ETO), program information, and Critical Incident reports within established time standards
  • Provide latest program information and updated statistics as required
  • Developing, and monitoring systems to track progress towards goals with the residents and the PSW support team
  • Maintain and submit accurate mileage and expense logs for reimbursement
  • Participate in probationary and annual performance reviews
  • Attend scheduled staff and supervision meetings
  • Complete WCB forms as required
  • Perform other duties as required

Education and Experience

  • Minimum university degree in Occupational Therapy. Masters Preferred.
  • Training and experience in providing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Familiarity with Skills System is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the history and culture of Indigenous peoples
  • 3 years experience working with high risk populations which includes, but is not limited to, understanding of poverty, homelessness, addictions, FASD and mental health concerns
  • Community based experience is considered an asset

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong ability to build relationships
  • Knowledge of harm reduction, and trauma-informed care
  • Motivated self starter with strong written communication, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Results oriented individual with good time management who possesses strong organizational, problem-solving and advocacy skills
  • Ability to provide individual and group support services as well as workshop development and facilitation
  • The ability to support people and/or coordinate support in a variety of diverse settings
  • Experience with case management software is a considerable asset
  • Proven ability to take initiative and to develop own systems

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted

Bissell Centre is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to diversity within our community and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability. Bissell Centre is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees, in accordance with provincially and federally legislated protected grounds.

Application Deadline: January 31st, 2021

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