Occupational Therapist | Bissell Centre

Occupational Therapist

Full Time • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Services

Our Organization

Through our vision of eliminating poverty in our community, and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual, our work is based on building relationships, hope and trust. By addressing multiple needs, Bissell Centre provides a holistic approach to helping families and individuals.

Job Summary

Bissell Centre is currently seeking a passionate and skilled Occupational Therapist.

The key function of this position is to work as a part of a multidisciplinary team to provide support to adults who are diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) to support home stability and goal achievement through a client centered approach. The Occupational Therapist will also provide guidance and support to enhance and develop programming that is inclusive to any interested participants. The Occupational Therapist will be based in-house but will also work and represent Bissell Centre out in the community. This position focuses on assessing participant’s executive function and assisting in the formulation of care plans. Through assessment and intervention, the Occupational Therapist will support skill development that enables participants to engage in activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, employment, and any additional areas that aim to increase home stability, reduce isolation and increase meaningful daily activity.

The Occupational Therapist is expected to have the ability to respond quickly to individuals in crisis. Due to the nature of the position, the OT will occasionally experience physical and/or verbal abuse from and between participants.

Position Responsibilities

  • Administer the Executive Function Performance Test (EFPT) on all residents, as appropriate
  • Oversee the implementation and maintenance of the Daily Living Skills boot camp with all residents
  • Assist Personal Support Workers (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
  • Educate PSW’s 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
  • 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

Position Qualifications

  • Minimum university degree in Occupational Therapy. Masters Preferred.
  • Knowledge of the history and culture of the 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
  • 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

Screening Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Valid Driver’s License, , proof of $1 million PLPD insurance, and Driver’s Abstract
  • Intervention Record Check
  • Current registration with professional college


Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for an 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.

The above outline is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Application Deadline: February 11th, 2019

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