Clinical Psychologist, Outpatient Mental Health Service

Deadline: Mar 30th - 4:30pm
Location: Sioux Lookout, ONCommitment: Full Time

Nodin Child and Family Intervention (CFI) Services provides mental health counselling, support, and intervention services to First Nation children/youth and families from communities served by Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority. The majority of these 33 communities are remote, not road accessible and only reachable by air transportation. Nodin CFI has a number of services: counsellors travelling to First Nation communities to see clients, a crisis response program, community based counsellors, and an Outpatient Mental Health Service based in Sioux Lookout.
The Outpatient Mental Health Service (OMHS) provides intensive brief counselling, crisis intervention and safety planning to individuals demonstrating very “high risk” behaviours, serious emotional/behavioural disorders, and trauma symptoms that cannot be responded to at the community level. If meeting eligibility criteria, individuals travel from the communities for a short stay in Sioux Lookout to receive mental health support from a multi-disciplinary team (e.g. mental health counsellors, art therapist). The Clinical Psychologist is one on this team responsible for administration of psychological tests, assessment, diagnosis and treatment/prevention of mental disorders. The Clinical Psychologist also may have to travel to communities to provide psychology clinics.

The Clinical Psychologist will report to the Outpatient Mental Health Clinical Manager.


  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from a CPA/APA accredited graduate program
  • Registered and in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • Must have authorized area of practice in Clinical Psychology with authorized client populations of children, adolescents, adults and families
  • Specific training and experience working with trauma (e.g. using trauma informed treatment models/interventions and knowledge of the principles of recovery) and addictions
  • Demonstrated ability to assess complex cases systematically, organize information, identify key factors and underlying causes, diagnose, and formulate treatment protocols for a wide range of child/adolescent/adult mental health issues 
  • Demonstrated knowledge on how intellectual, psychological, emotional, behavioural problems; human developmental issues, sociocultural impacts, biological influences, cultural influences, family issues and intergenerational trauma cause poor mental health
  • Highly skilled at providing family therapy and engaging caregivers in treatment
  • Must be able to work well as part of an interdisciplinary team and with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective consultation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have the ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so clients will understand
  •  Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, computer and report writing skills
  • Proficiencies in assessment, evidence-based psychotherapy for working with children and youth (families)
  • Demonstrated understanding of and competency in serving culturally diverse populations; knowledgeable of First Nations’ people, history, culture, health priorities and social issues
  • Very competent in the design/delivery of presentations, with strong public speaking skills to provide capacity building opportunities to staff and communities
  • Ability to assist with program development and function effectively during periods of rapid change and transition
  •  Must be willing to travel using air transportation, and also have a valid Driver’s License
  • Must be willing to relocate and live in Sioux Lookout (or within a daily commuting distance)
  • Ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout region is an asset.



  • Perform initial intake interviews with all clients accessing the Outpatient service through completing psychological assessments to identify psychological, emotional, or behavioural issues
  • Arrive at a conceptualization or diagnose disorders using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials
  • Generate reports to include treatment recommendations using information gathered through intake interviews, file reviews, and through consultation with referral source/care providers and other service providers
  • Review assessment findings and recommendations with clients, and work in collaboration to define goals and treatment plans
  • Review the reports with the rest of the Outpatient team to help them understand the clients and formulate therapeutic processes to help prevent and relieve psychologically based experiences of distress
  • Help implement the treatment plans and provide individual, family, group psychotherapy as required
  • Regular case planning meetings with the Outpatient team and case conferencing as necessary with other external partners
  • Help victims of traumatic situations get the social, emotional, medical, and psychological assistance they need to recover from their traumatic experiences
  • Help children, youth and families to develop appropriate coping skills that facilitate recovery and the client’s ability to cope with future traumas
  • Assist families and other caregivers to understand the nature, treatment and prognosis of mental health conditions and discuss methods of management and coping
  •  Refer clients to other specialists, institutions, or support services as necessary
  • Maintain psychological and clinical client records as per Nodin’s documentation standards, and provides statistical information and completes reports for management as requested
  • To participate in service development and setting standards, criteria review, evaluation, and make recommendations for improvement for client care
  • Comply with all clinical, legal and ethical practices
  •  Develop educational or training programs or classes and deliver to Nodin CFI staff, other SLFNHA departments and First Nations communities to improve knowledge, build capacity and strengthen client care
  • Attend individual supervision meetings and performance reviews with the Outpatient Mental Health Service Manager
  •  Liaise with First Nations communities, local hospital, federal and provincial programs and services, community agencies, and other organizations for the purpose of developing strong partnerships and continuity of care
  • Supervise Psychology Interns as necessary
  • Work in collaboration with all staff who work in different services provided by Nodin CFI and with external partners involved in client care (e.g. doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, leadership and service providers in First Nations communities)
  • Other duties as required