Art Therapist OMHS

Full Time
Sioux Lookout ON
3 days
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Job Summary:

Nodin Mental Health Services is a department of Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority.  It is a resource available to First Nations children, youth, adults, and families from 33 remote northern communities served by SLFNHA.  Nodin Mental Health Service has several services:  intake, counsellors travelling to communities, a crisis response program, community-based children’s mental health and addiction workers, on-call, traditional healing, youth school counsellors, an outpatient mental health service based in Sioux Lookout.  Nodin also has counsellors who are part of a mobile outreach team with several other partners to help the most vulnerable population in Sioux Lookout.

The Art Therapist is a member of the OMHS multi-disciplinary team. This team provides intensive brief counselling, crisis intervention and safety planning with children, youth and adults demonstrating very ‘high risk’ behaviours, serious emotional/ behavioural disorders and trauma symptoms that cannot be responded to at the community level. This Art Therapist is responsible for providing art based and play therapies in individual, family and group sessions.  This position is primarily based in Sioux Lookout, however at times the therapist will be expected to work in First Nation communities served by SLFNHA. 

Salary Range $69,093 to $88,26 per annum

Who can apply: Persons of First Nations ancestry will be given preference (s.16 (1)CHRA)

Applicants must possess:

  • Minimum level of education is the completion of a Diploma in Art Therapy or Expressive Art Therapy AND the completion of qualifying post-secondary education such as a diploma in a mental health related field
  • Undergraduate degree in mental health field is an asset
  • Registration with a College recognized by the Psychotherapy Act or ability to become registered within a year of commencing employment
  • Minimum six months to a year of direct clinical experience
  • Proof of creative experience through submission of a portfolio of 5-10 personal or work related art images is a requirement
  • Proficiencies in assessment and evidence-based psychotherapy for working with children, youth, adults, and families
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team in the planning and treatment aspects of client care
  • Excellent empathic/interpersonal skills necessary to build therapeutic relationships
  • Experience formulating appropriate art-based interventions for a wide range of mental health issues that promote healing, growth and change
  • Specific training and experience using a trauma informed approach to care
  • Capacity to provide support that promotes mental wellness, child growth and development, healthy parent-child relations and positive child-school dynamics
  • Highly skilled at providing family therapy and engaging caregivers in treatment
  • Flexibility, problem solving skills, creativity, and organizational/time management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and computer literacy required
  • Knowledge of First Nations people, history, culture, health priorities and social issues impacting mental health
  • Strong public speaking skills with experience designing and delivering educational and therapeutic groups
  • Working knowledge of the Child and Family Services Act, Mental Health Act and Serious Occurrence Reporting
  • 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 requiring a valid Driver’s License
  • Must be willing to relocate and live in Sioux Lookout
  • Ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout region is an asset.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work with children, youth and their families in group settings or individually
  • Use a multimodal of creative processes and psychotherapy to help clients explore personal issues, express thoughts and feelings, and to resolve difficult psychological problems
  • Creative and innovative in developing and implementing arts based therapy (i.e. painting, drawing, sculpting, movement, drama, music, writing) which are culturally appropriate and meet the needs of First Nations
  • Help clients to develop appropriate coping skills that facilitate recovery from mental health issues and trauma
  • Maintain clinical client records by documenting all client contacts, treatment plans and progress in a timely/accurate manner
  • Create and share reports (as appropriate) to summarize issues, assessment findings, interventions and treatment recommendations
  • Ensure clients prior to discharge are referred to other supports/services as deemed necessary and coordinate care with other health service providers
  • Comply with all clinical, legal and ethical practices
  • Produce statistics and prepare reports for management as requested
  • Participate in the development of the Outpatient Mental Health Service
  • Develop educational or training programs and deliver to interested groups to improve knowledge, build capacity and strengthen client care
  • Attend individual supervision meetings and performance evaluations with the Outpatient Clinical Supervisor
  • Attend regular meetings with Outpatient Mental Health Service team for planning and consultation
  • Liaise with First Nations communities, hospitals, community based services, other specialists and other organizations for the purpose of developing strong partnerships and continuity of care
  • Work in collaboration with all of the other staff who work in different areas of Nodin MHS and SLFNHA
  • Communicate summary of treatment, recommendations and plan to relevant providers to ensure there is integration of services, a smooth transition and continuity of care
  • Maintain timely, detailed and accurate records in electronic client management system
  • Perform other related duties as required

As per policy, applicants should note that COVID-19 Immunization is a condition of employment within SLFNHA.

Closing Date: Open to Filled

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