• Temporary Full-Time Behaviour Therapist

    Job Location CA-ON-Kitchener
    Posted Date 8 months ago(11/12/2018 8:36 AM)
    Job ID
    Job Type
    Temporary full time
    Mental Health & Addictions
    Career Level
  • Job Description


    Temporary Full Time Behaviour Therapist
    Until approximately January 17, 2020


    30 hrs per week   - 7.5 Hour shifts
    Days with the possibility of some evening work



    Specialized Mental Health (SMH) opened in 2010 to provide specialized tertiary care to individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness in Waterloo & Wellington.  Patients present with complex needs including co-morbid disorders such as development delay, dementia, and substance abuse. 

    The behaviour therapist will establish behavioural support plans to improve quality of life for patients with behavioural concerns, including responsive behaviours associated with dementia.
    Using relevant assessment techniques and tools the behaviour therapist will develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the implementation and evaluation of behaviour support plans.  In addition to providing requisite education and training to SMH staff, the behaviour therapist will also work with families and community service providers to provide education on the purpose and implementation of behaviour plans.

    Reporting to the program director for specialized mental health, the behaviour therapist will work closely with the psychiatrist and psychologist, as well as the wider clinical team to develop behavioural support plans.
    The behaviour therapist will contribute to program development and evaluation activities as a member of the patient care development committee.



    • Successful completion of graduate education, minimum master’s level degree in either behaviour analysis, education or psychology from a qualifying institution, and certification in good standing as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, as well as three years of experience working in the scope of practice of applied behaviour analysis,
    • Knowledge of behavioural analysis techniques, crisis intervention and prevention, conflict resolution and problem-solving ability, demonstrated teaching skills, demonstrated ability to work well in a collaborative way with a multidisciplinary team,
    • Minimum 3 years’ experience in Applied Behavioural Analysis,
    • Experience working with persons with dementia, developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury, as well as severe and persistent mental illness,
    • Experience working with individual families and community agencies,
    • Must have a current, valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle. 
    • Knowledge and experience of motivational interviewing,
    • Must be able to work within a recovery and person-centred framework,
    • Ability to lead and facilitate groups, and to provide educational sessions for Mental Health & Addictions Program staff as well as other hospital staff,
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication (both written and verbal) skills,
    • Ability to defuse conflict and foster collaborative working relationships,
    • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Community Treatment Orders, Health Care Consent Act and any other relevant legislation preferred,
    • Demonstrated teaching skills & proven leadership ability,
    • Demonstrated ability to work well with a team,
    • Good attendance record.



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