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Mental Health Clinician, Mount Sinai Hospital

Non-union Job Posting # AH8574
Positions Available: 1
Department: Psychiatry
Employment Type: Regular Full--time
Salary: To Be Determined
Hours of Work (Subject to Change): 8 hour day shift, Monday to Friday
Employee Group: Non-union
Reports to: Program Manager of Wellness Centre/ Department of Psychiatry

Description

Wellness Centre - a Mount Sinai Hospital community mental health program
This position is expected to perform frequent clinical outreach, in addition to office-based clinical services to Chinese seniors and older adults who are either living in the community or in institutions. The successful candidate will conduct mental health, cognitive and psychosocial assessment, collect information on medical history, medications used and general health information, determine patients' daily functioning capacity during intake, then will present the results of assessment at clinical rounds of the Wellness team, in which the team psychiatrist is the consultant, arranged patients to attend psychiatric consultations with the team psychiatrist, and will subsequently implement, based upon treatment plan recommended at clinical rounds the treatment or intervention, including but not limiting to, psycho-education, caregiver support, medication management, care coordination, psychotherapy, supportive counselling, and clinical activities licensed by the respective professional College. The position is also required to engage in community liaison and program development, deliver community mental health education and training, and offer clinical and cultural consultation to other front-line social or senior service staff, in order to effectively address urgent psychogeriatric needs of and to advance the quality of mental health care to the target community.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provides clinical outreach to clients and/or caregivers who are in need of psychogeriatic services particularly for those who are socially isolated and/or have problems to travel outside home
  • Works in conjunction with families, caregivers and community partners, to early identify clients/patients in the community who are having a psychogeriatric problem, so that timely assessment and intervention become possible
  • Provides assessment, treatment, continuous illness management, medication monitoring as well as caregiver support and training, either at the clinic or at patients/clients' home, to enhance the feasibility and length that the patients/clients could be cared at their home in the community
  • Explores and develops new program initiatives with community partners and collaborators, including clinical and cultural consultation, to increase the overall capacity to reach out to and support clients/patients and families who are facing a psychogeriatric issue.
  • Involves a lot of in-city traveling and off-site visits

General Responsibilities

  • Performs initial screening of clients, obtains client consent, conducts preliminary assessment interviews, and reviews clients' psychosocial situation and history.
  • Identifies and counsels individuals at risk for developing serious mental illness.
  • Provides clinical outreach to clients and families who face challenges or difficulties to get out of home to receive needed psychogeriatric care or services
  • Participates in treatment planning, its implementation and outcome evaluation.
  • Participates in research and academic activities which benefit the service delivery and program development. Supervises placement students related to own profession.
  • Offers individual counselling, group and family therapy as part of the clinical intervention.
  • Provides support/training to families in handling/resolving issues related to patients' needs.
  • Consults psychiatrist and program manager in assessment, treatment and case management when necessary.
  • Communicates with physicians, referring agencies, families, community organizations with regards to clients' situations or case planning.
  • Offers clinical consultation and education to front-line staff of social and seniors service agencies who require specialized support in addressing and handling psychogeriatric issues
  • Refers clients to MSH joint programs, community partners, government departments, and self help groups and supports them in their treatment.
  • Organizes and coordinates health/mental health education and wellness programs.
  • Provides field education to practicum students of related discipline when assigned.
  • Liaises with community partners and outside agencies to explore service collaboration and identify service needs.

Qualifications:

  • Nursing, OT, clinical psychology or social work (but preference will be given to candidates who are Registered Nurses).
  • Master level of education is an asset
  • Eligibility for provincial licensure with the respective professional College.

Additional Qualifications:

Language Competent in both English and Chinese and should be able to verbally communicate with clients in both Cantonese and Mandarin. Ability to speak other Chinese dialects (e.g. Toishan, Hakka, etc) will be an asset

Expertise

  • Significant experience in mental health, especially senior's mental health
  • Knowledge and skills in performing psychogeriatric assessment and care
  • Ability to provide culturally-competent care
  • With a valid driver license
  • Experience in community development and community care
  • Knowledge and/or experience in conducting community-based research an asset
  • Demonstrate satisfactory work performance and attendance record required.

Interested applicants please apply online at http://www.mountsinai.on.ca/careers
All employees will follow safe work practices and comply with the roles and responsibilities that are outlined with respect to health and safety policies, procedures and training at Mount Sinai Hospital. In accordance with Hospital policy and legislated health and safety requirements, employment is conditional upon the completion of a health review.

All internal applicants will be given preference. Mount Sinai Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer