Occupational Therapist I - COMPASS Team

Occupational Therapist
Alberta Health Services
ALB00072351 Requisition #
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As an integral part of the Community Support Team, the Occupational Therapist will provide mental health assessment and consultation to referred individuals. This team is part of an initiative developed to support individuals with a developmental disability and co-occurring mental illness. Primary roles for the team will include assessment, consultation and recommendations re: care/treatment planning, capacity building and education, responding to emerging issues; and assisting with community integration. Essential to the skill-set of this position is an understanding of how behavior is manifested as a result of mental illness, developmental disability or other environmental factors. The Occupational Therapist I - COMPASS Team will provide a holistic perspective of individuals' health, wellbeing and level of functioning. Interventions will be based on presentation and living situation and may include urgent response, ongoing support or short term consultation. The OT will work with referred individuals, family and, and staff from other involved agencies. The OT will play a key role in assessing function using standardized tools and making recommendations for interpersonal, intrapersonal and/or environmental adaptations which will promote independence and quality of life. The OT will also be responsible for overseeing the implementation of recommendations, which involves teaching and communication with other team members, family, the individual and those involved with day-to-day living. Red Deer is a city in Central Alberta, Canada. It is located near the midpoint of the Calgary/Edmonton Corridor and is surrounded by Red Deer County. It is Alberta's third-most-populous city after Calgary and Edmonton. The city is located in aspen parkland, a region of rolling hills that is home to oil, grain, and cattle production.


As an Occupational Therapist I, you will be working both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team, responsible for enabling occupation through activities of assessment, treatment planning, intervention, consultation, education and follow-up, based on the patient's individualized goals, with outcomes focused on enabling the patient (client, resident) to perform meaningful daily occupations. You will provide clinical direction to therapy assistants, support personnel and students. You will review clinical referrals, accept, screen and assess client needs from an occupational therapy perspective in collaboration with other health disciplines. You will work in partnership with community agencies and providers as appropriate, to facilitate referrals and services to support care transitions in hospital and community settings. You will establish and maintain effective communication with colleagues, medical staff, and healthcare practitioners concerning documentation, treatment plans, progress and discharge. You will participate in client, family and caregiver education in collaboration with other disciplines, producing and maintaining clinical data, information, documentation and verbal reports to support the delivery of occupational therapy services, including charting.

  • Classification: Occupational Therapist I
  • Union: HSAA Facility PROF/TECH
  • Department: RedDeer Mental Assertive Outre
  • Primary Location: Red Deer Prov Bldg/Addic Srvs
  • Multi-Site: Not Applicable
  • FTE: 1.00
  • Posting End Date: 03-SEP-2019
  • Employee Class: Regular Full Time
  • Date Available: 16-SEP-2019
  • Hours per Shift: 7.75
  • Length of Shift in weeks: 2
  • Shifts per cycle: 10
  • Shift Pattern: Days
  • Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
  • Minimum Salary: $37.30
  • Maximum Salary: $49.65
  • Vehicle Requirement: Driver's License, Vehicle Required
Required Qualifications:

Completion of master's degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited university program or bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited university program and related experience. Active or eligible for registration and practice permit with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT).

Additional Required Qualifications:

Current Basic Cardiac Life Support - Healthcare Provider Level C (BCLS-HCP) is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Three years of recent experience working with a similar population, preferably in the community setting. Alberta Aids To Daily Living (AADL) authorizer is an asset. Ability to work both independently and as a member of an inter-professional team. Basic knowledge of and experience with behavioral assessment/intervention. Additional training in recovery care, cognitive disability model, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and/or behavior assessment/intervention are assets.

Please note:

All postings close at 23:59 of the posting end date indicated.


Alberta Health Services (AHS) is committed to ensuring the safety of staff and patients and requires all NEW employees to provide a satisfactory criminal record check (CRC) and/or Vulnerable Sector Search(VSS) prior to the start of their employment. The CRC/VSS must be specific to the role at AHS and must be dated no more than 90 days prior to the date on your written offer from AHS.

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