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Occupational Therapist – Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services


Help forensic patients with complex mental health illnesses, who may have co-occurring addictions and medical conditions, achieve and maintain optimal health.


  • Conduct functional assessments, identify skill strengths and deficits, consult with the interdisciplinary treatment team members, and recommend treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Use evidence-based client and family-centered psychosocial rehabilitation and/or recovery model principles
  • Report to the Professional Practice Leader, Occupational Therapy & Vocational Rehabilitation and be an active a member of Rehabilitation Services team.
  • Promote self-care, productivity and constructive use of leisure time by assessing needs, planning, implementing and evaluating treatment.
  • Document information including clinical data, assessments, treatment plans, progress reports and outcomes.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary groups and/or teams, providing clinical input and suggestions related to the management of the referred client/patient or group of clients/patients to ensure high quality care.
  • Assist clients and families in obtaining needed equipment.
  • Establish and maintain supportive, collaborative and therapeutic relationships.



You have:

  • Graduated from a recognized university with an approved program in Occupational Therapy.
  • Two (2) years’ recent, related experience working in a psychiatric setting with individuals who have complex mental health and addictions issues or equivalent.
  • Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of BC (COTBC).
  • The eligibility for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) of the BC Society of Occupational Therapists (BCSOT).
  • A class 5 driver’s license.
  • Skill in the use of equipment, and in the techniques appropriate to occupational therapy treatment.
  • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.


You know:

  • The principles of mental illness recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation methodology.
  • The Mental Health Act and the Criminal Code of Canada as it applies to the rights and obligations of forensic psychiatric clients and staff.
  • Community, social and mental health resources.


You have broad knowledge of:

  • Therapy theory and clinical practice in a client and family centred model of care.
  • Other health care disciplines and their role in client care.


You can:

  • Identify emotional, social, or environmental barriers and intervene to eliminate stigma.
  • Effectively manage conflict situations and aggressive behaviour and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing with clients, families, team members, other groups and community agency personnel.


You have demonstrated abilities to:

  • Teach and empower clients to assume control over their health.
  • Instruct and supervise students in related health professions
  • Establish workload priorities in collaboration with others in a complex health care environment.
  • Recognize when referral to another health care professional is required.
  • Lead, direct work and provide effective consultation.
  • Teach, demonstrate and coach clients and co-workers both one-on-one and in groups. 



If this sounds like you, apply now! 



About Us



BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS provides tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across BC. BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA.) PHSA provides specialized health services to British Columbians, including cancer care, organ transplantation, pediatrics, emergency services, mental health and substance use services. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:



We hire on the basis of merit and encourage all qualified applicants to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where everyone can come to work and be their best, authentic self.


  • 84440
  • Regular, Full-Time
  • Wage: $33.83 to $42.19 per hour
  • Monday to Friday, 0800-1600
  • 70 Colony Farm Road, Port Coquitlam BC V3C 5X9
Labor AgreementHealth Science Professionals
Requisition #84440-2326325
Work SiteFPH
Job TypeRegular, Full-Time
Salary/Rate$33.83 - $42.19 / Hour
Hours of Work0800-1600
Work DaysMonday to Friday
Expiry Date20-Dec-2019

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