Mental Health Therapist – Registered Psychologist

About The Lakeland Region

About The City of Cold Lake

Cold Lake is in northeastern Alberta and is named after nearby Cold Lake. Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake is situated within the city’s outer limits.

Cold Lake was first recorded on a 1790 map, by the name of Coldwater Lake. Originally three communities, the City of Cold Lake was formed by merging the Town of Grand Centre, the Town of Cold Lake, and Medley (Canadian Forces Base 4 Wing) on October 1, 1996. Grand Centre was renamed Cold Lake South, and the original Cold Lake is known as Cold Lake North. Because of its origins, the area is also known as the Tri-Town. The City of Cold Lake has a population of approximately 16,000 people.

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About The Town of Bonnyville

Bonnyville is a town in east-central Alberta, Canada between the City of Cold Lake and Town of St. Paul, and is located on the north shore of Jessie Lake. The Town of Bonnyville has a population of approximately 6,500.

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About The Lakeland Region

The Lakeland region of Northern Alberta is approximately 3 hours northeast of Edmonton, north of the North Saskatchewan River and at the southern edge of the great boreal forest. The area, famous among Albertans for its many healthy lakes, includes the communities of Elk Point, Lac La Biche, Smoky Lake, and St. Paul, among others.

About The Bonnyville PCN

The Bonnyville PCN’s goal is to provide practical healthcare solutions by giving you access to the medical services you need without the complication of visiting many hospitals or clinics.

FTE: 1.0 FTE
Status: Temporary Hours per Week: Variable
Hours per Shift: Variable Reference ID: MHT20231007
Primary Location: Bonnyville, Cold Lake, and Lac La Biche – Lakeland
Position Summary

The Bonnyville Primary Care Network and Northern Lights Public Schools is currently seeking a Mental Health Therapist (MHT) for the communities of Bonnyville, Cold Lake and Lac La Biche area all located in Northern Alberta. The Mental Health Therapist will work as part of a mobile team under a Collaborative Care Model. The incumbent will work as a member of the multidisciplinary team providing evidence informed and best practices in assessment, treatment, support and follow-up to child, youth, and young adult populations. This is an advanced mental health role required to perform the restricted activity of Psychosocial Interventions to address a range of mental health issues.

This is a 1.0 FTE temporary position. Hours may vary to accommodate clinics and/or physician offices and/or students. Evenings and weekends may be required.

What you will do...
  • Work to full scope of practice providing comprehensive care to child, youth, and young adult populations
  • Provide psychosocial interventions specific to mental health and/or addictions to individuals using various therapeutic approaches
  • Collaborate with outside agencies to provide the most effective care for students
  • Compose progress reports for care team members (i.e. physician, school team, social worker, family, student, mental health navigator)
  • Collaborate with the student/youth, and care team to develop and implement care plans
  • Provide appropriate mental health and/or counselling services focused on evidence-based practice standards
  • Intake screening and preliminary assessment including referrals, provisional diagnoses, consultation, and liaising with PCN providers, family physicians, community partners and psychiatry as needed.
  • Utilize clinical tools to assess and measure student progress
  • Establish treatment goals, priorities and plans
  • Communicate with physicians and other school and healthcare professionals regarding patients’ needs and progress
  • Measure clients’ progress regularly and adjust treatment accordingly
  • Lead student education programs (e.g., depression or anxiety groups).
  • Participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning and student conferences by providing the clinical team with current information regarding professional clinical observations
  • Provide a seamless transition to AHS Addictions and Mental Health if required
  • Assist with program development and implementation aligning with best practices
  • Ensure the maintenance of accurate records in line with practice policy
  • Assist in developing and implementing patient self-management programs
  • Ensure continuity of service/care by liaising and collaborating with other providers and referring students to appropriate programs, services and agencies
  • Participates in program development and quality improvement activities
  • Maintain professional requirements and ongoing active participation in professional development
  • Maintain current knowledge and skills in clinical practice
  • Offer training support to other team members and assist in their professional development
  • Act as a resource to PCN and NLPS staff
What you need to succeed...
  • Master’s Degree in Psychology or Bachelors Degree in Social Work (with Psychosocial Intervention Authorization). Master’s in Social Work preferred. Other specialties would be considered, including specific registered counseling designations
  • Must have a minimum of 2-4 years recent clinical experience with child, youth, and adult populations
  • Must have excellent assessment skills
  • Must have formal clinical training and knowledge in child, youth, and adult mental health. CBT and Solution-Focused Therapy training considered an asset
  • Experience working with Child and Family Services, Health Partnership Initiatives, and school programs would be an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in the assessment and treatment of children, youth, and adults with mental health and/or addictions concerns/diagnoses is required
  • Must have effective interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work well with a range of community stakeholders and service providers
  • Certifications in: Applied Suicide Intervention, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention would be an asset
  • Must be registered with or eligible to be registered with specific regulatory body
  • Proof of a clean criminal record check with vulnerable sector is required
  • Completion of reference checks
  • Current Registration with relevant licensing body (submitted annually)
Application Instructions

Please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence to The Bonnyville PCN:

Bonnyville PCN Administration

Include the Reference ID in the subject line of your email.

The Bonnyville PCN and Northern Lights School thanks you for your interest in this position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Bonnyville PCN is an equal opportunity employer. The Bonnyville PCN welcomes applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds.

This position will remain posted until filled.