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Alberta Health Services - Mental Health Therapist

Mental Health Therapist

Two (2) Positions Available. Temporary Full-Time, Benefits Included

City: Fort McMurray, AB

Posting End Date: 21-MAY-2018

Temporary Position End: 31-Mar-2021

Salary Range: $39.42 - $52.36


Your Opportunity:

We are looking for two experienced Mental Health Therapists to join our team here in Fort McMurray, as part of the Fort McMurray Strong Wellness Initiative. The Fort McMurray Strong Wellness Initiative includes programs and services to support the community in recovery from the 2016 wildfire. Provide a range of mental health services, including crisis intervention, assessment, and diagnostic and treatment services to people with mental health issues and concerns to a variety of patients, from children and youth to adults and seniors. If you have a passion for providing patient- and family-centered care and a desire to grow upon your current skills, knowledge, and abilities, this can be the opportunity for you. We have a position on our Indigenous Traveling Team, as well as our Community Mental Health Team.

Fort McMurray, within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, is a thriving community with lively social, arts, recreational and cultural opportunities. Located in the heart of Canada's boreal forest with lakes and rivers nearby, along with four provincial parks in the area, we offer a stunning landscape and the opportunity to view the northern lights. Fort McMurray is a family-forward city, offering work-life balance and great education to all ages. Within Fort McMurray, you'll discover a flourishing community with a range of clubs and associations, churches, and community service organizations.

In addition to a competitive rate of pay, AHS currently has a Fort McMurray Allowance in place to an annual maximum of $12,480. This allowance is non-pensionable and is payable on an hourly basis for all hours paid at the basic rate of pay.



As a Mental Health Therapist, you will be required to perform the restricted activity of psychosocial intervention utilizing a variety of treatment modalities (individual, family, group) to persons experiencing significant mental health difficulties. You will work both independently and as a member of a collaborative multidisciplinary team, providing evidence informed and best practices in crisis intervention, assessment, consultation, referral, case management and treatment. Your responsibilities will also include liaising, working in partnership with and providing consultation to community agencies, other professionals and physicians in the continuum of Addiction and Mental Health care.


Required Qualifications:

• Completion of one of the following accredited programs: o Master's degree in Psychology.

  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work with Psychosocial Intervention Authorization.
  • Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy including assessment and provision of psychotherapy.
  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing including the assessment and provision of psychotherapy.
  • Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing with advanced training in assessment and provision of psychotherapy.

• Active or eligible for registration with the applicable college.


Additional Qualifications:

• One year direct work with individuals experiencing mental illness and metal disorders with a focus in providing services to children.

• Experience in providing crisis intervention services.

• Must be eligible for or registered with an Alberta professional association (CARNA or CRPNA, ACSSW, CAP, or ACOT).

  • The successful candidate must provide proof pf or eligibility of registration with their respective professional association.

• Ability to build rapport and strong professional relationship s with Mental Health professionals.

• Successful candidate should also have knowledge and skills in computer and software programs and demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).

• Successful candidate must be self-motivated and capable of working independently as well as be part of a multidisciplinary consultation team.

• Candidate must be flexible regarding working schedules.

• A valid, current Alberta Class 5 Driver’s license.

• The following are also desired, however, training will be provided to successful candidate.

  • Non-violent crisis intervention certification.
  • ASIST Training.
  • DSM-IV training (Knowledge of the DSM5 would be an asset.

• Frequent physical demands for the position include: sitting, walking, and driving.


Preferred Qualifications:

• Three years’ experience with individuals experiencing mental illness and mental disorders.

• Work experience in rural Mental Health.

Apply online and join our dynamic team today! To apply, go to and click on Apply Now, then search for one of the following two requisition numbers:

• ALB00001516

• ALB00036848