Advanced Practice Clinician - Psychotherapy

  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
  • Jan 08, 2019
Part time Clinician

Job Description

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a public hospital that provides inpatient, outpatient and consultation services for people with complex mental illness. Our patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care built on compassion, inspiration and hope. We engage in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system and are proud to work with partners across the continuum of care. If you thrive on innovation and positive change, and share our vision of Recovering Best Health, Nurturing Hope and Inspiring Discovery, Ontario Shores is the place for you.


Division: Non-Union

Job Title: Advanced Practice Clinician - Psychotherapy

Reason for Vacancy:  New Position

Employment Type: Part-time

Hours of Work: Part-Time (Up to 22.5 Hours per week) Days Only

Position Summary

The Advanced Practice Clinician – Psychotherapy (APC), reporting to the Director of Professional Practice, will be responsible for advancing the organization’s models of care through supporting the implementation of and the  provision of training, supervision and consultation of clinicians providing psychotherapy on the inpatient units.

The APC will support clinicians and teams in providing innovative approaches to care delivery including supporting structures for manualized therapies and the implementation of quality standards while championing advancement of evidenced based practice.The knowledge and expertise of the Advanced Practice Clinician (APC) at Ontario Shores will be demonstrated in the roles of clinical expert, consultant, leader, and researcher.

In collaboration with the program leadership team, inter-professional team, the patient and family, the APC provides clinical practice support to improve patient and clinical outcomes.  The APC demonstrates strong leadership abilities, acts as a role model, clinical mentor, patient advocate, facilitator of knowledge translation, and change agent.

  • The cornerstone of advanced clinical practice is expertise in a specialized area of professional practice, i.e., psychotherapy.  Through a holistic and integrated approach, the APC works in partnership with the client and other members of the health-care team in the provision of psychotherapy. Advanced clinical practice focuses on clinical practice through a supportive and consultative role.
  • APCs are leaders in the organizations and communities where they work.  They are agents of change, consistently seeking effective new ways to practice, to improve the delivery of care, to shape their organizations, to benefit the public and to influence health policy.

  • Generating, synthesizing and using research evidence is central to advanced clinical practice. 

  • Effective collaboration and communication with clients and others on the health-care team represent important aspects of any clinical practice.  The ability to consult and collaborate with colleagues across sectors and at the organizational, provincial, national and international level is a characteristic of advanced practice. 

Qualifications Required and Preferred


  • Masters Degree required

  • Current Registration as a member in good standing with a Professional College

  • Ability to provide supervision in accordance with the Regulatory College requirements

  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience delivering manualized psychotherapy

  • Previous experience in providing supervision to other clinicians preferred

  • Current CPR-HCP

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Regulatory College Standards of Practice and commitment to maintaining reflective practice standards as described by the College.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Mental Health, and relevant policies and legislation, such as the Mental Health Act and PHIPA is required.

  • Ability to work effectively individually as well as part of an interprofessional team.

  • Proven ability to exercise mature, effective judgment and independent problem solving.

  • The candidate will have demonstrated excellent interpersonal and effective oral/written communication skills including demonstrated excellent documentation practices.

  • Ability to perform the physical demands of the position

  • Demonstrated facilitation and training skills

  • Ability to actively demonstrate role competency and leadership in:

    • Excellence in collaborative interpersonal relationships

    • Clinical excellence

    • Professionalism, ongoing professional development

    • Leadership skills

    • Communication, facilitation collaboration and interpersonal skills

    • Coaching and mentoring skills, effective teamwork

    • Problem solving skills, critical thinking and complex analysis

    • Conflict resolution and negotiation skills

    • Time management and organizational skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of legislation related to professional practice.

  • Proven good attendance record with capabilities of maintaining this same standard.

  • Working knowledge and demonstrated proficiency in Information Technology.

  • Advanced clinical expertise and knowledge related to psychotherapy in mental health and ability to drive the advancement of clinical knowledge and practice

  • Superior interpersonal, coaching and leadership skills to facilitate identification and development of staff learning needs

  • Strong communication skills and ability to establish positive relationships with staff, clients, families, community agencies, and other professionals

  • Demonstrated skills in program planning and development, research methods, consultation, presentation, adult education/teaching strategies, and change management/leadership

Strong working knowledge of the Recovery philosophy with a commitment to foster, support and integrate recovery-oriented principles into practice 


Crisis management certification

  • Ability to challenge and motivate others

  • Ability to evaluate and integrate research findings and best practices into clinical practice

  • Experience with providing clinical consultation/ supervision

  • 5 years psychiatric experience in a mental health setting

  • Experience in a Clinical Specialist or advance practice role.

  • Experience with process improvement

  • Demonstrated working knowledge/experience with electronic health records

  • Meditech experience

Personal information you provide to Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is collected pursuant to the Public Hospitals Act R.S.O 1990, c. P.40. It will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility for employment. At all times it will be treated in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have questions about the collection of your personal information, contact the Leader, Privacy & Access at 700 Gordon St. Whitby, ON L1N 5S9; 905-430-4055 ext. 6712 or refer to the Privacy & Access pages on the Ontario Shores website. Upon request, individual accommodation can be provided to applicants who meet the required qualifications outlined in the job descriptions, and have been invited for an interview. For questions and concerns, please contact Human Resources at 905.430.4055 ext. 6191.Ontario Shores is committed to diversity and inclusivity in employment and encourage applications from all qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. Ontario Shores is also committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities as part of our hiring process. If you have special requirements, please advise us during the recruitment process. Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Category

Clinical Specialist, Clinician


Whitby, ON