The Grande Prairie Primary Care Network, in beautiful Grande Prairie, Alberta – a city rich in cultural and economic opportunities, and a great place to raise a family – was formed in 2010 to work with local primary care physicians in the delivery of primary healthcare services. The PCN provides innovative and collaborative initiatives that improve communication, increase coordination of services, and enhance medical clinic practices to better meet the needs of those living in Grande Prairie, Fairview, and Grimshaw.
The Mental Health Therapist’s primary function is to deliver patient-centered care through both individual and group settings through the use of clinical counselling and education sessions. Sessions will address mental, emotional, and/or social functioning. The mental health therapist will take a collaborative approach by working with other members of the PCN Team.
What you will do...
Provide appropriate mental health and/or counselling services based 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 patient progress
Establish treatment goals, priorities and plans
Communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals regarding patients’ needs and progress
Measure clients’ progress regularly and adjust treatment accordingly
Lead patient education programs (e.g., depression or anxiety groups).
Participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning and patient conferences by providing the clinical team with current information regarding professional clinical observations
Provide a seamless transition to 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 patients 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 other PCN staff
What you need to succeed...
Fluency in English language (written and verbal).
Computer skills: email, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, data entry, scheduling
Ability to maintain accurate records in line with practice policy
Demonstrated ability to empathize with and understand individual patient needs
Group therapy/teaching skills
Ability to assess individual’s behaviour health needs.
Skills in providing CBT to assist patients in meeting behaviour health needs
Ability to assess and manage patients in crisis.
Awareness of social determinants of health and principles of self-management
Ability to develop new skills and apply theory to practice
Registration with applicable regulating body/association.
Master’s level degree in Psychology or Social Work with clinical designation
Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a community based mental health setting
Experience working in a patient care team preferred
Experience coordinating, leading, and facilitating patient treatment groups considered an asset
Previous use of an electronic medical record system considered an asset