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Psychological Associate - Canadian Mental Health Association, York and South Simcoe

Oct 07, 2019
Vaughan, Ontario


Are you a Psychological Associate looking for flexibility, a supportive team, and career fulfillment?

If so, JOIN US at CMHA-YR - where value and recognition are a given, and what you do every day positively impacts another!


Closing Date: OPEN until filled

Contract Part-Time (until August 2020), 21 Hours per Week, Evening and Weekend hours will be required

Competition #: 2019-054

Our Mission: As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

Our Organizational Values:

  • Client and Family Centered – through partnership, accountability and action
  • Culturally Competent – to provide the best service and work experience
  • Innovation – to bring value to our community

Team Values:              Trust, Respect, Communication and Teamwork.

Hours of work:            21 hours per week. Evening and weekend hours will be required.

Location:                      Vaughan Office with occasional travel within York and South Simcoe

Job Profile:

The Psychological Associate (PA) / MA-Level Psychologist supports and monitors the Bounce Back team, who provides Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) based structured telephone coaching to people living with mild to moderate mood disorders. The PA provides clinical oversight to Bounce Back Coaches, including: (1) reviews risk reports, (2) provides clinical recommendations specific to participant risk assessment, (3) reviews audio recordings when necessary, and (4) holds monthly clinical consultations for the coaches.

The Psychological Associate is responsible to assist with the training of the team, within an existing program fidelity model, and ongoing supervision to ensure quality, fidelity, and assist with the professional development of the team.  They will actively contribute to quality improvement of the program, and participate in research activities. Training and support will be provided to the PA by a Ph.D.-Level Clinical Psychologist on the team.

The Psychological Associate will also be responsible for demonstrating a thorough understanding of assessing different levels of risk (low, moderate, high), and is familiar with pertinent provincial legislation that includes: Mental Health Act, Health Consent Act, PHIPA, the Substitute Decisions Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Employment Standards Act, and Ontario Human Rights Code.

In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, demonstrate effectiveness in working in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships.


  • Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, or its equivalent
  • Registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, with competencies in Clinical Psychology, with Adults and preferably with Adolescents
  • Extensive knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including training
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a mental health setting, such as a hospital, psychiatric facility, community agency, outreach work
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a supervisory capacity
  • Experience with risk management and crisis work
  • Experience working and providing feedback through non face-to-face methods
  • Extensive supervised clinical experience delivering cognitive-behavioral therapy (e.g., accredited internship or multiple practical with a CBT focus)
  • Experience teaching/training/supervising other mental health clinicians in delivery of CBT 
  • Ability to work flexible working hours


  • Training and knowledge in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy delivery  
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of local and regional mental health services
  • A second language (French, Cantonese, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu) reflecting the local community is preferred
  • Knowledge of various legislations and standards for the practice of psychology in Canada
  • Ability to research and analyze complex information and provide program recommendations based on psychological and educational needs
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
  • Extensive knowledge of supports and services in York Region, including formal and informal resources
  • Demonstrates understanding of legal requirements of limits of confidentiality in Ontario/has understanding of relevant legal statutes

Additional Requirements:

  • A valid Canadian driver’s license
  • A minimum $1,000,000.00 third party liability insurance
  • A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check)

This position reports to, and is supervised, by the Director of Services, Bounce Back Program

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Working Conditions:

Office work, recreational vehicle, community settings, meetings in clients’ home and travel with clients

Disclaimer: In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding and direction this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here.

Why work for CMHA York Region?

We are team committed to our vision of mentally healthy people in a healthy society. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams.  It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement and sustain innovative, evidence based and transformational impact.  We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.

We thrive on the giving our best, progressive thinking, and working together. We deliver trusted advice to help our employees thrive, and communities prosper. We care about each other, making a difference to our communities, reaching our potential, and achieving shared successes.  

We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication.  We hold ourselves accountable and we celebrate our wins.  Because we risk, we learn and we take the opportunity and time to constantly improve our skills, the way we function as a team and ultimately deliver services.  We are a team committed to mental health for all.  Join us and be part of providing great care in great communities!

Application Procedures:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please follow the link on this posting or visit the Career section of our website. Complete the application form and submit cover letter and resume (PDF or Word) together as one (1) document / attachment in the Resume section, outlining how your experience matches our requirements, to the Human Resources Department quoting Competition # 2019-054.

CMHA, York Region Branch supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.

To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email

Online:, under CAREERS section.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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