Program: Early Intervention Program
Status: 1.0 FTE Temporary
Classification: Occupational Therapist
Pay Grade: Grade I (OT and PT grid)
Employee Group: HSA
Start Date: January 4, 2023
End Date: March 31, 2023 with possibility of extension
The Early Intervention Therapy Program provides physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and Language therapies and counselling and family support for over 700 children and their families. Services are provided in the child’s natural environments, as well as through clinic and group opportunities, and focus on helping the child become successful in their daily routines and participation in home and community life.
The North Shore School Occupational Therapy Program offers services to students, educational
staff and parents to achieve student educational goals. Occupational Therapists use a collaborative model
consultation to evaluate how a student’s environment, and physical, cognitive and self-regulation
skills impact their ability to participate in daily occupations.
The Occupational Therapist works as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide therapy services to children within the context of their family and community environment. Services are delivered at home, school and in community settings. Departmental assignments are subject to operational and departmental needs.
A day in the life of a BC CFA Occupational Therapist:
• The Occupational Therapist (OT) is responsible for assessing the child’s occupational needs.
• The OT will use a coach approach with families and team members to educate and implement therapeutic programs based on goals.
• The OT will use Evidence Based Practice and Family Centered Practice to guide decision making when developing goals and therapeutic programs.
• The OT will prescribe and assist in obtaining equipment to optimize the child’s participation in every day activities.
• The OT will train support staff as needed for participation throughout the school day
• The OT will consult to caregivers in the child’s life as appropriate, including family, preschools, daycares and schools.
• The OT will maintain up to date records in order to assess outcomes and meet agency and regulatory body requirements.
• The OT will collaborate with their client’s service providers including community partners.
The qualifications and skills you bring:
Education, training and experience
• Master's degree or equivalent in OT or Rehabilitation Medicine (OT)
• Experience working in pediatrics is an asset
• Training in Motivational Interviewing or Brief Action Planning an asset
Knowledge, skills and abilities
• Practices Occupational Therapy using the People, Environment, Occupation model to optimize participation.
• Collaborates with clients using the F-words of childhood development framework and a commitment to inclusive practice and family centered care.
• A basic understanding of feeding/swallowing difficulties and management is considered an asset.
• A basic understanding of positioning, transfer techniques and equipment prescription is considered an asset.
• Proven collaboration, communication and consultation skills.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to work independently and in cooperation with others.
• Proven organization and time management skills are required.
• Competency using a virtual platform to deliver sessions virtually, and electronic client record system and word processing is required.
Working conditions & provisos
• Registration with COTBC (includes Criminal Record Check)
• Valid BC Driver’s license with reliable use of car for work with business insurance
• Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position
Benefits & perks:
Our workplace culture embraces Hope, Kindness, Collaboration, Innovation and Family. We offer meaningful benefits and perks that make a difference for you and your family. Here are some of them.
• Extended Health and Dental plan
• Municipal Pension Plan
• Collaborative team environment
• Learning and development opportunities
• Free Onsite Parking
• Flexible working hours
• Remote working
• Workplace wellness programs
• Paid Sick leave
• Staff committees including Research and Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion and the Engagement committee