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Clinical Psychologist

Community :KAMLOOPS

Position Summary
Interior Health Authority is urgently seeking a Clinical Psychologist to support mental health clients at the Hillside Psychiatric Centre and South Hills Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre in Kamloops, B.C.

In accordance with established vision and values of the organization and the College of Psychologists of British Columbia established standards of professional practice, this position is responsible for providing psychological services, including assessment, individual and group therapy, treatment planning and behaviour management interventions for the assigned clinical practice area(s). In addition to direct service provision, the Clinical Psychologist contributes to ongoing quality improvement, program development, evaluation, and research. The position supports a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to service delivery within the continuum of Allied Health services.

Hillside Centre is a tertiary referral facility with 44 beds providing highly specialized mental health services designed for adults and elderly persons with acute mental illness and/or severely dysfunctional behaviours. This site offers three programs: Neuropsychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry and the focus is on diagnosis and stabilization.

South Hills Centre consists of two - 20 bed units specifically designed for the treatment of adults with serious and persistent symptoms of mental illness. The program is focused on psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery combining empowering principles with practical strategies in facilitating recovery. The goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals by assisting them in functioning as actively and independently in society as possible.

The primary responsibilities of the position will include completing psychodiagnostic assessments, individual therapy, group therapy and providing ongoing education to staff. Both sites strongly support research and evidenced-based practice and there is openness to role development and change within the parameters of the programs.

This is a permanent full-time opportunity. Days of work are Monday to Friday from 08:30-16:30 with weekends and stat holidays off. Recognized as one of BC’s top employers, we offer progressive and diverse workplaces, a network of welcoming multi-disciplinary colleagues and a range of benefits and services to support you:
• Relocation assistance
• Competitive compensation
• Recognition of previous experience in determining salary
• Extended health & insurance plans
• Generous employer paid vacation & sick time
• Training and career development opportunities

Community Profile: Kamloops is one of BC’s sunniest cities and home to 90,000 residents. Kamloops offers affordable housing, a large selection of restaurants and stores, a lively arts scene and a full range of businesses. Close proximity to Sun Peaks resort and the surrounding landscape of rivers, mountains, lakes and grasslands means unsurpassed opportunities for year-round outdoor activities.


Ph.D. in Psychology or equivalent from a university or school recognized by the College of Psychologists’ of British Columbia, with an approved pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology.
Current registration with the College of Psychologists’ of British Columbia (or eligible for registration).
Five years recent related experience in clinical psychology in the assigned clinical practice area(s).

Any position that is required to enter a long-term care, assisted living or mental health facility to provide services, the successful candidate of that position will be subject to the Public Health PHO Order regarding mandatory vaccination.

Skills and Abilities:
Assessment and Treatment: Demonstrated ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning) through appropriate/prescribed technical, therapeutic, safety type interventions.
Teaching: Ability to teach clients and others both one-on-one and in groups.
Knowledge Integration: Integrates best practice and current research evidence to support professional practice decisions and actions.
Communication: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and members of the interdisciplinary team using verbal, written, computer communication means. Ability to effectively apply conflict resolution skills.
Critical Thinking: Demonstrated ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve and make decisions effectively. Applies the problem solving process demonstrating critical thinking and decision making skills using a systems approach.
Human Caring and Relationship Centered Practice: Ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitivity to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns.
Management: Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities. Manages time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team and collaborates across disciplines.
Leadership: Promotes staff morale, engagement and empowerment. Demonstrates creative planning for change and innovation, implementation of IH policies or other protocols, and ongoing professional development of self and others.
Teamwork: Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.
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