A full time psychologist is required to offer services to the Chronic Pain service and CHEO HIV Clinic. Services to be provided include cognitive, behavioural, and social-emotional assessment, psycho-diagnostic assessment, and individual and group education and therapy. The Psychologist will function as part of interdisciplinary teams working in a child centred family-focused environment where parents and caregivers are seen as partners in care.
Principle roles of the psychologist include: Supporting the medical and psychological health and well-being of children and adolescents living with Chronic Pain or HIV as well as their families; and the diagnosis and follow-up of psychological problems for HIV-positive and HIV-exposed uninfected children.
§ Provide comprehensive psychological assessment
o With the Chronic Pain team there is a focus on diagnostic formulation and delineating the interplay between health and mental health issues.
With the HIV team, this may include intellectual, cognitive, and developmental including autism.
§ Offer consultation and treatment services for patients presenting with chronic pain.
§ Individual and group therapy with children and adolescents living with HIV. This work can involve supportive therapy (individual, peer-to-peer support), discussion of psychosocial function (stigmatized illness, isolation), healthy psychology (coping with chronic illness, medication adherence), sexual health (disclosure to partners, understanding legal requirements of people living with HIV).
§ Disclosure of HIV diagnosis to children- child/parent preparation, disclosure event, post-disclosure follow up
§ Psychotherapy with respect to medical adherence and the obstacles thereto as well as self-efficacy
§ Pill swallowing education
§ Trauma work (historical sexual/physical abuse, familial loss)
§ Behaviour therapy for parents
§ Liaison with other health care professionals with regard to assessment findings, recommendations, and their implications for the management of the child/youth.
§ Liaise with schools and other community organizations when appropriate
§ Prepare adolescents to transition to the adult health care system
§ Provide supervision/training of pre-doctoral psychology interns and offer learning opportunities to other student professionals in training.
§ Assist and collaborate with program evaluation and development of research projects that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the clinical services provided by the team.
§ Collaborate with Psychologists to assist with coverage and backup during vacations and exceptionally busy times
§ Police Record Check (PRC) (Essential)
§ Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from a CPA or APA accredited clinical psychology program (Essential)
§ Registration as a Psychologist in Ontario or eligibility for registration as a Psychologist (Essential)
§ Designated practice as a psychologist in the area of Clinical Psychology with children and adolescents (Essential)
§ Designated practice as a psychologist in the area of Health Psychology with children and adolescents (Essential)
§ Experience in a paediatric health-care setting (Essential)
§ Knowledge in Chronic Pain and Rehab model (Essential)
§ Experience in the provision of comprehensive psychological assessments (including cognitive, behavioural
and personality measures) to a paediatric medical and mental health population (Essential)
· Experience in the provision of developmental and psychoeducational assessments (Preferred)
§ Experience in providing intervention to children with complex medical and mental health conditions (Essential)
§ Training and experience in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance-commitment therapy (ACT),
and Emotion-Focused Family therapy (EFFT) (Preferred)
§ Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with other health professionals (Essential)
§ Bilingual – Fluency in both French and English (Essential)
§ Flexibility in work hours (Evening and weekend work may be required) (Essential)
§ Interest/expertise in clinical research (Preferred)
§ Supervision experience (Preferred)
* Please note you will be represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).
Should the applicant require any accommodations during the application process please notify Human Resources as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.