In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. Reporting to the Head of Psychology and Program Director, when applicable, and in accordance with established policies, procedures, standards of practice and guidelines, provides psychological services to assigned patients/clients with a variety of medical, developmental, behavioural, psychiatric and other problems. Contributes to departmental and organizational mandates and goals related to C&W’s role as an academic health centre. The successful candidate is a Registered Psychologist who will provide supervision of Psychometrists and complete standardized developmental assessments within a interdisciplinary team enviornment.
The Neonatal Follow-Up Program recruits children who are at high risk of adverse neurodevelopmental outcome as a result of being born extremely preterm, severe neonatal illness or being a survivor of a new technology. The goals of the program are to 1) to evaluate short and long-term results of perinatal/neonatal intensive care by performing sequential clinical and neuro-developmental assessments of surviving infants, 2) to ascertain impairment early in this high-risk population to promote early application of interventional techniques to minimise the severity of perinatally acquired handicap, 3) to provide an educational experience in developmental assessment and the long-term effects of perinatal/neonatal intensive care for a variety of learners and 4) to promote and carry out research to further knowledge of the long-term effects of selected aspects of perinatal and neonatal management.
The Program is multidisciplinary and provides comprehensive age appropriate sequential neurodevelopmental assessments typically at 4, 8, 18 months, 3 years, and 4 ½ years at clinics on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays. The team includes nursing, psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, audiology, speech pathology and neonatologists / pediatricians, in addition to a data manager and office staff.
Registered psychologists and allied staff perform standardised assessments on children at 3 years and 4 ½ years of age with occasional assessments at other ages from 30 months to 11 years of age. With a focus on a screening assessment, the psychologist typically evaluates 1-2 patients per clinic day. The Neonatal Follow-Up program is an exciting academic program working with leading edge nationally and internationally recognized research projects.
Program relevant clinical and research opportunities may be available.
Education, Training and Experience
•Current registration by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, or eligibility for registration.
•Training at the doctoral level in child clinical and/or developmental psychology, pediatric neuropsychology, or a closely related area.
•Recent related experience in child, adolescent, psychodiagnostic, clinical and/or health care environment.
Skills and Abilities
•Ability to communicate and present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
•Ability to carry out duties in a timely fashion.
•Ability to establish priorities, develop/implement short-term and long-term objectives.
•Ability to deal with others effectively.
•Ability to teach and provide instruction.
•Proficiency in computer skills related to report writing and to recording and managing data.