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Occupational Therapist I - Burnaby Centre/Soon to open Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health & Addiction, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Occupational Therapist

Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, $35.98 - $44.79 per hour



*We will be hosting a Virtual Information Session for our new Red Fish Healing Centre that will be opening in the Fall on Tuesday, June 22nd from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. If you are interested in attending this virtual event we ask that you RSVP to and attendees will be sent a Zoom link 24 hours prior to the virtual event.*


What you’ll do

  • Assess clients who are affected by complex substance use, mental health and medical issues by considering their personal context, goals, interests, needs, safety, environment and resources by utilizing an evidence-based approach, reviewing records, gathering information relevant to the situation, interviewing the client, and determining the suitability of services to ensure occupational performance issues important to the client are addressed.
  • Plan outcome oriented occupational therapy services by collaborating with the client, caregivers/family and other health care providers; identify client and therapist expectations for service and define an approach and focus for service; establish and prioritize expected outcomes; discuss service implementation options; and determine sources and duration of service to meet identified short and long-term client goals.
  • Implement occupational therapy services utilizing diverse intervention approaches by carrying out the plan, engaging the client in activities associated with occupational roles and the client’s goals, assessing and modifying the implementation, and identifying completion criteria to promote, develop, maintain and/or restore occupational potential. Acts as a group leader/co-leader in the provision of groups to meet the rehabilitation and psycho-educational needs of clients in the areas behavior and development; and by supporting case managers with clients.
  • Use knowledge and skill in the area of professional practice to independently manage a complex caseload. Coordinate care for clients by applying case management principles, carrying out health, psychosocial, functional/environmental and safety/risk assessments, identifying problems, addressing issues in collaboration with clients and families and work with the appropriate physicians, interdisciplinary team members and/or clients/families to identify and utilize community supports and agencies. Participate or lead inter-agency and/or multidisciplinary team case management coordination as required.
  • Provide education and counseling to clients/families regarding the functional and rehabilitation issues of clients in the areas of behavior and development, personal life, education, leisure and work; and provides information and guidance to other caregivers, health service providers, staff and other community agencies.

What you bring

  • Baccalaureate in Occupational Therapy.
  • Two (2) years’ recent, related experience working in a psychiatric setting with individuals who have complex mental health and addictions issues or equivalent.
  • Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC).
  • Eligible for membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).

What’s in it for you


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
  • 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.


Casual Opportunity
Wage: $35.98 to $44.79 per hour
28- 3405 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled
Monday - Friday (rotating); 

Requisition Number: 94330



What we do

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, coordinates and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:


PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.