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Forensic Psychologist - Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Forensic Psychologist

Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Coquitlam, BC


As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.



Are you a Clinical Psychologist with experience and a passion for working with individuals with complex mental health and behavioural needs? Join our team to make a difference in the lives of marginalized community members.


What you’ll do

  • Conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments on people ordered by the Court, certified under the Mental Health Act, or found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder under the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • Provide individual and group psychological interventions, including behavioural care plans, for mentally disordered offenders, and demonstrate expertise in the treatment of psychiatrically ill accused persons, violent offenders, sexual offenders, or other specialized forensic psychology issues.
  • Ensure initial and ongoing informed consent of the accused person; evaluate responses to treatment; determine levels of supervision appropriate to current functioning, risk factors, and indicators for further offending; consult with collaterals on issues of major concern; maintain appropriate medical records in the approved Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission format; and prepare progress and discharge reports as required.
  • Participate in departmental/external meetings, in-services, and corporate initiatives by attending and/or leading meetings and providing relevant input to remain informed of departmental/practice activities and to contribute to the organization's initiatives.
  • Provide specialized forensic psychological assessment, treatment, and consultation services via Telehealth/videoconferencing technology as-needed when deemed appropriate and face-to-face service provision is not feasible.
  • Testify as an expert forensic witness in the Courts or the BC Review Board in support of psychological assessments.
  • Direct Psychological Assistants and supervise clinical psychology interns or students.
  • Serve on committees such as quality improvement and professional practice.
  • Prepare comprehensive written psychological reports at a standard for submission to the Courts or the BC Review Board.
  • Serve as a credible expert witness in the Courts or BC Review Board hearings.
  • Participate in treatment planning conferences.

You may also participate in related research, including assisting with study design, data collection and analysis as well as preparing research papers for publication and presentation.


We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, including four (4) weeks of vacation to start. Relocation assistance may also be available.


What you bring

  • A doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in Clinical Forensic Psychology.


  • A doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (PhD or PsyD) with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a forensic mental health context.
  • Practicing clinical registration or eligibility for registration with the College of Psychologists of BC.
  • One (1) year direct, clinical experience performing diagnostic assessment and treatment of adults in a Forensic Mental Health setting including risk assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy or other relevant assessment and treatment modalities.


What we bring 


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 professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.


Job Type: Regular, Part-Time (0.80 FTE)
Wage: $46.23 to $57.64 per hour
Location: 70 Colony Farm Road, Port Coquitlam
Applications will be accepted until position is filled
Requisition # 88886



What we do


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


BCMHSUS are part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages 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.


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PHSA and BCMHSUS are committed to employment equity, 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, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.