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Lead, Psychology Professional Practice, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services – Coquitlam, BC

Lead, Psychology Professional Practice
BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Coquitlam, BC



Reporting to the Director, Psychology, the Lead, Psychology Professional Practice, is designated by the facility to be accountable for the overall psychology services, provides professional practice leadership and has administrative and clinical responsibility for psychologists, psychological assistants and students across the complex MHSU continuum, and participates in the planning, delivery and evaluation of services in collaboration with BCMHSUS Program leaders. The Lead, Psychology Professional Practice holds an academic cross appointment and supports program/discipline planning and leadership.  The Lead also provides individual and group treatment and psychological assessment. 



What you’ll do

  • Provide, clinical and professional practice leadership to the department of psychology and participate in the planning and coordination of psychology services across the BCMHSUS Complex Mental Health and Substance Use (CMHSU) portfolio including the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Regional Forensic Clinics, Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, and Heartwood Centre for Women. Lead, direct, and ensure standardization of evidence based practice in psychology services through collaboration and coordination with psychologists; department, program,  and professional practice leads;  multi-disciplinary teams and clinical unit staff, medical staff, Learning & Development personnel, and others as appropriate.
  • Provide supervision to staff members, facilitate workplace solutions, and develop processes for quality assurance and adherence to professional and organizational standards. Identify departmental needs and contribute to the development of operating and capital proposals including making recommendations to the Director regarding a variety of issues such as workload, staff resources, minor and capital equipment purchases, and workspace allocations.
  • Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of job descriptions for the Psychology service. Participate in staff selection, orientation, and on-boarding and collaborates with the Director on initiatives related to engagement, practice enhancement and performance appraisal. Clarify and support performance expectations with staff members while referring actions and documentation that may require formal disciplinary action to the Director.
  • Ensure registration, professional standards, practice guidelines, and code of ethics requirements are understood, monitored, and maintained by methods such as collaborating with others and developing policies and procedures. Develop, implement and monitor quality improvement initiatives to ensure professional standards and performance are maintained and advanced for the discipline of psychology.  Maintain a system of policy development to ensure policies are consistent with the professional practice guidelines and corporate policy.  Maintain an awareness of legislation governing clinical practice and support the department in meeting the associated requirements.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and guidance in the development of education, research, and special projects aimed toward the advancement of expertise in psychological practice and support of the overall delivery of evidence based and trauma informed care across CMHSU programs. Work in collaboration with the Director, Psychology; Learning & Development, program and professional practice leadership, clinical service area staff, community partners, and others in the development of educational strategies based on organizational priorities.

What you bring



  • Graduate of a Doctoral level program in Psychology.
  • Six (6) years recent related clinical experience including two (2) years’ experience in a leadership capacity in clinical psychology or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Current registration with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the standards of practice and regulations for Psychology as established by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls calls for justice, and how they intersect across the health care system.
  • Supports team members on their learning journey, ensuring education strategy for team/department to implement Indigenous Cultural Safety at a practical level.
  • Works collaboratively with appropriate Indigenous teams/departments to ensure ICS lens applied holistically.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).

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, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • 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).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.


Job Type: Regular, Full-Time (1.00 FTE) 
$55.18 to $68.95 per hour
70 Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam, BC V3C 5X9
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Hours of Work:
Monday to Friday



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



***For details about this role, relocation assistance eligibility,  please contact Kelly Hull, Talent Acquisition Advisor for more details:**



What we do

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


BCMHSUS is 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.


Learn more about PHSA and our programs:


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.


Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.