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Practice Leader, Recreation Therapy, Red Fish Healing Centre, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services – Coquitlam, BC

Practice Leader, Recreation Therapy
BC Mental Health & 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.



What you’ll do

  • Provide leadership in Recreation Therapy practice and ensures professional association standards, certification requirements, practice guidelines, and the code of ethics for Recreation Therapy are understood, monitored and maintained.
  • Identify profession specific performance evaluation standards and processes. In collaboration with Program Leaders provide input to professional competency development and evaluation of staff performance appraisal. Develop strategies to address and remediate performance issues if required. Refer items requiring disciplinary action to the Clinical Services Manager and/or Senior Director and assists with staff selection by participating on interview panels and providing recommendations regarding evaluation of candidates to facilitate optimal hiring decisions.
  • In consultation with Professional Practice, and in collaboration with Program Leaders, participates in the planning and coordination of service delivery, including the development of practice guidelines, goals, objectives and interprofessional clinical pathways using evidence-based practice.
  • Provide clinical supervision, guidance and expertise to staff, facilitates workplace solutions, and acts a mentor and coach, along with others, to Recreation Therapy. Ensures that a process and mechanisms are in place for ongoing clinical and councils, mentors).
  • Maintain and updates knowledge by methods such as reviewing relevant literature, evaluating clinical practice and together with education resources, develops processes for defining and implementing practice skills for Recreation Therapy.


What you bring

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Therapy from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Four (4) years recent related clinical experience providing treatment services to individuals with complex concurrent mental health and substance use issues including one (1) year of supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Eligible for membership in the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association (BCTRA).


You also have:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of evidence-based Recreation Therapy practice related to applicable program health issues and treatment.
  • Knowledge of theories and concepts of therapeutic recreation, leisure, social psychology and current trends and practice in designated areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and interact with patients and families applying theories of human growth and development, family systems, and cultural diversity.
  • Computer literacy; demonstrated ability to operate an electronic patient health record as part of a clinical information system, and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and email software.


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: Temporary, Full-Time until May 16 2023.
Wage: $38.40 to $48.01 per hour.
Location: 2745 Lougheed Hwy., Coquitlam, BC V3C 4J2
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: Tuesday to Saturday; 0830-1630
Requisition # 125778



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.


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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.



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