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Forensic Psychologist - Vancouver Forensic Psychiatric Clinic, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Forensic Psychologist

Vancouver Forensic Psychiatric Clinic, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, $46.23 to $57.64 per hour


What you’ll do

  • Complete comprehensive psychological assessments including assessing risk to re-offend, upon referral by reviewing the legal orders to ascertain the stage of proceedings and the nature of the assessment requested; consulting with the interdisciplinary team which may include the assigned psychiatrist, case manager, nurse, psychiatric social worker, and psychologist assistant as necessary to determine the nature of the assessment; reviewing the police reports, and previous psychological, nursing, psychiatric, and social assessments; determining the appropriate battery of psychological testing to be administered to the offender; arranging and conducting psychological interviews with the various individuals, and other relevant collaterals; advising the accused person regarding issues of consent and confidentiality/non-confidentiality; and supervising and/or administering psychological testing and interpreting the results.
  • Prepare comprehensive written psychological reports that include descriptions and interpretations of psychological testing and formulation of a psychological profile with recommendations for treatment and management of risk related behaviors. Psychological Reports must be prepared at a standard for submission to the Courts or the BC Review Board.
  • Participate in treatment planning conferences relating to persons who have been referred for assessment by providing input from a forensic psychology perspective on a variety of issues related to the patient.
  • Provide testimony as an expert forensic psychology witness in the Courts or BC Review Board hearings in support of psychological assessments by researching, studying and understanding complex legal and clinical issues related to relationships between psychological factors and criminal behaviors; maintains up-to-date knowledge and understanding of forensic psychology issues and expertise in risk assessment and risk management tools and the relationship to criminal behaviour; establish through education, experience and reputation recognition by the courts as an expert witness in forensic psychology; and is able to withstand intensive and extensive cross examination intended to diminish status as an expert witness or destroy credibility or accuracy of facts, testing formulations, conclusions and recommendations contained in written reports.

What you bring

  • Doctoral degree (PhD. or PsyD) in Clinical Forensic Psychology or Clinical Psychology with experience in a forensic and/or tertiary-level mental health context.
  • One (1) year direct clinical experience performing diagnostic assessment and treatment of adults in a forensic or tertiary-level mental health setting including risk assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy or other relevant assessment and treatment modalities.
  • Current registration with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, or secured within 18 months of hire.

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.

Temporary, Full-Time (from May 2020 to May 2021)
Wage: $46.23 to $57.64 per hour
307 West Broadway, #300, Vancouver
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Monday to Friday; 0830 - 1630
Requisition Number: 94062

What we do

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) bcmhsus.ca 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: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services

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.


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