Psychologist (TFT 1.0 FTE)

Psychology Ottawa, Ontario

Position Information

Posting Number: ROM23-296E
Title: Psychologist (TFT 1.0 FTE)
Position Status: Temporary Full-time
Contract End Date: 09/01/2024
FTE: 1.000
Job Schedule: Days/Evenings
Unit: Concurrent Disorders Unit
Department: Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders
Union: OPSEU Local 479
Site: Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
Number of Vacancies: 1

About The Royal

As one of Canada’s foremost mental health care and academic health science centres, The Royal has a clear purpose: to get more people living with mental illness into recovery faster. This is at the core of everything we do and it is driven by the passion, focus and dedication of our employees. Every day, the work that we do transforms the lives of people with mental illness through specialized mental healthcare, advocacy, research and education.

The Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders (SUCD) Program at The Royal offers evidence based services consistent with best practice and quality standards to clients with moderate to severe substance use disorders, mental health disorders and physical health conditions in a variety of settings (inpatient, outpatient, day programs, virtual services, community). We provide innovative models of care with close links and partnerships with community partners across Ontario.  Psychologists in SUCD work in an inter-professional team in collaboration with Addiction Medicine Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Social Worker, Addiction Counsellors, Recreation Therapist and Dieticians.  Client care is centered in a trauma-informed, culturally-competent approach and addresses the social determinants of health, stigma, discrimination and social justice.

Our SUCD program is a national leader in innovative service delivery models, the integration of research into care, and education. Psychologists within our program will, develop, deliver, and evaluate the outcomes of high quality, client centered care.  The consistent use of progress monitoring and outcome evaluation empowers clients to make informed decisions about their care and promote the attainment of meaningful outcomes.  Psychologists play a key role in improving access to appropriate services now through the provision of consultation, training, and dissemination of evidence based practice to other professionals, and for the future through participation in clinical training and supervision of the next generation of Psychologists within our state of the art psychology training program.  As part of a leading academic health sciences centre, Psychologists partner with persons with lived experience, inter-professional staff, and our communities to lead clinically-oriented research that will identify new avenues for care.  This scientist-practitioner psychologist position will involve work both onsite at the Royal and in the community as well as virtual provision of care.


  • Provide evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment (individual and group) and consultation for clients with concurrent substance use and mental health disorders
  • Provide psycho-diagnostic assessment, diagnostic clarification, and treatment planning for complex concurrent disorders
  • Incorporate evidence-based psychological treatments, including motivational interviewing , CBT treatment protocols, and DBT
  • Function as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team in the SUCD program
  • Liaise and consult with relevant community agencies, hospital services, and service providers, including involvement in building capacity for concurrent disorders
  • Conduct academic teaching and educational activities including: supervision of pre-doctoral practicum students and residents in psychology, and non-registered psychology staff, as well as to professionals and learners regionally and nationally
  • Conduct program development and program evaluation activities
  • Demonstrate the integration of research into care and conduct clinically-oriented research to improve client care and outcomes
  • Demonstrate leadership and collaboration skills through participation in program and discipline specific activities
  • Provide educational presentations to community groups and conferences (travel required)
  • Demonstrate professional integrity through adherence to college and hospital guidelines for the practice of psychology, including; adherence to the Canadian Code of Ethics for psychologists; adherence to College of Psychologists of Ontario guidelines for registration, professional development, supervision, communications and documentation; and adherence to The Royal’s policies on timely completion of workload measurement, and adherence to organizational policies
  • Participation in hospital psychology and quality improvement requirements.
  • Attend Psychology discipline meetings and participate in discipline activities.
  • Maintain work load measurement and data collection as required.
  • Work in a manner that is in compliance with staff and patient/client safety practices, policies and procedures of The Royal.
  • Ensure a work environment that is conducive to The Royal’s Anti-Racism, Harassment, & Discrimination Free Workplace Policy


  • Doctorate from a CPA/APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Program
  • Registered or eligible for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario is mandatory.  Autonomous practice is preferred.
  • Authorized area of practice in Clinical Psychology is mandatory
  • Authorized client population in Adults is mandatory
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with individuals with concurrent substance use and mental health disorders
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with individuals with concurrent substance use and mental health disorders
  • Five years of experience in clinical mental health.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in clinical work with substance use and mental health disorders, including patients with severe and complex mental health, substance use, and physical health disorders
  • Experience working in a hospital setting
  • Demonstrated competency in delivering evidence based treatment in both individual and group formats with specialized experience in assessment and treatment of mental health and substance use health disorders
  • Strong knowledge and experience working with vulnerable and marginalized clients, including knowledge in harm reduction models
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team setting and to communicate and collaborate in an inter-professional team context are essential, including working collaboratively between hospital and community services
  • Strong knowledge, demonstrated ability, and experience in program development, evaluation, and research
  • Experience with community consultation is an asset
  • Willingness to work variable hours.
  • Excellent communication skills, organizational ability, critical thinking and goal-setting skills.
  • English level A- is mandatory in oral comprehension, expression, reading, and writing. Bilingual (French/English) is considered an asset.

Salary Range: $59.70 to  $77.43 per hour

Additional Information

  • All applicants must provide a recent resume that clearly indicate that they meet the required qualifications.
  • Please apply by clicking on the Apply button below.
  • The Royal sincerely thanks all applicants for their interest in a career with us; however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • All new hires will be required to obtain a clear and valid Criminal Record or Vulnerable Sector Records Check as a pre-condition of employment.
  • The Royal is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the recruitment process.