Occupational Therapist (TFT 1.0 FTE)

Occupational Therapy Ottawa, Ontario

Position Information

Posting Number: ROM23-447E
Title: Occupational Therapist (TFT 1.0 FTE)
Position Status: Temporary Full-time
Contract End Date: 08/30/2024
FTE: 1.0
Job Schedule: Days
Unit: Outpatient Services
Department: Forensic Psychiatry
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 centre, 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.


  • Provide individual occupational therapy assessment and individual and group treatment to referred adult forensic clients.
  • Partner with clients in the development of their recovery goals.
  • Monitor client mental health status and risk management.
  • Work with clients and care team in the identification of resources in the community to promote transition from hospital services and reintegration to community.
  • Secondary role may include practicing the controlled act of psychotherapy according to the hospital policy, COTO standards of practice as part of client and program needs.
  • Contribute to the interdisciplinary treatment planning.
  • Attend clinical and program meetings as required.
  • Liaise with appropriate community agencies as required.
  • Provide supervision to Occupational Therapy Assistants and Occupational Therapy students.
  • Collaborate with OT colleagues to provide supervision coverage for OTAs as required.
  • Contribute to furthering of the goals of the Occupational Therapy profession including attending monthly meetings.
  • Enter workload measurement data according to hospital policies.
  • Adhere to hospital policies and procedures, to program and to the college of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.
  • Must be willing to discuss performance of other duties as requested by program/discipline/hospital.
  • 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 and Discrimination-Free Workplace Policy.


  • Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy (MSc(OT)) or equivalent according to the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario standards.
  • Minimum of 3 years Occupational Therapy experience, preferably with adults with severe mental illness.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in Forensic Psychiatry is preferred.
  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario mandatory.
  • Membership in CAOT and OSOT preferred.
  • Experience with developing and leading psycho-educational and therapeutic groups is essential.
  •  Experience with recovery based programs for the seriously mentally ill is essential.
  • Experience in motivational interviewing is an asset.
  • Experience in vocational assessment, treatment and rehabilitation planning.
  • Experience or interest in practicing the controlled act of psychotherapy upon acquiring the qualifications, training and supervision according to the hospital policy and COTO standards of practice.
  • Knowledge of forensic process and need an asset.
  • Understanding and knowledge of legislation related to mentally disordered offenders, i.e. Criminal Code of Canada (Mental Disorder Provisions), Provincial Mental Health Act.
  • Excellent communication skills, organizational ability, critical thinking and goal setting skills.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Experience providing supervision to students and Occupational Therapy Assistants preferred.
  • Knowledge of applicable legislated acts (i.e. MHA, The Health Care Consent Act).
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Sound clinical judgment.
  • Valid driver’s licence and access to reliable vehicle.
  • Experience in community consultation is an asset.
  • Ability to work in a team; establish and maintain good working relations.
  • Maintain work load measurement as required and input into the workload measurement system on a regular basis.
  • English level A- is mandatory in oral comprehension, expression, reading and writing. Bilingual (English/French) is considered an asset.


Salary Range: $37.70 to  $53.17 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.