Psychology Assistant

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Algoma Family Services is a provider of specialized services for infants, children, youth, adults and families in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District.

Position: Psychology Assistant
Status: Permanent Full Time
Hourly Rate: $19.85 to $24.40
Reference #: ADM-0921-02
Reports to: Director of Services
Location: Sault Ste. Marie
Posting Date: September 17, 2021
Closing Date: Posted until filled

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Psychology Assistant will support the delivery of Specialized Consultation and Assessment Service (SCAS) to children, youth and families. Under the clinical direction of the Coordinator of SCAS and registered psychology team members, the Psychology Assistant will perform administrative and clinical duties, as per the Standards of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO)–Employment of Para-Professionals and Psychological Assistants. The service is regulated under the CPO and the assistant duties performed must be clinically supervised by a Certified member of the College.

MINIMUM EDUCATION:

  • College diploma in relevant Human Services discipline (preferably Social Services Worker or Child and Youth Worker).
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology preferred

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum of one (1) to two (2) years of experience in children’s services.
  • Familiar with psychological testing and/or psychometrics.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge and training in the scoring of psychological tests
  • Working knowledge of community resources and programs available to children and families in the Algoma District.
  • Demonstrated ability to form and maintain helping relationships with children and family members.
  • Understanding of strength-based, solution-focused and family centered approach within the context of an anti-oppressive practice
  • Solid interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Proficiency with computers, especially Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and data MIS.
  • Practiced telephone interviewing and intake assessment skills with parents, youth between 12 and 18 years of age, caregivers and collaterals.
  • Knowledge of pertinent legislation, such as The Child, Youth, and Family Services Act, PHIPA, The Education Act, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Possession of a valid Ontario Driver’s License (minimum of Class G2 if under the age of 19, and Class G license if 19 and over), ability to travel, and use of a personal vehicle.
  • Ability to provide services in both official languages (English/French) is an asset.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
1. To assist with client logistics such as arranging appointments, file documentation, photocopying, etc. Complete file closures once consultations/assessments are completed. Scan working files to ensure that psychology raw data is secured in electronic format and shred paper copies.
2. To score psychological assessment questionnaires. Scoring shall include questionnaires for groups, for consultations, assessments, Telemental Health consultations, contracted child psychiatrist, etc. The employee shall inform the psychology staff if a psychology questionnaire cannot be scored due to several unanswered questions, or if the questions are not marked clearly.
3. To order assessment materials, online and paper versions, test kits, manuals and ensure that when questionnaires are running low that an order is placed as directed by the service coordinator or designate. Provide Finance with necessary documents when orders are placed (purchase order, invoice, packing slip, etc.)
4. To monitor the general SCAS email account for new referrals/requests direct emails to psychology staff/consultants.
5. To maintain and secure confidential client information in the execution of professional responsibilities in a manner that is consistent with required legislation, and AFS policies and procedures.
6. To ensure on-going professional development by participating in agency sponsored training and orientation programs and through identification of applicable professional development opportunities on an on-going basis.
7. To interpret the AFS services system to clients, collateral agency representatives, and the community at large.
8. To take initiative for professional development on a personal and team level.
9. To assume other responsibilities as assigned.

PLEASE SEND YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME TO: hr@algomafamilyservices.org QUOTING REFERENCE # ADM-0921-02

This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by the OPSEU.
Algoma Family Services (AFS) encourages applications from all qualified candidates. AFS has a great record for accommodating persons with disabilities. Job candidates are encouraged to contact Human Resources, if they need accommodation at any stage of the application process or want more information on our accommodation policies.

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