Forensic Psychologist - Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

PHSA - Port Coquitlam, BC (7 months ago)

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Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Port Coquitlam, BC
Regular Full Time (1.00 FTE)

We are seeking a Forensic Psychologist to provide psychological assessment, treatment, and related services for people in conflict with the law. The work of the Forensic Psychologist plays a key role in determining how these individuals are subsequently treated in both the courts and health care system.

As the successful candidate, you will:
Conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments on people ordered by the Court, certified under the Mental Health Act or found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder under the Criminal Code of Canada
Provide individual and group psychological interventions, including behavioural care plans, for mentally disordered offenders, and demonstrate expertise in the treatment of psychiatrically ill accused persons, violent offenders, sexual offenders, or other specialized forensic psychology issues; ensure initial and ongoing informed consent of the accused person; evaluate responses to treatment; determine levels of supervision appropriate to current functioning, risk factors, and indicators for further offending; consult with collaterals on issues of major concern; maintain appropriate medical records in the approved Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission format; and prepare progress and discharge reports as required.
Participate in departmental/external meetings and in-services, and corporate initiatives by methods such as attending and/or leading meetings and providing relevant input to remain informed of departmental/practice activities and to contribute to the organization's initiatives
Provide specialized forensic psychological assessment, treatment, and consultation services via Telehealth/videoconferencing technology on an as-needed basis when deemed appropriate and face-to-face service provision is not feasible.
Testify as an expert forensic witness in the Courts or the BC Review Board in support of psychological assessments.
Direct psychological assistants and supervise clinical psychology interns or students.
Serve on committees such as quality improvement and professional practice.
Prepare comprehensive written psychological reports at a standard for submission to the Courts or the BC Review Board.
Serve as a credible expert witness in the Courts or BC Review Board hearings.
Participate in treatment planning conferences.

You may also participate in related research, including assisting with study design, data collection and analysis as well as preparing research papers for publication and presentation.

We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, including four (4) weeks of vacation to start. Relocation assistance may also be available.


A doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in Clinical Forensic Psychology

A doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (PhD or PsyD) with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a forensic mental health context.

You also have:
Practicing clinical registration or eligibility for registration with the College of Psychologists of BC;
One (1) year direct clinical experience performing diagnostic assessment and treatment of adults in a Forensic Mental Health setting including risk assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy or other relevant assessment and treatment modalities.
Expertise in using risk assessment/risk management tools in relation to criminal behavior, sufficient for recognition by the courts as an expert witness in forensic psychology.
Comprehensive knowledge of psychology, the justice system, and relevant legal issues.
Demonstrated specialized expertise in treatment approaches for violent offenders, sexual offenders, or other specialized forensic psychology issues, including the evaluation of the accused person’s response to treatment initiatives.
Broad knowledge of the service delivery system for offenders and their families at the local, regional and provincial level.
If this sounds like you, apply now!

About Us

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services(BCMHSUS) is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which provides specialized health to British Columbians. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Patients first – Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate - Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and BCHSUS here:

We hire on the basis of merit and encourage all qualified applicants 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. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where everyone can come to work and be their best, authentic self.

Reference #: 84931
Regular, Full-Time
Wage: $45.32 to $56.51 per hour
Monday to Friday; 08.00-16.00
Forensic Psychiatric Hospital
70 Colony Farm Road, Port Coquitlam, B.C. V3C 5X9

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