Occupational Therapist – (0.8 Permanent Position (CALGARY))

The Centre for Autism Services Alberta is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children, teens, and young adults with autism. Established in 1997, the Centre has grown to offer a wide range of services to individuals on the spectrum and their families and is the largest accredited autism service provider in northern Alberta. Its mission is to provide comprehensive and innovative supports and services to those affected by autism.

The people we serve come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes the Centre for Autism Services Alberta (CFASA) stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm to empower autistic individuals and their families to thrive, you will find a great career at CFASA. We welcome the unique contributions future staff can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, color, religion, different abilities, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

Principles of person-centered and family-centered care are embraced.  The successful candidate will focus on building skills – for example, self-help and adaptive skills, functional physical and motor development, sensory processing, and play and leisure.

Programming is provided through home-based services and utilizes an innovative and integrated community-based delivery model.

The Centre sees itself as a learning organization and welcomes experienced occupational therapists as well as new graduates who are excited for a rich opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team focusing on autism.

New graduates will receive:

  • Enhanced training, including high levels of supervision and mentorship opportunities
  • Paid professional development
  • Strong team dynamic, both amongst OTs and with other disciplines

 

Experienced Occupational Therapists will receive:

  • Paid professional development
  • Opportunities to build skill sets for facilitating presentations and groups
  • Opportunities to join research projects

 

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in a multi-disciplinary team through the provision of expertise in occupational therapy
  • Select and conduct standardized/non-standardized assessments to guide clinical practice
  • Consultation with partners (e.g., caregivers, school personnel) on programming that supports participation
  • Implementation and evaluation of functional plans that support caregiver/parent and child participation
  • Maintain current knowledge on best practices in occupational therapy as it relates to Autistic individuals
  • Collaborate with the clinical team in the development of individualized programming
  • Perform visits to review and implement programming regularly
  • Support the development and implementation of goals across contexts (school, home, and community)
  • Collect and summarize clinical data to inform clinical practice
  • Recommend the purchase of program materials and supplies as related to individualized needs
  • Support training of paraprofessionals (orientation, individualized training on OT programming)
  • Coach, problem solve, and mentor paraprofessionals and families on individualized programming
  • Contribute toward educational opportunities across partners
  • Anticipate, assess, and report risk management issues to the appropriate supervisor
  • Develop, facilitate, and lead occupational therapy groups as required
  • Prepare and/or contribute to critical incident reports as required

 

Qualifications:

  • Registration with the appropriate occupational therapy regulatory organization
  • Member of Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
  • Knowledge and/or understanding of: Behavioural intervention programs, direct teaching strategies, Pivotal Response Treatment, theory and principles of child development, early childhood services
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated crisis assessment and intervention skills
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Clean Criminal Record Check
  • Clean Child Welfare Check
  • Valid certification in Child and Infant CPR and First Aid

 

Apply to: Human Resources by mail, e-mail or fax:
E-mail: humanresources@centreforautism.ab.ca
Fax: 780-488-6664 (confirm fax transmission at 780-488-6600)

 

Centre for Autism Services Alberta

#1, 9353 – 50 Street NW

Edmonton, AB

T6B 2L5

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    Questions? Email humanresources@centreforautism.ab.ca