Mental Health Clinician – 22.5 hours/week, Permanent

July 25th, 2022

Family Health Teams (FHT) use a patient-centered approach to primary care that brings together doctors, mental health clinicians, nurse practitioners, registered dietitians, registered nurses, registered practical nurses and pharmacists to coordinate the highest possible quality of care for patients- when they need it – as close to home as possible. FHTs, in collaboration with Family Health Organizations, are a key component of Ontario’s healthcare plan to reduce wait times, improve access to primary care and keep Ontarians healthy.


The Mental Health Clinician is an integral part of a multidisciplinary team who provides psychosocial assessment, a range of psychosocial/psychiatric treatments/interventions, psychosocial health education, crisis intervention, and advocacy on behalf of rostered and referred patients within the Family Health Team. This position will be located in Bridgenorth.

Major Responsibilities


  • Provides bio-psychosocial assessment of individual patients and their families
  • Coordinates referrals and facilitates access to other health care providers and community organizations
  • Initiates and provides a variety of treatments including supportive, psychotherapeutic, psycho-educational, and crisis interventions
  • Individual sessions are by phone, virtual and/or in-person and groups may be virtual or in-person
  • Assists in overcoming barriers within the healthcare system to ensure timely delivery of services
  • Monitors patient goals and outcomes through ongoing assessment and documentation of treatment progress
  • Participates in treatment planning with other team members as required
  • Facilitates clinical groups and services when needed
  • Provides cognitive behavioural and supportive therapy to identified patients as required to effect change
  • Consults with team members and external professionals involved in the care of patients as required
  • Liaises and consults with other agencies/programs/services as required
  • Participates in case presentations/reviews and discussions from the mental health perspective within the team
  • Advocates on behalf of patients in their care


  • Maintains an organized appointment schedule
  • Monitors and manages referrals from the team
  • Maintains workload measures data as required
  • Participates in evaluations processes as required
  • Maintains up-to-date charting on the patient within the team medical record
  • Completes documentation required to facilitate care for the patient (reports, referrals, forms, etc)
  • Actively participates in the functioning of the team (business meetings, CQI, etc.)
  • Participates in mental health program planning and development within the team or externally as appropriate in order to facilitate integration of services
  • Regular attendance to all FHT/FHO meetings is mandatory.


  • Maintains current discipline specific standards of practice in line with the professional college
  • Establishes and implements an annual plan for professional development in order to maintain evidence-informed clinical skills
  • Participates in local educational presentations
  • Accesses formal/informal supervision or peer consultation
  • Maintains awareness and understanding of current Mental Health legislation and Privacy legislation

Other Related Duties:

  • Contributes to the team by performing related tasks as required 
  • Complies with all Privacy Legislation
  • Assists in training and orientation of new staff
  • Demonstrates basic computer skills or willing to learn 
  • Maintains registration with appropriate college or HPRAC

Job Context and Working Conditions

  • Indoors and a controlled environment
  • Occasional travel
  • Coordinate and leads others
  • Various contacts with others
  • Important to be accurate and exact
  • Consequence of error can range from moderate to severe

Hours of Work

Hours of service are generally pre-established Monday to Friday per the employment contract and may require some evening work to meet patient need (i.e., for groups and services).  


  • 3+ years clinical experience in the community
  • Bachelor of Social Work is an asset (Master of Social Work is preferred)
  • OCSWSSW registration or M.ED/MA in Counselling Psychology
  • CRPO registration
  • Experience leading groups is an asset
  • Addition training/experience also considered an asset:
    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
    • Trauma Informed Approach
  • Comfort level and experience working with issues across a broad spectrum
  • Other degrees will be considered; however, you must belong to a related professional college.

Additional benefits of joining the Peterborough Family Health Team

  • A provincial leader among Family Health Teams in Ontario
  • Excellent team/office environment
  • Multidisciplinary team expertise
  • Organizational commitment to work-life balance
  • Optional dental and health benefits 
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Healthcare spending account
  • EAP Program
  • HOOPP Pension Plan

The Peterborough Family Health Team are leaders in advocating for full vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and its variants, for persons who are medically able to receive the vaccination. All applicants should know that PFHT employees are expected to support this position.

Interested candidates can email their resume and cover letter to by the application deadline.

  • Application deadline: August 9, 2022
  • Hours: 0.6 FTE – 22.5 hrs/week
  • Expected start date: August 29, 2022
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: $71,233 – $77,844 per year based on fulltime equivalent

The Peterborough Family Health Team is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. The Peterborough Family Health Team offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes.

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