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Psychiatrist, CMHA

Aurora, Ontario
No deadline noted

Reporting to:

  • Neil Howard, Director of Programs (Primary)
  • Karen Hicks, Director of Programs

Position Summary:

The Psychiatrist will oversee psychiatric services throughout CMHA. Direct service will be delivered to the: Flexible Support, Early Psychosis, Rapid Access and Mental Health & Justice Programs.

As a member of this multidisciplinary team, you will provide psychiatric and medical assessment and treatment; relevant education and training of staff; contribute to treatment plans; supervision of medication; and implement psychiatric and medical treatment policies and procedures. Service delivery will be to clients both within and outside the office.

Service delivery will generally occur at the CMHA Aurora location. On an ongoing basis we will assess client distribution patterns and if required service will be provided at other CMHA office locations. To the best of our ability, we will encourage OTN for clients living in the rural areas of our catchment area.

Major Services and Responsibilities:

  • The priority of this position is to provide direct services to clients (patients), it recognized that sufficient time must also be available for the administrative duties (eg. Clinical notes, program meetings, education activities, etc.)
  • Provide both clinic based care and some mobile care with support from other staff as required.
  • Be current in emerging best practice in the treatment and support of persons with serious mental illness, substance abuse and mild to moderate mood disorders.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with primary health care physicians.
  • Conduct psychiatric assessment including psychiatric history, course of illness, response to treatment, mental status examination, diagnoses and present at team meetings as required.
  • Prescribe psychotropic medications and conduct regular assessments of therapeutic responses and side effects and educate, where required, clients regarding psychotropic medications and side effects.
  • Collaborate with the other medical staff (i.e., RPN, RN, NP, psychiatrist) in assessment of client physical health, making appropriate referrals to community physicians for further assessment and treatment.
  • Provide education to the program staff as needed.
  • Support clients in crisis through: assessment, treatment and support.
  • Support the hospital admission process, either directly or indirectly, and collaborate where appropriate with the hospital inpatient team around treatment and discharge planning.
  • Create and maintain current client records. Will include documentation on psychiatric assessments, progress notes and discharge notes which will be kept in the client data base (i.e., CRMS).  
  • Assist with program planning and development as required.

To Apply or for more information, please contact Natasha Pollard at or 416-237-1500 ext 222.

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