Community Occupational Therapist, Surrey Mental Health Centre

  • Full Time
  • Surrey

Fraser Health



Salary range: The salary range for this position is CAD $42.56 – $52.95 / hour Why Fraser Health?:

Fraser Health continues to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers, are you someone who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others?


Fraser Health is the second largest health system in Canada with over 45,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers, and is the largest of five regional health authorities in British Columbia, providing hospital and community-based health services to nearly 2 million people in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Relief Full-Time Community Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitations & Recovery Services working out of Mental Health & Substance Use Services located in Surrey, British Columbia. Position goes until May 31, 2025.



We are looking for applicants with;

  • Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC)
  • Valid B.C. Class 5 Driver’s License
  • Access to a personal vehicle for business purposes

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Detailed Overview: Abiding by Fraser Health Policies and Procedures impacting rehabilitation and recovery services, and as a member of the interdisciplinary team, provides direct and indirect specialized occupational therapy services to clients of their area of practice using recognized occupational therapy tools and techniques. Services include client assessment, planning, group and individual interventions, and transition planning; consultation with and education for other professionals, contracted agencies and natural supports; and support services for clients and natural supports. The Occupational Therapist engages with individual clients and support systems as full collaborators in service planning, delivery, and evaluation; develops partnerships with community agencies to encourage client participation; focuses on occupational performance (person-occupation-environment) from a psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) perspective for mental health program clients; provides input into the evaluation of process and outcomes to ensure quality of services; participates in joint planning with team members for overall service delivery to clients, and works collaboratively with MHSU staff, agencies, and community service providers. This position may be required to work at more than one location within an assigned geographical area. Responsibilities:

  • Screens and assesses client’s functional capacity, occupational performance, and environmental supports to make appropriate referrals by reporting client’s occupational profile, skills, limitations, support needs, and goals.
  • Reviews relevant clinical information and discusses the referral with the team including the client, their case manager and agencies involved by interviewing the client, significant others, and other professionals and services to determine the appropriate use of assessment tools. Conducts home assessments/community visits as required.
  • Analyses and reviews assessment results with the client to determine a course of action, and provides verbal and written assessment reports to the case manager and other relevant stakeholders such as housing support staff.
  • Assists client and agency to determine the best method of achieving the desired results; supports client orientation to the service, and provides ongoing support and advice to both client and agency. Where necessary, refers clients to other services.
  • Provides individual and group treatment with selected clients of the mental health program by collaborating with inter-professional team members to determine recovery priorities and goals, and providing group leadership/co-leadership to meet psycho-education, skill development, and other needs.
  • Identifies appropriate Frame of Reference for intervention/treatment and reviews assessment results; develops treatment goals with the client and treatment team, identifies resources required for treatment, including tests, materials and equipment, initiates the required funding requests, and provides individual treatments as required to restore, develop, or maintain occupational performance/functional responsibilities.
  • Applies psychosocial rehabilitation approach with mental health program clients/consumers to facilitate client’s effective entry and participation in psychosocial rehabilitation, education, employment, and leisure programs, and provides information to assist case managers in facilitating the client’s effective rehabilitation.
  • Supports overall service delivery of the program through joint planning, responding to team priorities, and providing verbal and written reports regarding the progress towards program goals to the team coordinator.
  • Reviews programs, identifies program strengths, and recommends improvements; plans, develops and coordinates the development of rehabilitation programs in consultation and collaboration with clients, team members, other professionals, service providers and families; identifies current resources and service gaps, determines priorities for service needs, service goals, evaluation tools and procedures. Provides input regarding program budgets and/or purchases as requested.
  • Represents their program, service area, or profession on Fraser Health and local committees on the development of rehabilitation policy, program planning and standards. Identifies current best practice service delivery models.
  • Coordinates rehabilitation resources, including but not limited to, Peer Support, Therapeutic Volunteer and Rehabilitation Fund programs.
  • In consultation with the Clinical Instructor and Manager, reviews the services of contracted rehabilitation programs by identifying strengths and areas which need improvement, strengthening existing partnerships and if necessary recommends corrective action, and developing new partnerships to provide rehabilitative services.
  • Collaborates with community agencies and communicates to provide specialized information regarding roles and services, and to support capacity development of programs and services for the client group. Ensures a coordinated approach to service provision and effective use of resources.
  • Acts as a consultant/resource regarding psychosocial rehabilitation to community agencies and services funded by Mental Health Services to provide rehabilitation, and to those that provide education, training, employment services and recreation services to Mental Health consumers.
  • Acts as an occupational therapy resource to other occupational therapists, rehabilitation assistants, and students by assisting with orientation and demonstrating procedures regarding rehabilitation and recovery. Provides occupational therapy information and in-services to other members of the health care team.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Education and Experience


Current full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC).



Valid B.C. Class V Driver’s License and access to a personal vehicle for business purposes.


Skills and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of current psychiatric rehabilitation, psychosocial approaches, and recovery practices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the major categories of mental illness and their appropriate rehabilitation treatments.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • Demonstrated ability to use activity analysis to assess occupational performance and modify the activity, environment, or supports to enable occupation.
  • Ability to utilize outcome measurement tools.
  • Demonstrated leadership and presentation skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively in a community team setting, as well as independently.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, families and other members of the health care team and community agencies.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work.
  • Ability to problem-solve and exercise sound clinical reasoning.
  • Ability to operate related equipment including applicable software applications.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.