Website Queens University
Reporting to the Clinical Practice Lead, the occupational therapist provides educational, clinical, and consultative support to students to enable participation in social and academic life. The occupational therapist will work with the Student Wellness Services team and faculty and staff to support students with disabilities, illness, injury or extenuating circumstances in their efforts to attain their educational and personal objectives. The occupational therapist will assess functional limitations and work with students in individual and group contexts to decrease barriers to full participation. The occupational therapist will work closely with other service providers to ensure efficient intake and movement through the service, and to provide referrals as needed. In this integrated role, the occupational therapist supports all members of the inter-professional Student Wellness Services team.
- Provide individual and group-based programming related to all aspects of wellness and the development of practical strategies and skills to improve physical and mental health.
- Liaise with faculty and staff and Faculty / School offices regarding any accommodations students may need based on functional limitations.
- Provide consultation and direction to campus partners to ensure a streamlined service for students.
- Provide consultation and direction by phone, email or in person to ensure students access the service best suited to meet their needs in a timely manner.
- Provide direct occupational therapy services to students, including assessment of both physical and mental health issues, short term intervention, program planning and implementation with timely documentation
- Conduct intake assessments of personal, environmental, and occupational factors and their impact on the student’s occupational performance.
- Formulate goals and recommendations, and provide short-term follow-up.
- Meet with students to support them in increasing understanding of their disability, illness or injury and its impact on their well-being and participation in social and academic life.
- Provide short term rehabilitative services to students with injuries.
- Conduct functional assessment for students with disabilities to supplement documentation provided to Queen’s Student Accessibility Services, and provide recommendations for academic accommodations
- Provide drop-in support to students with extenuating circumstances including short term academic accommodations, and referral to other supports and services.
- Well developed problem-solving, prioritization and conflict resolution skills
- Excellent judgement and analytical skills and ability to respond to crisis situations in a calm and effective manner.
- Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.
- A solid understanding of students’ experience in post-secondary educational environments.
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team environment
- Strong skills in human service and advocacy work.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills, to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals, including students, parents, faculty, staff and university administrators.
- Ability to work under pressure within a changing environment.
- Excellent bio-psycho-social and health assessment skills.
Qualification & Experience:
- Three years relevant experience providing services to individuals with disabilities, injuries or illness – including both physical and mental health related.
- Experience in successfully navigating and engaging with institutional systems, services and supports in a university environment would be considered an asset.
- Knowledge of and ability to apply psychosocial rehabilitation and occupational therapy principles and practices as they relate to individuals within a student-centred approach.
- Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of disability, functional impairments and limitations and the impact on academic and social functioning.
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training an asset.
- Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy and current unrestricted registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario required. Membership in CAOT or similar association is desired.
- Experience working with post-secondary aged populations and particularly adolescents and young adults.
Company: Queens University
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Oakville, CA
Application Deadline: N/A