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July 5 2022
Categories Govt., NPO, Social & Community Work, Health, Medical, IP, Patents, Trademarks, Legal, Paralegal, Population Health, Social Work, Counselling, Psychology, Therapy Services
Toronto, ON
The Ministry of the Attorney General is looking for two experienced Therapists to develop and create leading edge mental health strategies and resources to enable an inclusive and psychologically safe workplace for the Criminal Law Division. These positions will form part of the new Mental Health Support Unit supporting frontline court workers in the Ministry of the Attorney General.

The Criminal Law Division is a large geographically dispersed operation with approximately 1,800 staff. The Division provides legal representation for the Crown in right of Ontario in all criminal matters. It is responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases before all courts in the province including Northern fly-in communities. The Division also has a responsibility for special prosecutions and criminal appeals, including the preparation and argument of appeals to the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada, and the development of Crown policies and practices, and the provision of advice to police. The Criminal Law Division has a responsibility to ensure public safety, through the effective and efficient prosecution of crime.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

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What can I expect to do in this role?

• Provide self-initiated therapy and mental health counselling support to staff on complex/stressful workplace scenarios that involve mental illness or mental health challenges.
• Promote evidence-based mental health tools and practices related to compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
• Develop and enhance tools and training programs related to workplace mental health and wellness.
• Consult with executive leaders and make referrals to other service providers.

How do I qualify?


• Successful completion of a master's degree in psychology, social work, or other related field from an accredited university.
• These positions require a willingness and ability to travel and provide after-hours support for employees on an as needed basis (i.e., crisis support, critical incidents).

Technical Knowledge

• You have expert knowledge and demonstrated success developing, managing, and providing psychological interventions and programs related to workplace psychological health.
• You have knowledge of relevant legislation, including the Ontario Human Rights Code, Occupational Health and Safety Act, CSA Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the workplace and Public Health Information Protection Act as they relate to workplace psychological health.
• You have knowledge of the science, theories and ethical principles guiding the professional practice of therapy and/or counselling psychology.
• You have demonstrated experience in providing individual therapy/counselling psychology to address a broad range of emotional, behavioural, and mental health issues related to compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorders.
• You have an interest in, and the ability to acquire an understanding of the justice sector, including criminal prosecutions and criminal justice organizational cultures.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

• You are able to build trust, establish credibility and maintain strict confidentiality using strong communication and listening skills with an open-minded, non-judgmental approach.
• Advanced communication and presentation skills to brief senior leaders and executives.
• Ability to acquire knowledge and understanding of legal terminology when providing services to legal and other professional staff.

Program Development and Analytical Skills

• You have demonstrated experience formulating mental health and wellness strategies.
• You have demonstrated experience developing treatment plans that proactively and/or reactively contribute to an individual's positive emotional well-being.
• You have demonstrated experience conducting therapy, psychological counselling and evaluations related to vicarious trauma.
• You are able to engage with business professionals and legal staff working in specialized areas associated with high levels of stress (i.e., human trafficking, homicide, sexual assault, internet child exploitation, etc.).
• You can conduct mental health assessments associated with the prosecution work of various criminal offences.
• You have analytical skills to determine the most appropriate diagnostic approaches and alternatives for individuals. network