Psychologist Discovery Day Prg

Work Area: 
Eating Disorders Program
Base Site: 
St Paul's Hospital
Regular Part Time
Job Category: 
Acute Care Hospital
Mental Health
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


Reporting to the Program Director, Mental Health, and under the clinical direction of the Professional Practice Leader, the Psychologist, Discovery Day Program is in charge of psychological services for the Discovery Day Program at the St. Paul’s Hospital site, part of the Eating Disorders Program (Mental Health Program). The Psychologist, Discovery Day Program works within the context of a client and family centered care model and in accordance with the established standards of professional practice of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and within the vision and values of the organization. The Psychologist, Discovery Day Program is responsible for the development, management and provision of psychology services within the Discovery Day Program including supervision of staff in addition to providing individual and group therapy to clients.


Knowledge of therapeutic, diagnostic and consultation techniques. Knowledge of psychology assessment and treatment methods and tools. Knowledge of evidence based psychological practice. Ability to function as a team member, leader and facilitator. Ability to communicate with and deal effectively with co-workers, clients and their families, both one-on-one and in groups. Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others. Ability to teach and provide clinical supervision. Ability to establish workload priorities in collaboration with others. Physical ability to perform the duties of the position. Ability to operate related equipment including personal computer and related word processing and spreadsheet software.


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from an accredited University, plus one year supervised internship. Two (2) years recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.


Coordinates the development, management and provision of psychology services within the Discovery Day Program through methods such as analyzing treatment needs and establishing and maintaining policies, procedures and guidelines. Oversees the day-to-day functioning of the Discovery Day Program through methods such as coordinating the Discovery Day Program schedule and guidelines, client wait list and admissions and discharges. Supervises assigned staff through methods such as reviewing workload assignments and adjusting schedules according to workload to ensure that staff levels meet operational requirements; evaluates staff performance. Establishes priorities and provides guidance and clinical advice through methods such as facilitating resolutions to work issues and monitoring operations/clinical activities to ensure departmental standards are met and safety procedures are followed. Forwards information on unresolved work issues to Program Director for action. Recruits staff through methods such as identifying vacancies, processing required internal paperwork, interviewing applicants and making recommendations to the Program Director or designate for selection. Participates in the short and long-term planning for the Eating Disorders Program through methods such as evaluating the effectiveness of treatment within the Discovery Day Program, identifying opportunities for change and formulating recommendations for quality improvement to ensure optimal outcomes are met. Provides a variety of administrative duties in support of the overall Eating Disorders budget by performing duties such as monitoring and controlling expenditures within the Discovery Day Program against approved budgets to ensure adherence to projections and reports variances to the Program Director or designate. Completes psychological assessments of referred clients through methods such as reviewing client history, gathering information from the referral source/client/other relevant persons, interviewing clients, conducting or supervising testing and developing/determining most effective methods of treatment to improve client health status. Completes discharge summaries when client leaves the Discovery Day Program. Provides individual and group psychotherapy to clients within the Discovery Day Program including developing and implementing didactic and experiential group modules. Provides meal support to clients. Liaises with external agencies in the care of clients throughout the healthcare continuum by methods such as following up with outside agencies including education institutions, health care facilities and related agencies. Organizes treatment plans, participates in case management and attends internal and external interdisciplinary meetings to ensure continuity of care of clients. Attends clinical/case conferences as a member of an interdisciplinary team for client reviews, admissions and discharges. Duties include providing input from a psychology perspective on a variety of care issues related to the client, and program effectiveness to ensure proper and effective treatment of the client. Maintains client records through methods such as documenting client participation in the Program, most effective treatment, charting client information and psychological findings, preparing progress notes and psychological reports in accordance with established standards, and policies and procedures to meet regulatory requirements and document for future reference. Provides formal and informal consultation to staff/community psychologists, other multidisciplinary team members of the hospital, other health care facilities, and students. Duties include reviewing client/family needs or a specific client’s progress, problem solving and providing guidance/knowledge in the management of a client or client group and information regarding the appropriate usage of psychology assessment and testing tools to facilitate a conducive learning environment and ongoing staff development. Provides clinical teaching and supervision to Residents, Post Doctoral Fellows and other applicable students from a psychological perspective by performing duties such as planning and organizing area assignment, monitoring clinical teaching and skill development, and providing evaluations to appropriate individuals to facilitate a conducive learning environment and professional expertise. Maintains knowledge of current developments in Psychology Services, specifically as it relates to eating disorders by methods such as reviewing literature, consulting with clinical and community experts, evaluating clinical practice and referral systems, and attending professional development activities to meet regulatory requirements of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, recommend new practices, and contribute to improvement in care. Participates in team research activities through methods such as identifying research questions and participating in collecting relevant data for inclusion in research papers. Attends a variety of meetings and rounds as a Discovery Day Program and/or Eating Disorders Program representative to provide input and/or receive information and participate in decision making. Performs other related duties as assigned.