Status: Independent Contractor
Hours: 2 days a week (Flexible)
About Surrey Place:
At Surrey Place we help children and adults living with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and visual impairments reach their full potential. We offer a variety of groups and workshops for clients, families and caregivers, as well as extensive education and consultation services to community agencies.
Our comprehensive programs and services range from assessment, diagnosis, and one-on-one treatment, to family counselling and group support and is provided by a broad network of clinicians and professionals. Surrey Place is accredited with Accreditation Canada and is affiliated with the University of Toronto and other academic institutions and is a teaching site for students in a variety of health care professions.
Surrey Place employs nearly 500 employees, with 12 locations in the GTA and we also provide video-conferencing services to communities in northwestern Ontario.
Position Background and Summary:
Surrey Place was recently approved to receive Ministry of Health funding through an Alternate Payment Plan (APP). This funding will not only address the significant unmet needs for individuals living with an Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD), but also expand service provision while decreasing wait-times and creating additional capacity.
We are accepting applications for a child psychiatrist with a background or interest in neurodevelopmental disorders to work with an interdisciplinary team in the Treatment Research and Education for Autism and Developmental Disorders (TRE-ADD) Program treating complex youth with challenging behaviours. This position is responsible for providing psychiatric/medical evaluation, diagnosis and medication management services in an outpatient clinic setting and will report to the Chief of Medical Staff at Surrey Place. The position would be part-time, but with potential to expand into other clinical consultation activities at Surrey Place.
TRE-ADD is a state-of-the-art interdisciplinary day treatment program for youth with ASD and ID. The program orientation is based on 3 pillars: Applied Behaviour Analysis, Neuropsychiatry, and Education. The program is delivered in 5 community schools across the GTA, in partnership with local school boards. Clients are all school age and must have severe challenging behaviours in order to be admitted. Treatment classrooms are densely staffed, and the interdisciplinary team includes front-line support in addition to dedicated nursing, psychology, and social work. Clients are typically admitted for 1 to 2 academic years before transitioning back to a community school setting.
- Assessment and management of mental health issues in children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Lead psychiatrist on the interdisciplinary team, with nursing and the TRE-ADD treatment program for youth with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and IDD.
- Provide medical expertise in the TRE-ADD program leadership group.
- Participation in regular interprofessional conferences regarding clients being referred or those in treatment.
- Most responsible psychiatrist for up to 24 youth admitted to TRE-ADD. Clinical activities related to this role include:
- Comprehensive neurodevelopmental and psychiatric evaluation of each client being considered for admission
- Contribute to interdisciplinary formulation and treatment plan, including joint reports
- Development of a psychiatric treatment plan and oversee psychopharmacological treatment for all TRE-ADD clients
- Regular classroom observations of all clients, as well as additional meetings as required with family or other providers
- Primary liaison to community psychopharmacology treatment before and after admission
- Participation in regular interdisciplinary conferences for all clients.
- Consultation/clinical support availability to staff
- Participate in healthcare professional education opportunities (undergraduate, postgraduate, and lifelong learning) as part of the inter-professional team role
- Collaboration with physician colleagues regarding clerk and resident training and supervision
- Advocating and building capacity in regional mental health teams, hospitals and Ontario Health Teams.
- Certified or eligible for certification by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) or have comparable qualifications with a speciality certification in psychiatry or equivalent designation.
- Hold an MD, MBBS or the equivalent and will have advanced training and experience in child psychiatry beyond residency.
- At least 2 years’ experience as a practicing psychiatrist working with children & adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- The successful candidate will be eligible for an academic appointment at the University of Toronto (U of T).
- Superior relationship building ability and leadership in fostering a positive and supportive organizational culture.
- Ability to bring teams together in a collaborative manner and support on-going cohesiveness in a complex and dynamic environment.
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral, communication skills when interacting with clients, staff, community members.
- Effective organizational, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills
- Experience working with culturally diverse and marginalized populations.
- Demonstrated experience in program leadership and development.
- Able to communicate proficiently in English. Proficiency in communicating in a second language is an asset
- The successful candidate must provide an acceptable Police Records Check (Vulnerable Sector Screening)
Other relevant information:
- Renumeration will be from clinical OHIP Billings and a stipend for the time needed for clinical non OHIP billable and capacity building activities.
- The successful candidate will require an academic appointment at the U of T.
To be considered for this position, you must be passionate about the work we do and share our organizational values. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and resume with the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Alvin Loh, Medical Chief of Staff, Surrey Place, 2 Surrey Place, Toronto, ON M5S 2C2, 416 925 5141 x2335, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Surrey Place is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. If you are contacted for an interview and require accommodation appropriate arrangements will be made to assist you through this process. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
For more information on Surrey Place visit www.surreyplace.ca