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Company Name:
The Alex
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Social Services
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Master's Degree

Mental Health Clinician

Mental Health Clinician– Ref. No. 19062

Pathways to Housing Program

Permanent | Full-Time 

The Alex: Changing Health. Changing Lives.  The Alex Community Health Centre is a not-for-profit organization that is changing how we look at health care in Calgary. Our health, housing and food programs support our most vulnerable neighbours, tackling tough health and social issues head-on.  Using a multi-disciplinary team approach, we focus care on assessment, intervention and promotion of all aspects of health. We embrace a model of health care that is accessible, responsive and participatory. In addition to the Community Health Centre, we run a Seniors Health Centre, a Youth Centre, two Mobile Community Health Buses, one Dental Health Bus, four Housing First Programs, a Community Food Centre and Youth Law. 

What we do and why we do it:

Pathways to Housing is a Housing First Program through The Alex that supports formerly homeless program participants with chronic and pervasive mental health issues. With a focus on harm reduction, this uniquely client-driven approach utilizes an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team.  ACT is an evidence-based practice model designed to provide treatment, rehabilitation and support services to individuals who are diagnosed with a severe mental illness and whose needs have not been well met by more traditional mental health services. The ACT team provides services directly to an individual that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each clients.

We are currently seeking a motivated, flexible, client-focused Mental Health Clinician to work as part of this innovative team. The full-time Mental Health Clinician is a key member of the Pathways team and is responsible for working with program clients using principles of psychiatric rehabilitation, and a variety of theoretical approaches to assist them in moving toward independent living in community residences.   The Mental Health Clinician ensures that rehabilitation and community integration are supported by offering individual evidence-based therapies in an outreach setting, facilitating skills and process groups, and assisting program participants in meeting basic needs. 

What you will do:

  • Collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team to provide services consistent with the ACT model
  • Participate in daily team meetings to review and plan program participant services
  • Complete required documentation in a timely and high quality manner
  • Conduct assessments and create individualized service plans
  • Use evidence based treatments in the areas of mental health and substance abuse to address participant needs (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care)
  • Work collaboratively with program participants, their families, and community partners to assist participants in achieving their treatment and recovery goals
  • Provide services to assist clients with needs such as housing, entitlements, employment, education, community integration, etc.
  • Facilitate group programming for clients using principles of psycho-education, CBT, and other evidence-based models 

What you bring:

  • Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Community Rehabilitation, or related field
  • Minimum two years of experience as a Mental Health Clinician
  • Eligible for registration with their professional discipline in Alberta
  • Social Workers must be authorized to perform psychosocial interventions
  • Knowledge of mental health/psychiatric conditions, substance abuse, and the Alberta Mental Health Act
  • Previous experience working with clients experiencing homelessness and poverty
  • Experience with community outreach and crisis intervention
  • Exceptional communication, organization, advocacy, teaching, and rapport-building skills
  • Commitment to innovation and flexibility
  • Knowledge of the Assertive Community Treatment [ACT] model
  • Previous experience working with clients with mental health and addictions disorders, homelessness, and poverty
  • Class 5 non-GDL driver’s license, a personal vehicle, and $2 million liability insurance are required
  • Current First Aid / CPR are required 

Why You Want to Work with Us: 

The Alex is an innovative and diverse organization which seeks to invest in its employees and see them succeed in their chosen careers.  If you are seeking a deeply rewarding, yet challenging career helping Calgary’s vulnerable populations, this might be the place for you!  

  • 3-paid weeks of Vacation
  • Paid Wellness and Personal Days
  • RRSP Matching after 6 months
  • Reimbursement of Professional Designation fees
  • Investment in Professional Development
  • Health and Lifestyle Enhancement benefit

How to apply:

If you are as passionate as we are about making a difference in people’s lives, please submit your resume to [email protected] and be sure to include the job title and reference number in the subject line.  Deadline to apply is Thursday August 29, 2019 at 4pmFor further information about The Alex and its programs, we encourage you to visit our website at 

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.