Saturday, May 3, 2014

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 1 Postdoctoral fellowship Psychotherapetic Intervention for Complex Mental Illness

The Complex Mental Illness (CMI) Program at CAMH, located primarily at 1001 Queen Street West in Toronto, is currently seeking to fill a 1 year (possibly 2 year) post-doctoral clinical fellowship focused on program development and enhancing best-practice in the treatment of complex mental illness, beginning in September 2014.

The CAMH CMI Program has a focus upon the development and evaluation of promising psychotherapeutic practices. This work has to date involved the development of group based CBT for psychosis, and the development of interventions addressing social cognition and mindfulness-based approaches to address both psychosis and concurrent addictions. Clinicians within the forensic stream of the CMI program have developed specialized groups targeting forensic issues (e.g., education regarding the Ontario Review Board), as well as broader treatment needs of this client group (e.g., anger and emotion regulation, interpersonal skills).

This post-doctoral fellowship will emphasize training in, and implementation of, client-centered best practice in the largest mental health facility in Canada, with a particular emphasis on cognitive behavioural interventions. The focus of this work will be on enhancing therapeutic programming in both inpatient and outpatient settings throughout the CMI Program at CAMH (in both the Schizophrenia and Forensic Divisions), and will include work in development of programming, program evaluation, and training and supervision of allied mental health staff. Participation in research and other scholarly activity will be encouraged, but not mandated. In addition, fellows will have access to didactic opportunities, such as through attendance at weekly grand rounds. Fellows will be provided with quality formal and informal supervision by licensed psychologists.

Qualified candidates will have a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and will have completed appropriate course work and internship training in psychotherapeutic interventions for individuals suffering with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and with forensic clients. Prior training in CBT for psychosis and strong clinical skills are necessary qualifications, and previous experience in program development and evaluation of clinical interventions is a definite asset. Previous experience in providing clinical supervision is not required, but would be a definite asset. The fellow will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and effective communication as well as complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements.

Fellows must be licensed with the college of Psychologists of Ontario or be ready for licensure under supervised practice (

This position has an annual full-time salary of $50,000. Two weeks of vacation as well as time for professional development will be granted (e.g. examinations, EPPP etc.).

Applicants for the position should send the following by email to
• Letter of interest
• Graduate Transcripts,
• Curriculum Vita,
• Three letters of reference

Applications will be accepted immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants are to contact Faye Doell, PhD., C.Psych., by telephone for additional information about the position (416-535-8501 ext. 2682). You can also email Dr. Stephanie Penney for all Forensic elements at