University of Alberta

Adult Psychiatrist - Psychiatric Outpatient Therapy Group Program, Grey Nuns Community Hospital

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Department of Psychiatry

Competition No.  -    A104428449
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Covenant Health, in partnership with Alberta Health Services and the University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry, invites applications for an Adult Psychiatrist within the Department of Addictions & Mental Health at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta.

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Faculty has been internationally recognized as among the world’s top 50 medical schools and as one of Canada’s premier health-education institutions. Alberta Health Services is Canada’s largest and only provincial health region providing services for a population of over 3 million people.

Covenant Health is Canada’s largest Catholic provider of health care, with 22 Catholic facilities in 14 communities across Alberta. As a major provider in Alberta’s integrated health system, Covenant Health works with Alberta Health Services and community partners to positively influence the health of Albertans through a broad range of programs and services in our hospitals, health centres and continuing care centres.

The successful candidate will have an MD and must be eligible for licensure in the province of Alberta. Certification in Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) in Psychiatry are required.

The successful candidate will work in the Grey Nuns Psychiatric Outpatient therapy group program (POP). Key accountabilities of this position will include:

  • Performing the role of group therapist
  • Conducting family interviews
  • Diagnosing patients
  • Liaising with referral sources and community agencies
  • Participating in observation, teaching, and feedback
  • Familiarity with short term and solution focused therapy, object relations, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural and other related models such as attachment, acceptance based, etc.
  • Completing a psychodynamic assessment on patients and documents also presents at team conference as appropriate
  • Formulating treatment plan in collaboration with patients and team
  • Monitoring and documenting progress weekly according to collaborative treatment plan
  • Documenting discharge summary and forwards copies to referring agents or those involved in follow up care
  • Demonstrating expertise in group psychotherapy treatment modalities - cognitive, experiential, insight
  • Demonstrating advanced and applied understanding of psychotherapy group dynamics
  • Recognizing defense mechanisms and transference and countertransference issues as they arise in groups and process therapeutically
  • Is able to facilitate conflict resolution in groups
  • Inviting and incorporating feedback from co-therapists
  • Recognizing and working with the influence of family of origin and other significant events on the health status and functioning of patient
  • Assessing in collaboration with patient discharge needs and assisting in matching resources to patients
  • Recognizing the roles and relationships among the interdisciplinary team and how team dynamics influence patients
  • Demonstrating the ability to process within the context of the team and co-therapy relationships
  • Providing psychiatric medical outpatient assessment and treatment as necessary; communicating treatment plan with following physician on discharge
  • Potentially certifying patients, in crisis or emergency situation, under the Mental Health Act
  • Providing physician on call coverage as a part of the Psychiatry staff group
  • Attending monthly physician meetings


There may also be an opportunity to do Consultation/Liaison with the Neurology program in the stroke and headache clinic.

Remuneration will be based on the Fee-for-Service (FFS) schedule.

The successful applicant will be expected to apply for a Clinical Academic Colleague Appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta, which will be considered under a separate process through the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

Interested candidates are asked to submit online a letter of intent, curriculum vitae and three references to:

Dr. Jan Banasch
Facility Chief, Addictions & Mental Health
Grey Nuns Community Hospital, Covenant Health


Applications will begin being reviewed on February 8, 2016; however, the competition will remain open until the position is filled.

The City of Edmonton, with a growing population of over one million, is the cosmopolitan capital of Alberta known as “The City of Festivals”.  With an abundance of services, a beautiful river valley, a multitude of community activities and attractive and financially reasonable living accommodation options, our energetic city has something for everyone.  For further details about our vibrant city, please visit

Details about the University of Alberta, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the Department of Medicine can be found on the Faculty’s Home Page at

Details about Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health can be found at and

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta, Covenant Health, and Alberta Health Services hire on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

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