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Grand River Hospital

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Grand River Hospital (GRH) provides a wide range of care programs and services, Advancing Exceptional Care in the provision of 15 patient care programs at the KW and Freeport campuses located in Kitchener, and smaller satellites located in Guelph and the Palmerston areas. The KW campus houses our primary acute care services and is located in downtown Kitchener. It offers a fast-paced environment in an urbanized setting. The hospital’s Freeport campus is the home of the specialized mental health program, complex continuing care and rehabilitation, outpatient services and breast screening. Located in the south of Kitchener close to Highway 401, Freeport has evolved over a century to become a key care site for patients in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

Position:  Music Therapist - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Region:  Kitchener-Waterloo & Area


At Grand River Hospital, we work with the communities we serve towards life-long health and well-being for all. We exist to provide exceptional care through inspired people, one patient at a time. Our Mental Health & Addictions Program strives to deliver exceptional patient experience, excellent patient access, and engaged staff. If you are a Music Therapist, we would like you to become a part of our team. 

Reporting to the Clinical Managers of the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, you will work with our inpatient and outpatient interdisciplinary services. Within the context of a patient centered care model, within the vision and values of Grand River Hospital, and in accordance with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy’s (CAMT) standards of professional practice, your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:


• Develops, implements, and evaluates client treatment plans and provides music therapy to promote, maintain, and restore patient’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health
• Works effectively with members of the multidisciplinary teams and participates in multidisciplinary team meetings, provides formal and informal consultations to other staff/community music therapists and supervises and evaluates the work activities of music therapy practicum students and interns
• Collaborates with others regarding operational issues and concerns; liaises with the Professional Practice Director regarding practice issues 
Participates in service committees and quality improvement initiatives as required
• Engages in professional development and continuing education
• Assists with program development and evaluation as required Participates in team building, service development and improvement activities striving to contribute to a healthy workplace environment
• Other duties as assigned


• Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from an accredited University
• Advanced musical training, BMus preferred, recommended grade 9 RCM on principal instrument
• Experience in child & adolescent mental health and basic understanding of frequently used assessment procedures, treatment plans and fundamental psychological theories
• Basic understanding of addictions and recovery philosophy
• Accredited OR pursuing accreditation with the CAMT
• Membership in CAMT and/or Music Therapy Association of Ontario (MTAO)
• Pursuing membership with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
• Demonstrated ability to provide music therapy to patients
• CAMNT internship supervision training an asset
• Demonstrated maturity and excellent interpersonal skills
• Broad knowledge of music therapy theory and practice, harmony, theory and history, improvisation styles, solo/ensemble playing, composition and conducting
• Basic training in psychotherapy, basic counseling skills
• Demonstrated ability to provide individualized music therapy treatment plans as well as clinical progress reports for individuals within the mental health client population
• Demonstrated ability to carry out in-service music therapy education for other GRH staff.
• Demonstrated ability to deal with conflict situations 
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
• Demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary team setting 
• Basic computer literacy with word processing and database skills 
• Willingness to investigate music from different cultures as it relates to current patient population
• Willingness to pursue continuing education as clinician and musician
• Proven ability to work effectively with other health care providers and community service and school board providers
• Excellent organizational, time-management, prioritization and problem-solving abilities
• Proven to have strong interpersonal skills and written and verbal communication skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft word with strong keyboarding skills 
• Good attendance record

Salary:  To be discussed

Terms of Employment:  Monday – Wednesday (3 days) 7.5 Hour Shifts

Deadline for Application:  Friday, September 21, 2018

How to Apply:  Upon individual request, the hospital will endeavour to remove any barrier to the hiring process to accommodate those candidates with disabilities. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application, interview or selection processes, please contact Human Resources or your Recruitment Specialist for assistance.

Grand River Hospital is committed to providing and fostering a respectful workplace for all employees, free from violence and harassment.

Grand River Hospital requires all new hires to submit a valid Criminal Record Check that may include a Vulnerable Sector Screen prior to start date.

Location:  Kitchener

Profession Type:  Support Services/Operations (Food Service, IT)

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