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Casual (Hourly) Clinical Research Therapist, Psychiatry

Job ID: 31269
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated March 27, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Overview

The Department of Psychiatry in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for three (3) Casual (hourly) Clinical Research Therapist(s). This Fixed Term Casual - Hourly position (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator.

The Clinical Research Associate will act as a study therapist for projects involving psychiatric clinical populations and/or drug interventions (cannabinoids, psychedelic compounds) with psychotherapy. This individual will mainly support a clinical trial exploring the effectiveness of psilocybin for the treatment of alcohol use disorder with the opportunity to support additional studies.
Must be able to work flexible hours to accommodate patient schedules and study protocol (i.e., 6-8 hour dosing session followed by a 2 hour psychotherapy session the following day). 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Provide psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy according to a protocol-based, structured manual
  • Facilitate preparatory work (e.g., a total of 8hrs over a period of 2-3 weeks) with a participant to build trust and rapport and discuss meaningful aspects of the participant’s life prior to medication administration
  • Educate study participants on the investigational compound, including potential side effects, duration of effects, and expectations during drug administration sessions
  • Together with a co-monitor, support study participants during drug administration sessions (up to 8hr sessions)
  • Facilitate subsequent therapy sessions at weekly intervals after drug administration according to protocol
  • Maintain accurate and complete patient clinical care documentation and adhere to study protocol at all times

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • MSc or PhD in Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Psychology or Counselling
  • Must be fully registered by a recognized provincial regulatory body
  • Minimum of 3-5 years working directly with patients in a medical/psychiatric clinic setting; experience with psychiatric clinical populations essential
  • Experience with Motivational Interviewing or Motivational Enhancement Therapy desirable
  • Experience and/or knowledge regarding psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy desirable
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled; however, applicants will be reviewed as they are received.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase 3.

For a listing of all management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Management and Staff Careers website

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