Psychologist (english and french)

August 1 2022
Industries Public administration
Categories Administration, Management, Health, Medical, Management staff, Social Work, Counselling, Psychology
Ottawa, ON

As a public servant working in the Ministry of the Solicitor General, you will lead with integrity, demonstrate professionalism, champion inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility and human rights, and strive for excellence. This is an exciting and intrinsically rewarding career within the Ontario Public Service (OPS), where you can assist the offender population in making significant changes in their lives.

We are seeking a bilingual psychological professional to assist in the delivery of psychological programs and services within the Probation and Parole community. If you are an outstanding individual with a passion for helping others, don't miss this exciting opportunity!

The Ministry of the Solicitor General offers a comprehensive and competitive compensation package, including:

  • A defined benefit pension plan
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits
  • A comprehensive health and dental plan
  • Life and disability insurance
  • A progressive work environment that promotes work/life balance
  • Flexible learning and developmental opportunities, including online education and mentorship programs
  • Opportunities for career advancement and specialization

The Ontario Public Service has been chosen as one of:

  • Canada's Top 100 Employers
  • Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers
  • Canada's Best Diversity Employers
  • Canada's Greenest Employers
  • Top Employers for Canadians Under 40

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy > and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint > pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

  • Design, manage & implement the Psychological Services for the Probation & Parole Services.
  • Perform clinical duties for the Probation & Parole Services, including planning, coordinating and/or supervising the delivery of psychological services.
  • Facilitate offender psychological rehabilitation by providing consultation and education to Probation/Parole Officers and those involved in rehabilitation programs and reintegration of offenders into the community.
  • Provide consultation, advice, and education to members of Probation & Parole Services regarding rehabilitation, and counselling needs, recommend new approaches to client care, and contribute to the evaluation of overall program effectiveness.
  • Assist in facility staff training, as required, and represent psychology on internal and external committees.

Location: Ottawa

How do I qualify?


  • You are registered in good standing as a Psychologist in the Province of Ontario and have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience
  • Proficiency in English and oral French at the advanced level

Specialized Knowledge and Skills

  • You have knowledge of science and practices of psychology, including a full range of psychotherapeutic and assessment techniques.
  • You are able to plan, conduct and coordinate psychological services, apply complex treatment techniques, and provide consultation and advice on diagnosis and treatment of offenders.
  • You have knowledge of forensic psychological theories, practices and procedures used in a correctional setting.
  • You have knowledge of policies and procedures, and provincial/federal statutes relating to the practice of psychology.
  • You have knowledge of program evaluation techniques in order to evaluate program effectiveness, e.g., effectiveness of specific treatment programs, which impact the formulation of treatment objectives of the facility, and to report observations to manager that may affect offender program activities.
  • You have knowledge of community resources/services and related regulations to make appropriate referrals, and advocate offender assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and integration into the community.

Communication, Consultation, and Interpersonal Skills

  • You have the ability to use specialized technical terminology to express and convey ideas in clear terms when communicating with Ministry staff at training sessions and with offenders.
  • You have discretion and sensitivity regarding the discussion of diagnosis, treatment and progress with the offenders, and in dealing with the families to obtain information.
  • You have persuasion skills to have offenders accept treatment and encourage offender acceptance of psychological services in the community.
  • You can maintain strong working relationships with Probation & Parole staff and staff of the community agencies.

Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills

  • You have analytical skills to determine the most appropriate diagnostic approaches from a range of alternatives, depending on offender history and current indicators.
  • You are able to provide diagnostic assessments based on the interpretation of tests, interviews and other methods.
  • You are able to formulate treatment and rehabilitation programs within the Probation & Parole setting, to enhance the well-being of the offender and recommend approaches to offender care.
  • You are able to evaluate the efficiency of treatment and rehabilitative activities or programs to identify effective solutions.

Other Essential Skills

  • You have the ability to organize, coordinate and supervise psychological services.
  • You have computer skills to operate Windows applications/software, including word processing, databases, e-mail and the internet, to communicate, input/retrieve data, prepare reports, evaluate psychological tests and maintain case documentation and statistics.

Salary Range: $1,771.82  - $2,317.56 Per Week

Additional Information:

  • 1 Bilingual Permanent, 161 Elgin St, Ottawa, East Region, Vulnerable Sector Check


  • This ad is also available in French.
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Development Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

Employees who do not provide proof of full vaccination will be deemed ‘not vaccinated' under the Employer's policy and will be required to attend a vaccine education program, as determined by the Employer. Employees who are not vaccinated under the policy with a valid medical exemption will not be required to attend a vaccine education program. All employees working in congregate living settings must undergo regular rapid antigen testing, regardless of vaccination status.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 184799, by Saturday, August 20, 2022. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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