Government of Canada
Location: Petawawa, Ontario
Posted: July 11th 2019
Deadline: July 29th, 2019
Salary: $88,414 to $103,319

National Defence Canadian Special Operations Forces Unit is recruiting for a Psychologist. Thi sis an indeterminate, full-time position.

The primary role of the Special Forces Unit Psychologist resides within the evolving operational psychology realm. The expanded scope and functions of the Unit Psychologist include assessment and selection for Special Forces, psychological consultation to the selection and training cadre, subject-matter expertise provision to the chain of command related to individual and unit resilience and psychological health, member and unit education/operational debriefs, program evaluation, and member clinical referrals.

The Unit Psychologist will also perform, in a secondary capacity, more traditional clinical psychological services within a multidisciplinary mental health team, including mental health screenings, diagnostic assessments, and individual psychotherapy. Furthermore, there is an opportunity to contribute to the development and implementation of mental health and resilience training unique to special operations forces.

The embedded unit psychologist reports administratively to the unit’s chain of command and is supported professionally by the CANSOFCOM Chief Psychologist located at headquarters.

Work Environment

The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) produces high readiness and responsive special operations forces able to provide broad national and international security solutions. CANSOFCOM provides the Canadian Armed Forces the ability to deliver an effective counter-terrorism response domestically and abroad; access, understand and influence operational environments; and project rapidly deployable special forces in response to emerging or immediate threats to the nation.

Working as a special operations forces psychologist affords a unique opportunity to hold a vital position in a dynamic operational setting, within an integrated team of competent professionals from the human performance, psychological, medical, spiritual, and family domains who together offer a dedicated support system for members, leaders and their family.

  • Graduation with a master’s or doctoral degree in psychology from a recognized post-secondary institution (equivalence in training is determined by the provincial or territorial college of psychologists who issue the autonomous practice licence).
  • Degree equivalency
  • Registered for autonomous practice with one of the Canadian provincial or territorial College of Psychologists and be able to practice in clinical psychology with adults. (Copy of licence must be submitted with application).
  • Breadth of experience in conducting psychological assessments with adults, including cognitive, personality,  emotional and behavioural functioning evaluations for clinical and non-clinical purposes (e.g. selection).
  • Breadth of experience in providing evidence-based psychotherapy to adults, for mild to significant psychological, personal, social and occupational issues.
  • Breadth of experience in providing psychological consultation/advice (e.g., to third parties, program colleagues, managers, leaders).
  • Experience in developing or/and delivering mental health prevention services (e.g. group psychoeducation)

*Breadth of experience is defined as having performed a broad range of various related psychological activities as a licensed psychologist. Those activities demonstrate that the individual possesses the full span of expertise and experience required for the position.

Additional Qualifications

  • Ability to work within an interdisciplinary team
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing
  • Ability to provide psychological consultation to various clients (e.g., patients, program managers, organizations)
  • Ability to conduct psycho-diagnostic, cognitive and personality assessments
  • Ability to implement evidence-based therapeutic interventions
  • Effective interpersonal skills, initiative, judgment, flexibility and reliability
  • Secret security clearance
Additional Information

Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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Contact Information
Florence Damas, Staffing Advisor
Government of Canada
Petawawa, Ontario, Canada

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