Clinical Therapist - Schools Plus Mental Health Clinician - Mental Health & Addictions

Nova Scotia Health Authority - Amherst, NS (30+ days ago)

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Req ID: 43183
Location: Northern Zone, Cumberland Mental Health & Addiction Services
Company: NSHA
Department: 60062910 MHA NZ Schools Plus CRC
Type of Employment: Hourly FT long-assignment (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare Bargaining Unit - CUPE
Posting Closing Date: 18-Dec-19

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


Based at the Mental Health and Addictions outpatient clinic with offices in the Cumberland Schools Plus Schools, the Clinician will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team in the provision, planning, development and evaluation of a full range of mental health services to children/adolescents, groups and families and will be responsible for delivering diagnostic, therapeutic and consultation services exclusively within the school based programs. The clinician participates in meetings/case conferences with Schools Plus Schools, school program planning and outside agencies. Schools Plus is a student focused comprehensive and collaborative interagency approach to educating and providing service to the child/adolescent and family, with the school as the centre of service. The focus of Cumberland Schools Plus Schools is to support referred students and families by helping them attain timely and effective services that meet their identified needs.

Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology or Clinical Social Work required or a Masters in Counseling (with a clinical undergraduate degree)
Minimum two years clinical experience in mental health diagnostic assessment, consultation and provision of community based mental health services in child and adolescent mental health.
Registration (or eligible) with a relevant Nova Scotia regulatory body required.
Experience working in an educational setting is an asset.
Experience in integrated service delivery and direct service delivery to children, youth and families with complex needs required.
Demonstrated knowledge of various treatment theories and approaches as well as an integrated level of knowledge and skills, with demonstrated ability to make sound decisions regarding client care.
Ability to work collaboratively with the Amherst Schools Plus Schools Facilitator and Community Outreach Worker to meet the goals of improved student engagement and school success, timely access to services, and proactive support for students and families.
Experience in group facilitation and working with Advisory Committees required.
Training in the DSM and its use an asset.
Demonstrated ability to work competently and cooperatively with clients and families and with community representatives, agencies and multi-disciplinary teams required.
Excellent interpersonal skills, strong verbal and written communication skills required.
Strong commitment to service delivery, self-learning and continuing professional development required.
Ability to plan and organize a demanding caseload with minimum supervision.
Strong organizational and prioritization skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks with competing priorities required

Additional Qualifications
Proficiency with computer applications including Microsoft word, internet, e-mail, and the ability to use health information systems (i.e. dictation and scheduling).
Previous work attendance will be considered.
Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation required.
Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
Successful external applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search and Child abuse Registry) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information

Hours of Work
Long assignment full-time position; 75 hours biweekly
Beginning October 28, 2019 with an anticipated end date of November 2, 2020
Travel to schools throughout Cumberland County will be required

Salary Information

Clinical Therapist:
$34.1284 - $44.8646 hourly

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

Criminal Record Check
Proof of education & training certifications
Proof of any additional required qualification
Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - CUPE position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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