Social Worker, Community Mental Health

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) - Halifax, NS (12 months ago)

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Compensation: $34.128 - $46.4349/hour
Posting Date: October 18, 2018
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Start Date: ASAP

Location: Community Mental Health & Addictions consists of three clinics located in Halifax, Sackville and Dartmouth. A primary location will be determined through the interview process.

The IWK Health Centre is an internationally recognized and respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million women, children, youth and families across the Atlantic region. The IWK is committed to a workplace where our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers reflect the patients, families and communities that we serve. We seek and encourage applicants who reflect our broad diversity, and we are committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of Community Mental Health, the Masters prepared Social Worker will work as part of an interdisciplinary team within Community Mental Health in one of three community based clinics. The Social Worker is a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team which consists of a Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, In-Home support Youth Care Workers and Psychiatrists. The Social Worker will work with children, youth and families, utilizing the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA) to deliver care to children and youth up to 19 years of age in an ambulatory setting. This is done in accordance with the mission, philosophies and vision of the IWK Health Centre. Interventions and follow-up may be provided utilizing a direct, consultative or supervisory approach. Responsibilities include clinical work with children, youth and their families, with an emphasis on individual and family therapy as well as delivery of evidence based group interventions. Teaching and clinical supervision of students and in-home support workers is an expectation in the MSW role in CMH.

Hours of Work

Monday to Friday; 8:30am - 4:30pm. Some evening work and flexibility required depending on caseload.


Masters Degree in Social Work required.
Registered for registration with the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers required.
Minimum two (2) years post masters clinical experience working in child and adolescent mental health services required.
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification (NVCI).
Demonstrated experience in individual/family therapy.
Demonstrated experience in delivery of evidence based group interventions.
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Demonstrated experience in case management and community liaison.
Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
Demonstrated skills in organization and time management.
Demonstrated understanding of the child welfare system and knowledge of mental health disorders, including anxiety, mood and disruptive behavior disorders.
Candidates must have a valid Nova Scotia Drivers License, regular use of a reliable vehicle and appropriate insurance.
Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred.

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