Clinical Psychologist, Autism Spectrum Disorder Specific Care Clinic

Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre - Halifax, NS (26 days ago)

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Department/Program: Specific Care Clinic, Mental Health & Addictions Program
Type of Employment: Temporary Hourly PT (30% FTE) for two years x 1 position(s)
Req ID: 31522
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $45.9071 - $59.3924/hour
Posting Date: March 26, 2019
Closing Date: April 09, 2019
Start Date: ASAP

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 Clinical Manager, Community Mental Health and Addictions (MHA), the psychologist works closely with the other members of the Specific Care Clinic team to provide clinical services that are consistent with the clinic’s mandate and role to support patient-focused goals and objectives. As part of the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA), the MHA specific care teams have a dual function. Teams provide a more intensive interdisciplinary treatment approach to a smaller number of our most ill children and youth presenting with neuropsychiatric disorders which are highly complex or treatment resistant. The teams also provide clinical training and supervision to clinicians involved in a six month training placement. The ASD specific care team provides consultation and treatment for children and adolescents with a documented, formal diagnosis of autism and severe co-morbid mental health and/or addictions symptomatology causing moderate to severe levels of distress and impairment. The inter-professional team is currently comprised of two psychiatrists (0.4 FTE each), 0.2 psychologist, 0.5 social worker and 1.0 youth care worker. Opportunities exist to participate in program development, quality improvement initiatives, specialty clinic evaluation and program-wide education initiatives including leading and participation in capacity building initiatives and supervision sessions across the outpatient clinics. The team accepts referrals within the MHA Program and all referrals are made through the IWK MHA Central Referral service. This long term assignment is open to any Psychologist employed in the IWK Mental Health and Addictions Program. Successful candidates must be able to participate on the designated ASD Clinic day (TBA).

Hours of Work

7.5 hour shifts, Monday to Friday, 0830-1630, with some evenings. Flexibility is required


Doctoral degree (Ph.D./PsyD) in Clinical Psychology.
Registered, or eligible to be registered, with the NS Board of Examiners in Psychology.
Minimum one (1) year experience working with children, youth and families within a mental health and addictions setting required.
Demonstrated experience and competency in ASD treatment for parents, children and adolescents required.
Demonstrated experience in patient/family teaching required.
Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to family centred care and evidence informed practice required.
Demonstrated experience and competency in collaborative practices.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team required.
Demonstrated excellent communication and organizational skills required.
Knowledge and experience with continuous quality improvement methodology.
Knowledge of IWK Mental Health and Addictions Services, Children’s Health Autism Services and community resources.
Current Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) certification.
Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred.

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