Clinical Therapist - Adult - Mental Health & Addictions

Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre - Liverpool, NS (30+ days ago)

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Req ID: 29677
Location: Western Zone, Queens General Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: 3000137 MHA WZ Clinic QGH
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare Bargaining Unit - CUPE
Posting Closing Date: 29-Aug-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.


Reporting to the Manager, Mental Health & Addictions – Community-Based, or designate, the Clinical Therapist is responsible for delivering in-depth therapeutic services and consultations. These services provide for psychotherapeutic intervention with individuals, families, and groups affected by mental health and addictions -related problems, in co-operation with other community-based agencies, employers, groups and individuals. The Clinical Therapist also participates in the delivery of prevention and health promotion programs, integrates prevention and health promotion into clinical practice, provides input into program development, and participates in the evaluation research of the organization.

The Clinical Therapist exhibits sound professional judgment and initiative while working within the framework and objectives of the Mental Health & Addictions and the Mission, Vision and Strategic Directions and incorporates into daily practice the Core Competencies and Values of the organization.

Recruitment incentives and relocation may be offered to the successful candidates based on qualifying criteria.


Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology or Clinical Social Work or other professional counseling program (with a clinical undergrad) from a recognized institution and a minimum of two years’ related experience
Current registration with a relevant Nova Scotian regulatory body recognized in law within the province such as the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers or the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology
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 and to work co-operatively with other professionals, para-professionals and lay persons
Effective application of the personal qualities, skills and techniques involved in the field of addiction and mental health-related programming
Demonstrated knowledge of the broader field of mental health & addictions from a health promotion, prevention and treatment perspective and demonstrated understanding of a community-based approach to service delivery
Leadership qualities necessary to coordinate treatment provision in various programs
Demonstrated understanding of, and experience working with, the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA)
Demonstrated high degree of interpersonal effectiveness, professional judgment, empathy, commitment to teamwork, and strong understanding and application of ethical principles
Commitment to promoting a culture of respect that supports safety, ethical practices, cultural awareness and organizational health.
Proficiency with computer applications including Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, internet, email and the ability to use health information systems for decision support
Qualifications Continued

Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, and maintain productivity and personal health.
Demonstrated exemplary work history and attendance in current and previous employment.
Physical and mental capabilities to perform the duties of the position, such as working flexible hours (including evening work); potential for considerable fatigue and stress due to the nature of the position; managing stressful situations; assuming occasional risk for some clients who may be hostile or confused due to chemical influence and/or other factors; working alone in a satellite office; and travelling/working at other areas as required
Valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License and access to reliable vehicle
Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
Successful external applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) 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

Permanent Full-time (100%) Position; 75.00 Hours Bi-weekly.

Salary Information

Clinical Therapist (HTH009):
$33.4566 - $43.9817 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 documentations 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 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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