Clinical Psychologist, Provincial Youth Forensic Services

Date: Jan 17, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3K 6R8

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

Department/Program: Forensic Ambulatory, Mental Health & Addictions Program 
Type of Employment: Temporary Hourly FT long-assignment (100% FTE) for one year
  x 2 position(s)
Req ID: 119335 
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $47.0628 - $60.8876
Posting Date: October 14, 2021
Closing Date: Open Untill Filled
Start Date: ASAP

IWK Health 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. IWK Health is committed to employment equity and the reduction of barriers to employment and career growth. We encourage all who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and/or 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply.

Position Summary

The Provincial Youth Forensic Services team, a service operated under the Mental Health and Addictions Program at the IWK Health Centre, has a position for a full time doctoral level Clinical Psychologist. The mission of Provincial Youth Forensic Service is to provide evidence-based best practice in Mental Health and Addiction Services to youth and families involved with Justice Services. Reporting to the manager, the Clinical Psychologist will work with the Youth Court Ordered Assessment Service and Initiative for Sexually Aggressive Youth (ISAY) service, which provides specialized, comprehensive, interdisciplinary assessments and treatment for children & youth with involvement with the judicial system, specifically in relation to matters before the Provincial Court Youth Division or Supreme Court. The Clinical Psychologist conducts court ordered assessments under section 34 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, as well as risk assessments for the Criminal Code Review Board. The assessment report provides the court with rehabilitative recommendations for sentencing purposes and recommendations around risk management. These assessments require the ability to work within deadlines and to work effectively with other members of the assessment team to meet standards for quality control.

Hours of Work

75 hours bi-weekly, Monday - Friday, occasional overnight Provincial travel required



  •     Ph.D/ PsyD Degree in Clinical Psychology from an accredited university program required.
  •     Completion of an APA or CPA Accredited Predoctoral Internship in Psychology required.
  •     Currently registered with or eligible to be registered with the NS Board of Examiners in Psychology.
  •     Formal training and clinical experience in child/adolescent mental health required.
  •     Experience working with a forensic population preferred.    
  •     Demonstrated ability to assess and treat a broad range of mental health populations.
  •     Demonstrated ability to use evidence-based assessment and treatment methods.
  •     Demonstrated ability to consult with professional and para-professional staff.
  •     Demonstrated ability to diagnose and formulate treatment protocols for a wide range of adolescent mental health issues.
  •     Demonstrated ability to effectively consult with other health, social service and education agencies.
  •     Demonstrated ability to work well as part of an interdisciplinary team required.
  •     Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  •     Ability to participate in the clinical training activities of the Psychology discipline.
  •     Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred.



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