Clinical Psychologist, Provincial Youth Forensic Services - Signing Bonus Available

Date: Sep 11, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3K 6R8

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Req ID: 123977 
Department/Program: Forensic Ambulatory, Mental Health & Addictions Program 
Location: Dartmouth
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE)  x 1 position(s)
Start Date: ASAP
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $48.4851 - $62.7279
Closing Date: Open Until Filled


IWK Health is a respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million children, youth, adults and families each year across the Atlantic region. We have a team of approximately 4000 employees, physicians, volunteers and learners at sites across Nova Scotia. People build careers with IWK Health with our focus on training and mentorship opportunities. We recognize each other’s talent and celebrate our successes. We collaborate in modern facilities or virtually from home, align our work to our values, and enjoy access to enhanced benefits and wellness programs. We are proud to support our patients, families and communities and are grateful for the generous donor support we receive.


Promoting an anti-racist environment, and calling out discrimination as we work and provide care, is important to us. We are located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Working in Mi’kma’ki and providing care to those across Atlantic Canada is a shared privilege with the original inhabitants who have lived here for many thousands of years prior to colonization. There are 13 First Nation communities across Nova Scotia, and more than 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities who also have a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years. We have the highest percentage of people with disabilities in the country. Nova Scotia has the highest proportions of transgender and non-binary people than any other province or territory in the country. We are active in our work to eliminate discrimination, but have more work to do to build that trust, acknowledge our biases and reduce the barriers our diverse communities face. We want IWK Health to be a safe and supportive space of equity and belonging in the care we provide and the employment we offer. We welcome all interested persons who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply to support our goal for our workforce to be representative of the patients, families, and communities that we care for at all job levels.

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.
  • Completion of an APA or CPA Accredited Predoctoral Internship in Psychology required.
  • Registered, or eligible to be registered, with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology.
  • Minimum five years formal training & and clinical experience in child/adolescent mental health and forensics preferred.
  • Minimum five years of formal training and clinical experience in assessing risk for sexual and violent recidivism preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and treat a broad range of mental health and addiction issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and treat a youth forensic population preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to consult with professional and para-professional staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively consult with other health, social service and education agencies.
  • Demonstrated competency in completing Forensic assessments and treatment reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of an interdisciplinary team required.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to participate in the clinical training activities of the Psychology Discipline.
  • Education, experience, or training in the related sub-specialty area preferred.
  • Competencies in other languages an asset; French preferred.

Thank you for your interest in IWK Health.


Please note that we only contact applicants selected for interview/testing. If we invite you to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) you have the right to request accommodation. Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process.


This is a Healthcare  bargaining  unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and/or usage, prior to accepting the position.


An  offer of employment is conditional upon the completion and satisfactory results of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials. Additionally, as per Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Vaccine mandate, any offer of employment will be conditional upon submitting proof of full vaccination status. Medical exceptions or any other kind of requested exception based upon the Health Centre’s obligations pursuant to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis


If you are an employee of IWK Health, please apply through the internal careers page to ensure you are flagged as an internal applicant. 


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