Occupational Therapist, Garron Centre

Date: Sep 3, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3K 6R8

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Department/Program: Garron Occupational Therapy, Mental Health & Addictions Program 
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Req ID: 134967 
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $32.8153
  - $42.8881/hour
Posting Date: July 07, 2022
Closing Date: Open Until 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, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Clinical Manager of the Garron Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  The Occupational Therapist is responsible and accountable for assessment and treatment planning for acutely ill patients under the age of 19 years presenting with a variety of psychiatric disorders.  The Occupational Therapists applying should expect to work with patients with eating disorders, major mood disturbances, psychosis, anxiety disorders, and undiagnosed but serious emotional and behavioural dysregulation and/or psychiatric disorders.  Key to success in this position is the Occupational Therapist’s application of specialized knowledge gained through education and experience in mental health/psychiatric populations in order to maximize scope of practice for mental health.  The unit’s full inter-disciplinary team consists of nursing, psychiatry, psychology, recreation therapy, social work, child life, transition support and teaching staff.  This team works collaboratively on the interdisciplinary care plan for each child, youth and family. The Occupational Therapist plays a significant role in assisting the patient in achieving health and quality of life through participation in a balance of meaningful occupations. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: conducting, interpreting and utilizing standardized assessments of occupational function; using functional assessments to establish occupational identities and roles; contributing to remediating the impairments; assessing for and recommending assistive technology as appropriate to enhance occupational performance; providing individual and/or group intervention on a direct, consultative or monitoring basis; providing input into discharge and/or follow-up planning and initiating referrals to other care providers; attending and participating in in-services, clinical rounds and client conferences; carrying out community and school visits where feasible, coordinating the scheduling of treatment and leisure activities for all patients and participating in the delivery of all aspects of daily clinical treatment to support cohesive, integrated care among all groups of patients.  This is the only dedicated psychiatric inpatient unit in the province for the children and adolescents. Most of the admissions to this unit come through the Emergency Department

Hours of Work

Monday to Friday; 0830-1630; some evening work may be required


  •     Graduate of a World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) Approved Occupational Therapy Program required
  •     Licensed member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS) required
  •     Registered, or eligible for membership, in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) required
  •     Successful completion of a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support (BLS) program within the last 12 months or successful completion of a BLS Renewal Challenge Certificate required
  •     Two years clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist with child and adolescent populations, required
  •     Clinical experience with child and adolescent, or other, populations experiencing mental health issues, an asset
  •     Experience within child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit preferred
  •     Demonstrated experience working within a Trauma Informed Care model preferred
  •     Experience with Assessment of Motor Processing (AMPs) preferred
  •     Demonstrated experience in group facilitation required
  •     Demonstrated ability to work both as a member of an interdisciplinary team and independently in a patient and family centred environment
  •     Demonstrated ability to network with and/or familiarity of community agencies servicing a similar population
  •     Demonstrated knowledge of mental health disorders and treatment modalities
  •     Demonstrated excellent communication, organizational, problem solving and administrative skills
  •     Competency in other languages an asset; French preferred


Thank you for your interest in IWK Health. We will only contact those applicants selected for interview/testing. Applicants we invite to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) have the right to request accommodation. Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process.

Please note: our 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. Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.


Job Segment: Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation, Counseling, Therapy, Recreation Therapy, Healthcare