Social Worker, Children's Intensive Services

Company : IWK Health

Req ID: 142640 
Department/Program: Children's Intensive Services-Day, Mental Health & Addictions Program 
Location: Halifax
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE)  x 1 position(s)
Start Date: ASAP
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $36.0448 - $49.0427
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.

The Opportunity

The Children’s Intensive Service(CIS)  is a rehabilitative mental health inpatient setting for children aged 12 years and under whose needs cannot be managed on an outpatient basis. The service offers both day and 24/5 service, with treatment last approximately 4 months. Reporting to the Manager of CIS, the Masters prepared Social Worker will work as part of an interdisciplinary team, providing holistic, comprehensive care to meet the needs of children aged 6-12 years presenting with serious emotional and behavioural problems. Utilizing the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) model, CIS adopts an approach to intervention which is collaborative with the child and his/her family and is focused on developing adaptive living skills to cope with mental health problems. The Social Worker is involved in all aspects of the care continuum from pre-assessment through to discharge/follow-up, and will also provide individual, family therapy and evidence based group treatment, based on the CPS philosophy.

Hours of Work

37.5 hours bi-weekly, Monday to Friday; day shifts. Some evening work may be required.

Your Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Social Work required
  • Currently licensed with, or eligible to be licensed with, the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) required.
  • Minimum two (2) years post masters clinical experience working in child and adolescent mental health services required.
  • Minimum two (2) years demonstrated experience in Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) model preferred.
  • Valid Nova Scotia Drivers License, regular use of a reliable vehicle and appropriate insurance required.
  • Demonstrated experience in clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, particularly Disruptive Behaviour Disorders and common co-morbid disorders (i.e. Learning disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Mood disorders, etc.
  • Demonstrated understanding of child development, attachment theory and trauma informed care.
  • Demonstrated experience in individual/family therapy required.
  • Demonstrated experience in group therapy is required.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated experience in team-building.
  • Demonstrated experience in case management and community liaison.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated skills in organization and time management.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the child welfare system
  • Competencies in other languages an asset.

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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