Social Worker, Community Mental Health

Date: Jan 2, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3K 6R8

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

Department/Program: Community Mental Health, Mental Health & Addictions Program 
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 3 position(s)
Req ID: 120620 
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $34.9872
  - $45.9942/hour
Posting Date: November 02, 2021
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Start Date: ASAP
Location: One of the three sites in Dartmouth, Halifax or Sackville

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

Reporting to the Manager of Community Mental Health, the Masters prepared Social Worker will work as part of an interdisciplinary team within Community Mental Health in one of three community based clinics. The Social Worker is a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team which consists of a Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, In-Home support Youth Care Workers and Psychiatrists. The Social Worker will work with children, youth and families, utilizing the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA) to deliver care to children and youth up to 19 years of age in an ambulatory setting. This is done in accordance with the mission, philosophies and vision of the IWK Health Centre. Interventions and follow-up may be provided utilizing a direct, consultative or supervisory approach. Responsibilities include clinical work with children, youth and their families, with an emphasis on individual and family therapy as well as delivery of evidence based group interventions. Teaching and clinical supervision of students and in-home support workers is an expectation in the MSW role in CMH.

Hours of Work

Monday to Friday; 8:30am - 4:30pm. Some evening work and flexibility required depending on caseload.


  • Masters Degree in Social Work required.
  • Registered for registration with the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers required.
  • Minimum two (2) years post masters clinical experience working in child and adolescent mental health services required. 
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification (NVCI).
  • Demonstrated experience in individual/family therapy.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivery of evidence based group interventions.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • 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 and knowledge of mental health disorders, including anxiety, mood and disruptive behavior disorders.
  • Candidates must have a valid Nova Scotia Drivers License, regular use of a reliable vehicle and appropriate insurance.
  • Competencies 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.

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.


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