Social Worker (Masters), Suspected Trauma & Abuse Team (START)

Date: Sep 12, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3K 6R8

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Department/Program: Suspected Trauma Abuse Response Team, Children's Health Program 
Type of Employment: Temporary Hourly PT long-assignment (50% FTE) for one year
  x 1 position(s)
Req ID: 133784 
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $36.0448 - $49.0427
Posting Date: June 16, 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 Manager, Emergency Care and START, Children’s Health Program, the social worker practices as a member of an interprofessional team to provide social work services and family centered care to children, youth and their families engaged with the Suspected Trauma and Abuse Response Team (START).  The primary role of the social worker will be to provide trauma focused therapy to children and youth, ages 4-19 years.  The social worker will provide assessment, therapeutic interventions, and consultations with children /adolescents with a primary concern of trauma related to childhood maltreatment. The social worker partners with birth, kinship, adoptive, and foster families to offer trauma informed parenting practices to build and enhance safety.  The social worker will have knowledge and skills in complex trauma focused individual, family, and group therapy, having current knowledge of issues pertaining to family dynamics, child maltreatment, mental health, addictions, psychosocial formulation, intimate partner violence and criminal justice. The successful applicant will have experience in trauma responsive, culturally safe care.  The social worker will collaborate with Mental Health and Addictions Teams to provide shared care services to children, youth, and families.   The Social Worker will be responsible to liaise and consult with a range of community, health, and government services with an emphasis on building collaborative partnerships, facilitating resource acquisition and advocating for appropriate resources to meet the client’s needs. This position involves the preparation of comprehensive treatment plans, goals and outcomes for the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Family Division. The Social Worker will have responsibilities in supervising clinical MSW student placements, teaching, program development, program evaluation, and research as needed. The social worker will be a member of the START Steering Committee and working groups as required.   

Hours of Work

Monday to Wednesday first week and Thursday Fridays second week (8:30 am – 4:30 pm), some variations in working times will be required as needed.


•    Masters Degree in Social Work required.
•    Current license, or eligible for licensure, with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) required.
•    Minimum of two (2) years clinical experience post masters degree
•    Knowledge of child maltreatment, mental health & addictions, intimate partner violence, principles of human development, human sexuality, gender development, attachment, family development and processes (family, relational, systemic dynamics)
•    Advanced Psychotherapy skills in addressing trauma (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and/or other evidence informed trauma therapies (EMDR, Somatic), therapeutic rapport, dynamic risk assessment, therapeutic play),
•    Knowledge of the Child and Family Services Act required.
•    Working knowledge of the DSM-5 considered an asset.
•    Experience in individual, family and group therapy preferred.
•    Demonstrated understanding of the social, structural, emotional, psychological, and cultural determinants/factors that affect well-being. 
•    Demonstrated ability to use an anti-oppressive framework in practice.
•    Demonstrated ability to reach a joint formulation with the client and family.
•    Demonstrated excellent time management, critical thinking, organization, decision making, and problem-solving skills required.
•    Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal, presentation and communication (verbal and written) skills required.
•    Demonstrated comfort and skill in working collaboratively with internal and external partnerships required.
•    Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as part of an interprofessional team required.
•    Experience in Meditech, MS Outlook, and MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) preferred.
•    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.

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.


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

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