Youth Care Worker I

Date: May 16, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3K 6R8

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Department/Program: Children's Intensive Services, Mental Health & Addictions Program 
Type of Employment:
Casual Relief x 3 position(s)
Req ID: 113260 
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $24.4169
  - $32.3014/hour
Posting Date: April 13, 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.

Position Summary

Children’s Intensive Services (CIS) provides a rehabilitative mental health treatment setting that provides a day treatment and 24/5 treatment service for children aged 12 years and under. The length of stay for the children is approximately 4 months (5 days a week initially, with gradual transition back to home/community). The Youth Care Worker participates as member of an interdisciplinary team, to assist in providing holistic, comprehensive care to meet the needs of children aged 5-12 years who present with serious emotional and behavioural problems. CIS utilizes the Collaborative Problem Solving model and casual staff are expected to have Level 1 CPS competencies. Reporting to the Manager of Children’s Intensive Services, and under the leadership and supervision of regulated health care providers, the Youth Care Worker collaborates with the inter-professional team members and partners to provide quality physical and psychosocial care.  The Youth Care Worker works to provide supervision and guidance regarding mental and physical health, daily living skills, community integration and advocacy for children and their families.  The Youth Care Worker builds constructive supportive relationships; ensuring client confidentiality and professional boundaries.

Hours of Work

Varied shifts, Sunday – Friday, days, evenings & overnight shifts.


  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in Child and Youth Care Studies or a Diploma from an accredited 2 year program in Child and Youth Care Studies.
  • CYC Practitioner certification preferred.
  • Minimum one (1) year experience in a mental health and addictions with children and adolescents as applicable to the specific care area required; two (2) - three (3) years preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of child and adolescent mental health diagnoses.
  • Demonstrated competency in clinical documentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage challenging behaviours in a residential setting.
  • 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.
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) certification required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child and adolescent development.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead evidence based groups.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the IWK’s mission and values and commitment to Family Centred Care.
  • Demonstrated competency and experience in Collaborative Problem Solving Model required.
  • Demonstrated appropriate judgement in establishing a therapeutic interaction with client population.
  • Competency in other languages considered 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.

Please Note: If you are an employee of the 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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