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Social Worker III - Adult Clinic - Mental Health & Addictions

Date: Jun 19, 2019

Location: Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada, B0S 1P0

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

Req ID: 23646
Location: Western Zone, Soldiers' Memorial Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: 60018789 MHA WZ Adult SMH
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT  (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare 
Bargaining Unit - CUPE
Posting Closing Date: 3-Jul-19


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


Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.


Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


An exciting opportunity exists to join a high performing Mental Health & Addictions Team. We place the highest values on meaningful client, family and community engagement, continuous quality improvements and a culture of continuous staff learning. Our ambulatory services are delivered through the Choice and Partnership Approach providing the right interventions by highly skilled and supervised staff without delays in the most efficient manner. All staff takes part in competency training in the most effective psychological interventions.


Reporting to the Manager Adult Mental Health & Addictions, the social worker works as a member of the multi-disciplinary team to assess and treat individuals and families affected by a broad range of DSM disorders, illnesses and mental health complaints including concurrent substance use disorders and crisis presentations. The social worker participates in the planning, development, provision and evaluation of Mental Health & Addictions programming. This position is a multi-base site position located at Soldier's Memorial Hospital with the expectation that travel to other sites may be required.



  • Master of Social Work: registered or eligible to be registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers
  • Two years' clinical experience providing assessment & treatment
  • Demonstrated skills in DSM diagnosis
  • Experience providing psychological services to a general adult mental health population
  • Willingness to provide crisis services and participate in services for those with concurrent disorders 
  • A working theoretical and practical knowledge of varied intervention strategies and the relative efficacy of interventions which promote health and wellness in an adult population such as but not limited to Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
  • Motivated with a strong customer service orientation building solid health care client/partner relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize information, problem solve and utilize good judgment in decision making
  • Demonstrated planning, organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality improvement initiatives and evidence based practice
  • Commitment to promoting a culture that supports safety, ethical practices and organizational health
  • Demonstrated accountability
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning and professional development
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Experience working with allied health care professionals and medical specialists
  • Experience training and/or acting as a resource for other allied health care professionals and medical specialists
  • Demonstrated good attendance in current and past employment
  • Successful external candidates are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment
Preferred (Considered an Asset)
  • 3-5 years’ experience in mental health and /or addiction services
  • Experience in providing psychological intervention for those with concurrent disorders (MH and AS and Physical
  • Experience working across the life span (children, adolescents, adults, seniors) 
  • Experience with the Choice and Partnership Approach and the principles of stepped care
  • Professional training acceptable to nationally-recognized accrediting bodies
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred


PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work

Permanent Full-time (100%) Position; 75.00 Hours Bi-weekly.


Travel may be required, must have access to reliable vehicle.

Salary Information

Social Worker III (HC87):

$34.1283 - $44.8646 hourly


Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check 
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification 
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation 
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above.

This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - CUPE position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for Unionized positions.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.
Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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