Clinical Therapist (Masters) - Mental Health & Addictions

Req ID: 161608
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Various Sites and Locations Across Nova Scotia

Department: Mental Health & Addictions
Type of Employment: Permanent, Assignments, and Casual Relief Opportunities Available

Status: Healthcare Bargaining Unit, Constituent Union Based on Location
Posting Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Nova Scotia Health is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia, with some specialized services also offered to clients throughout Atlantic Canada. We’re on a mission to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together, which is reflected in the hospitals, health centres and community-based programs we operate across the province. Our passionate team of professionals provides a variety of high-quality inpatient and outpatient services including academic, tertiary, and quaternary care, as well as continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions. Join a diverse team of innovators, collaborators and creative thinkers today.


Nova Scotia Health employs professionals in all corners of our beautiful province. We believe there's a place here for everyone to call home, from vibrant cities with exuberant nightlife to quaint towns with picturesque trails. The work-life balance that comes with an Nova Scotia Health role means you'll have the time to explore, discover, and participate in that coveted Atlantic lifestyle. Visit us today and check out to see why more people from across the globe are moving here.



Facility Profiles and Community Information

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Please refer to our ‘Locations’ page for more detailed information on our facilities, and for more detailed information on the surrounding communities.

About the Program

To learn more about Nova Scotia Health's Mental Health & Addictions program, Mission, Vision and Journey, please visit the following:


About Us | Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions (

About the Opportunity

Mental Health & Addictions is hiring Clinical Therapists (CT) across the portfolio in different service areas, including the following:


Community Outpatient Mental Health & Addictions - Adult

The Clinical Therapist provides assessment and planning, treatment and intervention, and crisis management for clients. The Clinical Therapist carries out the general duties of the Adult Service team but in addition to those duties, participates in quality initiatives in the program of care, engages in collaborative person-centered care, and utilizes available information technology to support best practice.


Child & Adolescent Services

The Clinical Therapist, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, is responsible for the delivery of time-limited, evidence-based psycho-social assessments and treatments to children and youth with Tier-3 mental disorders and substance use disorders. All services are provided within a Stepped Care framework and practice is guided by disorder-based clinical care pathways. Each clinician participates in a consultation group to ensure collegial support, accountability, and effectiveness of assessments and treatments.



The Clinical Therapist provides services directly in the school community environment within the designated SchoolsPlus schools. SchoolsPlus is a collaborative model that is comprehensive and student focused. Partners work together to educate and provide service to the child and their family, with the school as the center of the service. 


Urgent Care

The Clinical Therapist provides advanced assessment, intervention, brief follow up and care planning for crisis/urgent care clients across the lifespan, with the goal of stabilization and connection to necessary Mental Health & Addictions services as required. The majority of consults are from the Emergency Department but may also come from other services or departments both internal and external to Nova Scotia Health.


Clinical Virtual Care Team

The Clinical Therapist will provide assessment, psychotherapy, group facilitation, and consultation via virtual technologies to youth (12 and above) and adults with mental health and substance use disorders.  The ability to deliver evidence-based individual and group interventions is required. As well, the incumbent will be required to work collaboratively with other service providers and community agencies in the context of providing care. 


About You

We would love to hear from you if you have the following:

  • Master’s Degree in a clinical health-related discipline (Masters in Social Work, Psychology, Masters in Counseling, Masters in Nursing, or Masters in Occupational Therapy)
  • Current registration with relevant provincial regulatory body or eligible
  • Minimum two (2) years' related experience required including assessment and planning, treatment and intervention, and discharge planning
    • Minimum two (2) years of clinical experience required. If not available, candidates with less than two (2) years of experience may be considered for the selection process. If offered employment, they will be placed on the Clinical Therapist (Developmental) scale.
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

Please ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training, and certifications.

What We Offer

  • Competitive compensation and incentives
  • Enrollment in the Provincial Pension Plan
  • Eligibility for Benefits package
  • Variety of available shifts
  • Continuous Clinical Education & Support
  • Opportunity for advancement within the organization


  • Various permanent, assignments (temporary), and casual relief (no guarantee of hours), opportunities available in various locations throughout Nova Scotia.  
  • Shifts may include days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. 
  • You will be asked to specify your work hours and location preferences in the screening questions that follow once you click 'Apply now'.
  • For a complete list of available opportunities, please visit Clinical Therapist - Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health Jobs (

Compensation and Incentives

Clinical Therapist
$37.31 - $49.04 hourly
Clinical Therapist (Developmental) 
$33.27 - $42.01 hourly


Successful candidates may also be eligible for a signing bonus and relocation assistance with a defined Return of Service contract.
Successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage as well as a defined benefit pension plan.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information on our opportunities, programs and communities, please contact us!

Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 


​This is a Healthcare bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Employees are encouraged to view their seniority hours and dates in their SuccessFactors online profile. 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.


Preferred candidates must be able to demonstrate proof of primary series of COVID -19 vaccine at time of hire.  


Nova Scotia Health 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. We encourage all qualified applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Persons of Colour, Foreign Nationals/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.


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