Psychologist Pooling Posting - Operational Stress Injury Clinic - Mental Health & Addictions

​Req ID: 152291
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Various Locations  
Department: Operational Stress Injury Clinic
Type of Employment: Various types of employment available
Status: Full Time & Part Time opportunities available

Posting Closing Date: 10-Oct-23

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.


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About the Opportunity

We have an immediate need for Psychologists for Operational Stress Injury Clinic - Mental Health & Addictions, Nova Scotia Health. This is a pooling posting, your application will be paired with an existing vacancy. 



The OSI Clinic provides specialized mental health assessment and treatment to clients and their families referred by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), RCMP, and the Department of National Defense (DND), who are experiencing work-related psychological stress and trauma (e.g. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and other anxiety disorders; Depression; Chronic Pain, etc.). The services of the OSI Clinic are provided by an interdisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and occupational therapists. As a member of an interdisciplinary team, the Psychologist delivers mental health assessment and treatment services to Veterans and their families.


The OSI Psychologist will also be required to:

  • Provide education with various stakeholders i.e. VAC District offices
  • Maintain contact with the referring VAC area counselors, RCMP, and DND in the development of treatment plans and referrals
  • Utilize OSI supported tele mental health and other distance technologies in the provision of services in outlying communities
  • Work with the Canadian network of OSI clinics, and follow the leadership of the Operational Stress Injuries National Network
  • Carry out OSI specific research including writing peer-reviewed grant proposals in keeping with the clinic and network objectives
  • Work in a manner that is in compliance with staff and patient/client safety practices, policies and procedures of the NSHA and in compliance with the VAC guidelines for OSI clinics.

About You

  • Recognized doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology
  • Registered or eligible for registration under the Psychologists Act of Nova Scotia
  • CPA/APA accredited internship/residency (or equivalent) in clinical psychology
  • Clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of: anxiety and mood disorders, substance use disorders, and PTSD using evidence based approaches an asset
  • Training in evidence-based therapies for PTSD, depression and anxiety disorders such as PE, CPT, EMDR, CBT, BA, MBSR an asset
  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary service delivery model is mandatory
  • Experience in a military or police services environment is an asset
  • Experience with assessment of police, veterans and/or Canadian forces members with operational stress injuries including anxiety, mood, and substance use is an asset
  • Experience providing trauma focused therapy an asset
  • Experience providing treatment in an outpatient community setting an asset
  • Sensitivity to the unique needs of military/police services personnel who are experiencing service related mental health problems
  • Knowledge of psychiatric rehabilitation principles and practices
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills and ability to establish and maintain good working relations
  • Effective mentoring and clinical supervision skills to support both the academic role and the clinical practice of other team members
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred


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


  • Permanent full-time and part-time vacancies are available in addition to assignments.

Compensation and Incentives

Psychologist PhD (Candidate Register):

$54.55 hourly

Psychologist PhD (Registered):
$57.58 - $60.61 hourly


Psychologist Masters:

$36.59 - $48.10 hourly


Please Note: Recruitment incentives and relocation may be offered to the successful candidates based on qualifying criteria.

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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