Clinical Therapist - Crisis Response - Mental Health & Addictions

Req ID: 127321
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Northern
Zone, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre  
Department: MHA NZ Early Response CRC

Type of Employment: Temporary Hourly FT long-assignment (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)

Status: Healthcare CUPE position
Posting Closing Date: 1-Feb-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.


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.


This position is a member of the Crisis/Urgent Care Service, Mental Health and Addictions. Reporting to the Manager of Mental Health and Addictions, the clinician 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 and 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. 


Master’s degree in a clinical health-related discipline i.e. Social Work, Psychology. Consideration may be given to other Masters health-related disciplines, with a clinical undergrad, based on demonstrated equivalencies.  

  • Registration with the relevant professional licensing body required.
  • Experience in the provision of clinical consultation to acute Mental Health and/or addictions across the life span required.
  • Current BCLS certification required.
  • Two years’ experience conducting independent assessment and treatment services within a clinical mental health and/or addictions setting required. 
  • Must be skilled in conducting mental status exams, full bio-psychosocial assessment, and risk assessments with clients and families.
  • Knowledge of psychotropic medications preferred.
  • Experience with providing short term individual or family therapy required.
  • Experience in the provision of group programming is required.
  • Suicide Risk Assessment Intervention Course preferred or willingness to obtain and experience conducting suicide risk assessments.
  • Experience in assessment, treatment and case management of clients living with concurrent disorders preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals.
  • Non Violence Crisis Intervention certification required, or willingness to be certified within 3 months of obtaining the position.
  • Must have a working knowledge of both manual and electronic statistical tracking mechanisms and an ability to conduct outcome evaluation.
  • Ongoing competency development is required
  • Excellent communication skills, strong leadership and teaching skills are required.


PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will be screened on the above qualifications. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how they meet the knowledge and competencies in their cover letter and resume. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application. Applicants will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or missing information.

Hours of Work

  • Long Term Assignment Full time position; 75 hours bi weekly 
  • Approximately 12 months
  • Dates are subject to change
  • Travel may be required 

Salary Information

$36.59 - $48.10 hourly

Once You've Applied

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Some opportunities may be eligible for our Employee Referral Program.  If a Nova Scotia Health employee refers a candidate who is not working for the organization and the candidate is hired, the employee who made the referral may be eligible to earn up to $1000.  For more details and instructions, please visit please visit Recruitment - Incentives  


​This is a Healthcare  bargaining unit - CUPE  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.


​As per the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Protocol in High-Risk Settings, Nova Scotia Health requires all team members to be fully vaccinated by November 30th, 2021. 


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. Our priority groups are Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians, People of Colour, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ and 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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