Health Care Social Worker (Masters) - Adult Outpatient - Mental Health & Addictions

Req ID: 166356
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern
Zone, Mental Health & Addictions  
Department: MHA EZ Outpatient Mental Health

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

Status: CUPE Healthcare Position
Posting Closing Date: 18-Jul-24

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 a 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.



About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Manager of Adult Outpatient Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Social Worker works as a member of the multi-disciplinary team and will provide comprehensive services to adults with mental health/addiction disorders who fit within the established target population. Services may also include the provision of group treatment approaches and client, family and community education about mental health disorders and their treatments. Travel may be required.

The Social Worker ensures that the principles and practices that guide our work such as the mission, vision, values, expected behaviors, the leadership philosophy, organizational health, population health, ethics, safety, quality, partnerships and inter-professional collaboration are integrated within the services they provide and through the messages they deliver.

This position includes conducting comprehensive assessments, treatment planning and provision of professional clinical services for patients/clients who are living with complex mental health disorders and/or concurrent disorder(s).


Please note this position is located in Port Hawkesbury

About You

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

  • Master's degree of Social Work
  • Registered or eligible to be registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW)
  • Two (2) years clinical experience required working with an adult population providing time-limited, evidence based psycho-social assessments and treatments to adults (19 years and older) with Tier-3 mental disorders 
  • Demonstrated skills in DSM formulation
  • Demonstrated skills in applying time limited, evidence based psycho-social assessments and treatments for mental disorders to an adult (19 years and older) patient population, and commitment to same
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Stepped Care principles, clinical care pathways, and outcomes monitoring, and commitment to same
  • Demonstrated knowledge of clinical supervision, learning and professional development, and commitment to same
  • Demonstrated skills in providing culturally informed non-judgmental patient and family center care, and commitment to same
  • Experience in providing supervision to psychology residents, students, and peers
  • A working theoretical and practical knowledge of psychological testing applicable to an adult patient population
  • Motivated with a strong customer service orientation building solid health care patients/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
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Experience training and/or acting as a resource for other allied health care professionals and medical specialists
  • 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.


  • Short Assignment Full Time (100%); 75 Hours Biweekly 
  • Approximately 6 months
  • Dates approximate and subject to change 

Compensation and Incentives

Social Worker: $37.31 - $49.05 Hourly

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. (Permanent and Long Assignments only)

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.


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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