Occupational Therapist - Adult Outpatient - Mental Health & Addictions

Req ID: 147619
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern
Zone, St. Martha's Regional Hospital  
Department: MHA EZ Community Mental Health

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

Status: CUPE Healthcare Position
Posting Closing Date: 15-Dec-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 www.novascotia.com 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 Occupational Therapist works as a member of the multi-disciplinary team and will provide occupational therapy services in an outpatient and community based setting to adults with mental health/addiction disorders who fit within the established target population. Services may include utilizing functional assessments to implement and evaluate client care strategies, assist the client and/or family in establishing a plan of care utilizing evidence based and recovery-based models in an outpatient/community setting, the provision of group treatment approaches and client, family and community education about mental health/concurrent disorders and their treatments. 
The Occupational Therapist (OT) is one of the collaborators in the Collaborative Care Model, participating in the provision of holistic, comprehensive care to meet the needs of patients/clients. As a member of the team, the OT participates in the overall plan of care with the patient/client by providing occupational therapy services.

About You

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

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy preferred.
  • Registered (or eligible) with the Nova Scotia College of Occupational Therapist (COTNS) and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
  • Certificate in Psycho-Social Rehabilitation in Practice, or willingness to complete within 2 years of hire
  • Three years' experience as an Occupational Therapist, with at least one year (recent) within the last five, in an inpatient/outpatient Mental Health & Addiction setting
    • If not available, candidates with two years' experience as an Occupational Therapist, with at least one year (recent) within the last five, in an inpatient/outpatient Mental Health & Addiction setting preferred
    • If not available, candidates with one year experience as an Occupational Therapist, with at least one year (recent) within the last five, in an inpatient/outpatient Mental Health & Addiction setting preferred
  • Experience in developing and providing group and individual psychoeducation
  • Demonstrated skills in completing functional assessments
  • Demonstrated ability to build client capacity to promote occupational performance
  • Evidence of ability to work independently, with a multidisciplinary team as well as with both hospital and community-based services/agencies
  • Demonstrated use of innovative problem solving and application of evidence-based practice to patient services
  • Travel may be required, must have access to reliable vehicle
  • 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.


  • Temporary Full Time Position; 75 hours bi weekly
  • Approximately 14 months
  • Dates are approximate and subject to change 

Compensation and Incentives

$33.30 - $42.05 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 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.


​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. 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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