Occupational Therapist - Adult Outpatient - Mental Health & Addictions

​Req ID: 162158
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern Zone, St. Martha's Regional Hospital  
Department: MHA EZ Community Mental Health
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Status: CUPE
 Healthcare Position
Posting Closing Date: 20-Jun-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 www.novascotia.com to see why more people from across the globe are moving here.

About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Mental Health Services Manager functionally, and to the Mental Health Management team generally, the Occupational Therapist utilizes evidence-based and recovery-based practice to provide a range of services to clients who present with concerns related to their mental health and wellness. Within a psycho-social rehabilitation model, the Occupational Therapist is responsible for the assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation of a client’s individual needs in order to assist them in maximizing their function in everyday life.


The Occupational Therapist will also be required to collaborate within a Mental Health Care Team and community partners/ organizations utilizing a holistic, client/ family centered approach.  In addition, the Occupational Therapist will be required to participate in initiating and facilitating mental health programs for health promotion and disease prevention, early identification and intervention and assessments of community needs.


The Occupational Therapist is responsible for ensuring compliance with acts, regulations and standards of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS), as well as acts, regulations, policies, standards, guidelines, mission and objectives of the Department of Health and Wellness - Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA).

About You

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


  • Successful completion of a Masters or Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration (or eligbility) with the College of Occupational Therapists Nova Scotia (COTNS)
  • Experience working with individuals with mental health and/or concurrent substance abuse disorders an asset
  • Certificate in Psycho-Social Rehabilitation in Practice or willingness to obtain within one year of hire
  • Non-Violent Crisi Intervention, CPR, First Aid and WHMIS or willingness to obtain
  • Demonstrated flexibility in utilizing professional skill sets in a variety of service delivery models and settings.
  • Ability to use a client-centred approach
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate word processing applications, electronic mail, spread-sheets and the internet.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Ability to work independently and be accountable for all actions and decisions
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
  • Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment


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


  • Permanent Full-time (100%) Position; 75.00 Hours Bi-weekly.

Compensation and Incentives

$33.80 - $42.68 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. 



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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