Clinical Therapist - Urgent Care - Mental Health & Addictions

Req ID: 144478
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Western
Zone, South Shore Regional Hospital  
Department: MHA WZ Crisis Repsonse SS

Type of Employment: Casual Casual Relief (3% FTE) x 1 position(s)

Status: CUPE Healthcare Position
Posting Closing Date: 27-Sep-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.


About the Opportunity

The Clinical Therapist is a member of the Urgent Care Services, Mental Health & Addictions.  Reporting to the Manager, the Clinical Therapist provides assessment and planning, treatment and intervention, and crisis management for clients. The Clinical Therapist carries out the general duties of the Urgent Care Services team but in addition to those duties, participates in quality initiatives in the program of care, engages in collaborative person centered care, and utilizes available information technology to support best practice.  The Clinical Therapist receives and provides supervision and mentorship as part of a community of practice. It is an expectation that the Clinical Therapist will act in a professional and ethical manner, following all recognized codes of ethics, standards, legislation, and guidelines relevant to clinical practice and profession.  They will convey respect and a solid understanding of subtle and complex diversity and inclusion issues as they relate to specific groups. 

About You

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

  • Master’s Degree in a health-related field such as Social Work or Psychology (Registered Masters), Masters in Counseling, Masters in Nursing, Masters in Occupational Therapy is required. 
  • Registered (or eligible) for licensure with appropriate licensing body for the province of Nova Scotia
  • Two (2) years' related experience required (including experience in conduction mental health and addictions assessments and providing evidence-based treatments such as CBT or DBT)
  • Experience in case management of high risk clients
  • Recent clinical experience demonstrating the competencies listed above (Preference will be given to applicants with experience in conducting crisis response/urgent care risk assessments and consultation services in emergency departments r in the community)
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) preferred
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Certification
  • Experience with or application of DSM
  • Knowledge of legislation and responsibilities related to Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act (IPTA), Provincial Access Navigations Standards and Policies, Children & Family Services Act, Adult Protection Act and applicable NSH policy & standard
  • 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.


  • Casual Relief Position

Compensation and Incentives

$37.12 - $48.80 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 Recruitment - Incentives  


​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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