Clinical Therapist - Urgent Care - Mental Health & Addictions

Date: Jan 22, 2022

Location: Bridgewater, NS, CA, B4V 3S6

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

This is a reposted position. Previous applicants are not required to re-apply.

Req ID: 101195
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
Posting Closing Date: 28-Jan-22

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.

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Reporting to the Manager of Intake and Urgent Care Services - Mental Health & Addictions, the the Crisis/Urgent Care 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 & 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 health-related field such as Social Work or Psychology is required. Consideration may be given to other Masters health-related disciplines, with a clinical undergrad, based on demonstrated equivalencies. 
• Registered (or eligible) for licensure with appropriate licensing body (Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) or Nova Scotia Board of Examiners (NSBEP). 
• Two (2) years' clinical experience specific to Mental Health & Addictions; preference will be given to applicants with experience in conducting crisis response/urgent care risk assessments and consultation services in Emergency Departments and/or mobile crisis in the community.
• Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)
• Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)
• Experience with or application of DSM 
• Demonstrate strong skills in conducting mental status exams, focused on comprehensive assessment, and risk assessments
• 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 & standards. 
• Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
• Successful external 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 clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application.  Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work

Casual relief position. 

Salary Information

Clinical Therapist:

$34.99 - $45.99 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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