Psychologist (PhD) - Child & Adolescent - Mental Health & Addiction Services

​Req ID: 130146
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Western Zone, Dawson Centre  
Department: MHA WZ Child Dawson
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Status: Healthcare P
Posting Closing Date: 12-Jun-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.


Are you looking for a fulfilling career in one of the most beautiful parts of the country?  The South Shore of Nova Scotia is known for its coastal beauty – miles of shoreline, amazing seafood, numerous lighthouses and warm welcomes.  We are looking for mental health and addiction professionals who are committed to evidence informed clinical care while working from a client centered and trauma informed model. We offer flexible work schedules and value ongoing professional development. We are committed to offering trainings and skill development in evidence-based treatment modalities to develop your practice in a wide variety of clinical skills, from generalist to more specialized interventions.   For more information, please call 902-543-1867 to set a time to connect with the manager or a lead for the teams. We look forward to speaking with you!


About the Opportunity

Psychologists work individually and on teams to provide psychological assessment, diagnosis and treatment intervention to individuals, families and groups.  They provide consultations to hospital staff.  Psychologists engage in research and program evaluation.  Psychologists develop and evaluate new assessment, treatment programs and services to better meet patient needs. Psychologists teach and supervise psychology trainees and other health profession learners.  Psychologists utilizes discipline specific skills, knowledge, related clinical experiences and abilities to provide psychological assessments, care planning, direct clinical interventions (individual and group) and consultation to staff on complex cases and psychological issues across all areas. Although most psychologists engage in all of these activities, they differ in the proportion of time allocated to each.  The broad percentage ranges below reflect this variability.  Mental Health Psychologists work with patients with primarily mental health problems.  Geriatric Psychologists work with the elderly with mental health, medical or cognitive problems. Health Psychologists address psychological issues associated with medical disorders or diseases.  Neuropsychologists focus on human behaviour as it is affected by abnormal functioning of the central nervous system.

About You

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

  • PhD in Psychology from an educational institution acceptable to the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology
  • Registered or eligible to register with the appropriate regulatory body within the Province of Nova Scotia (acceptable if can be registered as Candidate Register initially, if a recent graduate of a training program); a Candidate Register status for a doctoral psychologist typically lasts for one year and involves monthly supervision and culminates in written and oral exams to allow transition to fully independent/unsupervised practice. 
  • Advanced training and experience in child and adolescent mental health
  • Advanced Knowledge of the DSM  and ability to use to assess and diagnose childhood mental health disorders (ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavior disorder, neurodevelopmental disorders) concurrent disorders and the ability to identify and refer on more severe disorders (e.g. psychosis, bipolar)
  • Diagnostic training and experience, completing mental health assessments  and implementing evidence based treatment plans for children and adolescents
  • Experience completing psychoeducational and other psychological assessments
  • Demonstrated  leadership skills in working collaboratively and cooperatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team within a flexible work schedule and environment
  • Demonstrated expertise to practice  behavior management, cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy for children and adolescents, and brief therapy models
  • Exemplary ability to coordinate the development of effective linkages with other agencies such as, justice, education, social service and community agencies as needed
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis and suicide risk assessment and intervention.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively and cooperatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team within a flexible work schedule and environment
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis and suicide risk assessment and intervention
  • Experience providing supervision
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills
  • The ability to work with a high degree of autonomy in a manner consistent with the policies and standards of Mental Health Services and NSHA
  • Group facilitation is required
  • 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.


  • Permanent, full-time position; 75 hours biweekly

Compensation and Incentives

$56.18 - $62.42 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. 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. Our priority groups are Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+. 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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