Health Care Social Worker (Masters), Mental Health and Addictions

Req ID: 142253
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Western
Zone, Our Health Centre  
Department: MHA WZ Clinic FMH

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

Status: CUPE Healthcare Position
Posting Closing Date: 31-Mar-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

Health Care Social Workers provide a diverse range of interventions to clients and their families, enabling them to achieve their optimal level of functioning and health. These interventions include: psychosocial assessments, adjustment therapy, supportive therapy, crisis counselling, resource counselling, and discharge planning and case management.

Health Care Social Workers are actively involved in advocacy, education, program planning, consultation and collaboration on behalf of individuals/groups within the institution and community. The role is multifaceted and dynamic, requiring each Social Worker to work autonomously as well as collaboratively within interdisciplinary teams. The Health Care Social Worker is a licensed professional who practices in accordance with a set of National/Provincial Standards and Code of Ethics and Department Procedures, Policies and Standards. The Health Care Social Worker is responsible for supervising undergraduate and graduate students in work placements. The Health Care Social Worker provides consultation based upon an advanced level of educa1ion (MSW) which includes an integrated knowledge of the social, structural, emotional, psychological and cultural factors that affect well-being. 

About You

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

  • Master's degree in Social Work from a recognized university
  • Current registration with the NSCSW
  • Two (2) years related clinical experience required
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
  • Ability to reach a joint formulation with the client and family
  • Demonstrated experience integrating various psychotherapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, and/or motivational interviewing in both individual and group work
  • Advanced psychotherapy skills; including in brief therapies
  • Demonstrated experience providing group treatment
  • Ability to complete mental health assessments using DSM formulations.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Awareness of local community resources and agencies would be considered an asset
  • Valid Nova Scotia Driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Ability to demonstrate effective time management and disciplined self-organization
  • Demonstrated comfort and skills working collaboratively with community partners
  • 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 12 months
  • Dates are subject to change 

Compensation and Incentives

$36.04-$47.38 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, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.


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