Psychologist PhD - Personality Disorder Program - Mental Health & Addictions

​Req ID: 161505
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Central Zone, Nova Scotia Hospital  
Department: MHA CZ Personality Disorder Program
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly PT (70% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Status: NSGEU
 Healthcare Position
Posting Closing Date: 27-May-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 to see why more people from across the globe are moving here.

About the Opportunity

The Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Program is an outpatient, tertiary care service that provides intensive treatment for adults with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Our team has received intensive training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT); however, our overall approach is one of assimilative integration. That is, our treatment is anchored in and adherent to DBT, providing all four modes of treatment (including telephone consultation during office hours), yet we integrate principles and techniques from other orientations, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy  and process group theory. Clinicians contribute to the academic mandate of the Mental Health and Addictions Program through program evaluation, clinical research, teaching, clinical supervision, and consultation to other teams and services within the Mental Health and Addictions Program.


Reporting to the Health Services Manager, Specialty Services and the Clinical Director, the Psychologist will be a part of an interdisciplinary team providing specialized assessment and treatment of BPD. They will provide direct clinical care, supervise other clinicians and trainees, and contribute to the academic mandate of the Mental Health and Addictions Program.


Please Note: Recruitment incentives may be offered to the successful candidates based on qualifying criteria.

About You

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


  • Recognized doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology or eligible for registration. 
  • Experience teaching and providing clinical supervision.
  • Knowledge of and experience providing evidence-based interventions for a range of mental health problems.
  • Training in and experience conducting psychodiagnostics assessments.
  • Capable of independent professional judgment, initiative, self-reliance, and adaptability in developing, organizing, supervising, and delivering high quality psychological services.
  • Interest in and experience conducting program evaluation.
  • Registered or eligible for registration under NSBEP
  • Eligible for academic appointments with the Departments of Psychology and/or Psychiatry at Dalhousie University
  • Training in and experience providing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and/or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are particular assets.
  • Training and experience in group treatment and/or process groups
  • 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 Part-Time / 70% FTE / 52.5 Hours Bi-weekly

Compensation and Incentives

$49.94 - $62.42 hourly

Successful candidates may also be eligible for a signing bonus and relocation assistance with a defined Return of Service contract.

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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