Clinical Therapist - Urgent Care - Mental Health & Addictions

Date: Dec 25, 2021

Location: Kentville, NS, CA, B4N 5E3

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

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

Req ID: 110295
Location: Western Zone, Valley Regional Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: MHA WZ Crisis Response VRH
Type of Employment: Casual Relief   (3% FTE) x 2 position(s)
Union Status:  CUPE 

Posting Closing Date: 28-Jan-22

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


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 (HC87):

$34.99 - $45.99 Hourly


Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - CUPE position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) 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 Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent 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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