Clinical Therapist - Adult Outpatient - Mental Health & Addictions

Date: Jan 15, 2022

Location: Sydney, NS, CA, B1P 1P3

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

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

Req ID: 106919
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern
 Zone, Cape Breton Regional Hospital  
Department: MHA EZ Community Based Services

Type of Employment: Temporary  Hourly FT long-assignment  (100%  FTE) x 1  position(s)
Status: NSGEU PH & AS
Posting Closing Date: 21-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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The Clinical Therapist is a member of the Adult Service, Mental Health and Addictions.  Reporting to the Manager, the Clinical Therapist provides assessment and planning, treatment and intervention, and crisis management for clients. The Clinical Therapist carries out the general duties of the Adult Service team but in addition to those duties, participates in quality initiatives in the program of care, engages in collaborative person-centered care, and utilizes available information technology to support best practice. The Clinical Therapist receives and provides supervision and mentorship as part of a community of practice. It is an expectation that the Clinical Therapist will act in a professional and ethical manner, following all recognized codes of ethics, standards, legislation, and guidelines relevant to clinical practice and profession. They will convey respect and a solid understanding of subtle and complex diversity and inclusion issues as they relate to specific groups.


Recruitment incentives and relocation may be offered to the successful candidate based on qualifying criteria.


  • Master’s Degree in a clinical health-related discipline (Masters in Social Work, Psychology, Masters in Counseling, Masters in Nursing or Masters in Occupational Therapy)
  • Current registration with relevant provincial regulatory body or eligible
  • Minimum of two years' related experience required (including assessment and planning, treatment and intervention and discharge planning).
  • In-depth and critical understanding of the principles of harm reduction, the dynamics of addiction and evidence based interventions for the treatment of addiction.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of standard criteria used (DSM V) for the classification and diagnosis of mental health disorders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in individual/ group cognitive behavioral therapy as well as psycho educational groups.
  • Excellent problem-solving, organizational and prioritization skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in crisis intervention, suicide and violence risk assessment/ intervention
  • Non-violent crisis intervention, Standard First Aid, CPR, Mental Health First Aid training required.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently with limited supervision and participate as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Basic competencies in relation to identifying and treating concurrent mental health and substance use disorders
  • Experience in interviewing, counseling and teaching health concepts to individuals, families and groups.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in collaborating with families in relation to sharing information, and implementing family-sensitive services that involve families in the care and recovery of people living mental illness and addiction.
  • 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

Full-time (100%) long-assignment; 75.00 hours bi-weekly

With an anticipated start date of August 1, 2021 and an expected end date of August 1, 2023 (approximately 24 months).

These dates are approximate and may be subject to change. 

Recruitment incentives and relocation may be offered to the successful candidate based on qualifying criteria.

Salary Information

Clinical Therapist (HTH009):

$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 - NSGEU  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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