Clinical Therapist - SchoolsPlus - Mental Health & Addictions

Date: Nov 12, 2021

Location: Sydney, NS, CA, B1P 1P3

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

​Req ID: 120829
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern  Zone, Schoolbased - Dalbrae Academy; Mabou, NS  
Department: MHA EZ Schools Plus Program
Type of Employment: Permanent  Hourly FT  (100%  FTE) x 1  position(s)
Status: CUPE Healthcare  position
Posting Closing Date: 2-Dec-21

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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Reporting to the Manager, Child & Adolescent - Mental Health & Addictions, the clinician provides services directly in the school community environment within the designated SchoolsPlus schools. SchoolsPlus is a collaborative model that is comprehensive and student focused. Partners work together to educate and provide service to the child and their family, with the school as the center of the service. The clinician is a member of a school-based multidisciplinary team and participates in the planning, development, provision and evaluation of mental health services for the assigned population in designated school settings. The service will focus on early identification and intervention of mental health disorders for children and adolescent within the school population. The clinician will act as a liaison between the client, school, and mental health services.


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


  • Successful completion of Masters in Psychology, Masters in Social Work, Masters in Nursing, Masters in Occupational Therapy, or other Counselling program
  • Registered or eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP), Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers (NSCSW), Nova Scotia College of Nurses (NSCN), College of Occupational Therapy Nova Scotia (COTNS), or Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapy (NSCCT).
  • Minimum of two years' clinical experience required, including assessment and planning, as well, treatment and intervention. Experience providing services to children & adolescents required.
  • Non-violent crisis intervention, CPR, First Aid and WHMIS training or willingness to obtain
  • Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Short-Term Solution- Focused Therapy, as applicable to the position
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • A demonstrated professional and clinical knowledge base appropriate to the field of child and youth mental health is essential, including knowledge of DSM, behaviour management, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), group therapy and brief therapy.
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution, critical thinking and decision making skills.
  • A vision of client/family centered care and an ability to develop therapeutic relationships.
  • Demonstrated collaboration and teamwork skills.
  • Knowledge of health promotion and community resources.
  • Ability to work in a self-directed environment and also effectively within an interdisciplinary team
  • Working knowledge and proficiency with a variety of computer software and programs
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. 
  • Strong leadership, organizational and prioritizing skills
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and professional development
  • Commitment to maintain and protect patient, client, and personal safety on an ongoing basis
  • Commitment to confidentiality and privacy of NSHA patients and clients
  • Annually access the training and education on patient, client and personal safety made available by NSHA
  • The successful applicant will have a commitment to the mission and values of the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
  • Successful external applicants are required to provide a Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) and a Child Abuse Registry check 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

Permanent (100%) full-time position; 75.00 hours bi-weekly.

Evening hours may be required.

This position supports the Strait Regional family of schools.

Travel is required, must have access to reliable vehicle. 

Salary Information

Clinical Therapist:

$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. 

​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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