Health Care Social Worker (Masters) - Adult Outpatient - Mental Health & Addictions

​Req ID: 130749
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern Zone, Cape Breton Regional Hospital  
Department: MHA EZ Mental Health Clinic SYD
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Status: Healthcare P
Posting Closing Date: 15-Aug-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.


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.

About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Manager of Adult Outpatient Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Social Worker works as a member of the multi-disciplinary team and will provide comprehensive services to adults with mental health/addiction disorders who fit within the established target population. Services may also include the provision of group treatment approaches and client, family and community education about mental health disorders and their treatments. Travel may be required.


The Social Worker ensures that the principles and practices that guide our work such as the mission, vision, values, expected behaviors, the leadership philosophy, organizational health, population health, ethics, safety, quality, partnerships and inter-professional collaboration are integrated within the services they provide and through the messages they deliver.


This position includes conducting comprehensive assessments, treatment planning and provision of professional clinical services for patients/clients who are living with complex mental health disorders and/or concurrent disorder(s).


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

About You

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

• Masters of Social Work with a specialization in a clinical or mental health stream (if not available, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from an acceptable educational institution that can demonstrate a significant portion of coursework focused on mental health disorders and treatment)
• Registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Work (NSCSW)
• Two years' of clinical experience in an inpatient/outpatient mental health setting, providing independent assessment and treatment of adult mental health disorders
• Competence in assessment, intervention (individual, family, and group) and research
• Specialized knowledge of acute and persistent mental illness and concurrent disorders
• Knowledge and competence in evidenced based interventions such as CBT, and risk assessment
• Evidence of knowledge and ability to complete mental health assessment, diagnosis and evidence based treatment using the DSM-V
• Working knowledge of psychotropic pharmacology
• Understanding of substance use, abuse and dependency.
• Knowledge of standards that guide the profession.
• Knowledge of and ability to link to community resources
• Development related to Information Systems (ex. MHOIS, SAP and Meditech)
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
• Demonstrated accountability
• Demonstrated judgment and decision making skills
• Strong client focus and ability to build solid client/practitioner relationships
• Demonstrated communication and conflict resolution skills
• Demonstrated collaboration and teamwork skills

• Commitment to continuous improvement and innovation
• Demonstrated leadership abilities
• Demonstrated planning, organization and time management skills
• Commitment to promoting a culture that supports safety, ethical practices and organizational health
• 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 ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training, and certifications.


  • Permanent Full time position; 75 Hours Bi-weekly 

Compensation and Incentives

  • $36.04 - $47.38 hourly  


Successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage as well as a defined benefit pension plan. (Permanent Long Assignments Only)


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.


​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, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+. 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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