Health Care Social Worker (Masters) - Schools Plus (Eskasoni)- Mental Health & Addictions

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

Req ID: 124205
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern  Zone, Cape Breton Regional Hospital  
Department: MHA EZ Schools Plus Initiative
Type of Employment: Permanent  Hourly PT  (50%  FTE) x 1  position(s)
Status: Unifor Hlthcare  position
Posting Closing Date: 27-Mar-23

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, Child & Adolescent - Mental Health & Addictions, the Social Worker functions as a member of both the SchoolsPlus team and the Child & Adolescent MH&A team. The purpose of this position is to support the SchoolsPlus team with Mental Health related areas of concern. The main responsibilities of this position will be to: 1) work within the SchoolsPlus model and refer to the formal mental health system as required; 2) provide early identification and intervention, screening, consultation, navigation, brief intervention; and 3) co-facilitate groups/workshops within the schools. The Healthcare Social Worker will also connect with Child & Adolescent MH&A team for professional development opportunities, clinical case reviews, mentoring and supervision, and provide ‘Choice’ appointments for the formal mental health system at the current SchoolsPlus sites. The Social Worker will practice the principles and philosophy of CAPA (Choice and Partnership Approach) in all areas of position responsibility.
The Social Worker ensures that the principles and practices that guide NSHA such as the mission, vision, values, expected behaviours, 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.
Schools Plus is a collaborative model that is comprehensive and student focused. Multiple partners work together to educate and provide service to the whole child and family, with the school as the centre of service.  Working within the Schools Plus Model, the clinician will report to the Child and Adolescent Manager, Mental Health and Addictions, for all clinical duties pertaining to individuals, groups and families.  The clinician is a member of the multidisciplinary team and participates in the planning, development, provision and evaluation of mental health services for the assigned population in designated school settings.

About You

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

  • • Masters of Social Work.
    • Current registration with the NSCSW, or eligible to become registered, required.

    • Two (2) years related clinical experience required, practicum training or experience in the child and youth mental health outpatient field is an asset.
    • Practicum training or experience in the child and youth mental health outpatient field is an asset.
    • Ongoing professional development is required.
    • Ongoing development related to information systems (such as SAP and Meditech).
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook).
    • Competence in assessment, intervention (individual, family and group) and research.
    • Knowledge of mental illness.
    • Knowledge of DSM V.
    • Knowledge of health promotion and community resources/development.
    • Demonstrated accountability.
    • Demonstrated judgment and decision-making skills.
    • Strong client focus and ability to lead solid client/practitioner relationships.
    • Demonstrated communication and conflict-resolution skills.
    • Demonstrated collaboration and teamwork skills.
    • Committed to continuous improvement and innovation.
    • Demonstrated leadership abilities.

    • Demonstrated planning, organization and time management skills.
    • Commitment to promoting a culture of respect that supports safety, ethical practices, cultural awareness and organizational health.
    • Valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle.
    • 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, 50% position; 37.5 Hours Bi Weekly

Compensation and Incentives

$36.59- $48.09 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)


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 - UNIFOR  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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