Psychologist (PhD) - Adult Outpatient - Mental Health & Addictions

Req ID: 126579
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern
Zone, Cape Breton Regional Hospital  
Department: MHA EZ Mental Health Clinic SYD

Type of Employment: Temporary Hourly PT long-assignment (50% FTE) x 1 position(s)

Status: Healthcare UNIFOR position
Posting Closing Date: 8-Jul-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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Reporting to the Manager of Adult Outpatient Mental Health & Addictions, the Psychologist provides services to adults aged 19 yrs and older. The psychologist will function as a primary therapist within a multidisciplinary team and will be involved in the planning, development and evaluation of the treatment planning for clients utilizing both individual therapy and group treatment models. The Psychologist will be expected to assess, diagnose and consult on complex presenting issues including concurrent disorders, borderline personality disorders and trauma. The psychologist will also act as a clinical leader and provide collaborative treatment planning and supervision of other members of the team.


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


  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from an educational institution acceptable to the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology.
  • Registered, or eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology.
  • Three (3) years clinical training and experience in providing psychological services to adults with mental health & concurrent disorders.
  • Knowledge of the DSM and ability to use to assess and diagnose common mental health disorders (e.g. anxiety, depression) and the ability to identify and refer on more severe disorders (e.g. psychosis, bipolar).
  • Diagnostic experience completing mental health assessments and implementing evidence based treatment plans.
  • Demonstrated ability in cognitive behaviour therapy, group therapy and brief therapy models.
  • Experience providing supervision.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively and cooperatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team within a flexible work schedule and environment.
  • Exemplary ability to coordinate the development of effective linkages with other agencies as needed.
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis and suicide risk assessment and intervention.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills.
  • Willing to participate in clinical training activities.
  • The ability to work with a high degree of autonomy in a manner consistent with the policies and standards of Mental Health and Addictions Services and Cape Breton District Health Authority.
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
  • Successful 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

Part Time Position (50%); 37.5 hours biweekly

Long Assignment, commencing as soon as possible for approximately one year

Dates are approximate and may be subject to change


Salary Information

$54.55 - $60.61 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 - 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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