Psychologist (PhD) - Child & Adolescent Services - Mental Health & Addictions

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


Req ID: 116060
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern
 Zone, Cape Breton Regional Hospital  
Department: MHA EZ Child & Adolescent Services

e of Employment: Temporary  Hourly FT long-assignment  (100%  FTE) x 1  position(s)
Status: Unifor Hlthcare
Posting Closing Date: 17-Oct-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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Psychologists work individually and on teams to provide psychological assessment, diagnosis and treatment intervention to individuals, families and groups.  They provide consultations to hospital staff.  Psychologists engage in research and program evaluation.  Psychologists develop and evaluate new assessment, treatment programs and services to better meet patient needs. Psychologists teach and supervise psychology trainees and other health profession learners.  Psychologists utilizes discipline specific skills, knowledge, related clinical experiences and abilities to provide psychological assessments, care planning, direct clinical interventions (individual and group) and consultation to staff on complex cases and psychological issues across all areas. Although most psychologists engage in all of these activities, they differ in the proportion of time allocated to each.  The broad percentage ranges below reflect this variability.  Mental Health Psychologists work with patients with primarily mental health problems.  Geriatric Psychologists work with the elderly with mental health, medical or cognitive problems.  Health Psychologists address psychological issues associated with medical disorders or diseases.  Neuropsychologists focus on human behaviour as it is affected by abnormal functioning of the central nervous system.


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


  • PhD in Psychology from an educational institution acceptable to the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology
  • Registered or eligible to register with the appropriate regulatory body within the Province of Nova Scotia (acceptable if can be registered as Candidate Register initially, if a recent graduate of a training program); a Candidate Register status for a doctoral psychologist typically lasts for one year and involves monthly supervision and culminates in written and oral exams to allow transition to fully independent/unsupervised practice. 
  • Advanced training and experience in child and adolescent mental health
  • Advanced Knowledge of the DSM  and ability to use to assess and diagnose childhood mental health disorders (ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavior disorder, neurodevelopmental disorders) concurrent disorders and the ability to identify and refer on more severe disorders (e.g. psychosis, bipolar)
  • Diagnostic training and experience, completing mental health assessments  and implementing evidence based treatment plans for children and adolescents
  • Experience completing psychoeducational and other psychological assessments
  • Demonstrated  leadership skills in working collaboratively and cooperatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team within a flexible work schedule and environment
  • Demonstrated expertise to practice  behavior management, cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy for children and adolescents, and brief therapy models
  • Exemplary ability to coordinate the development of effective linkages with other agencies such as, justice, education, social service and community agencies as needed
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis and suicide risk assessment and intervention.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively and cooperatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team within a flexible work schedule and environment
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis and suicide risk assessment and intervention
  • Experience providing supervision
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills
  • The ability to work with a high degree of autonomy in a manner consistent with the policies and standards of Mental Health Services and NSHA
  • Group facilitation is required
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
  • Successful external applicants are required to provide a Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) and Child Abuse Registry 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 November 1, 2021 and an expected end date of May 1, 2023 (approximately 18 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

PhD Psychologist (HTH067):

$48.49 - $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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