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

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


​Req ID: 101989
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern  Zone, Cape Breton Regional Hospital  
Department: MHA EZ Community Based Services
Type of Employment: Permanent  Hourly FT  (100%  FTE) x 1  position(s)
Status: NSGEU PH & AS  position
Posting Closing Date: 19-Dec-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 of Adult Outpatient Mental Health & Addictions, the Psychologist provides services to adults aged 19 years 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.

About You

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

  • 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 Nova Scotia Health
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

Please ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training and credentials.


  • Permanent, full-time position; 75 hours biweekly
  • Travel and evening hours may be required.

Compensation and Incentives

$56.18 - $62.42 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 benefits plan.


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. 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 - 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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