School Mental Health Clinician - SchoolsPlus - Glace Bay - Mental Health & Addictions

Date: Jan 15, 2022

Location: Sydney, NS, CA, B1P 1P3

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

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

Req ID: 101079
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern
 Zone, Schoolbased - John Bernard Croak Victoria Cross Memorial School  
Department: MHA EZ Schools Plus Initiative

Type of Employment: Temporary  Hourly FT long-assignment  (100%  FTE) x 1  position(s)
Status: Unifor Hlthcare
Posting Closing Date: 20-Jan-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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The clinician will report to the Manager of Child and Adolescent, Mental Health and Addictions. All services will be provided directly in the school community environment within the designated SchoolsPlus schools. This is a collaborative model that is comprehensive and student focused. Partners work together to educate and provide service to the child and their family, with the school as the center of the service. The clinician is a member of a school-based multidisciplinary team and participates in the planning, development, provision and evaluation of mental health services for the assigned population in designated school settings. The service will focus on early identification and intervention of mental health disorders for children and adolescent within the school population. The clinician will act as a liaison between the client, school, and mental health services.


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


  • Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in clinical mental health and/or addiction stream from an accredited program specializing in children, adolescents and families

If above not available, a master’s degree in Social Work from an acceptable institution that can demonstrate a significant portion of coursework focused on the areas of children, adolescents and families will be considered.

  • Eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW)
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in an inpatient/outpatient mental health setting providing independent assessment and treatment of mental health disorders in children, adolescents and their families, including concurrent disorders (substance abuse/dependence and mental illness)
  • Demonstrated expertise about the principles of behaviour management, cognitive behaviour therapy, group therapy for children and adolescents, and brief therapy models
  • Knowledge of the DSM-V and ability to use it to assess and diagnose common childhood mental health disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, behaviour disorders) and the ability to identify and refer on more severe disorders (e.g., psychosis, bipolar)
  • Experience in crisis intervention and risk assessment
  • 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 such as, justice, education, social service and community agencies as needed
  • Extensive knowledge of community resources
  • Experience and ability to provide mental health training and education sessions, including grand rounds case presentations
  • Travel to other sites is required and must have access to reliable vehicle.
  • Rural travel is required
  • Evening hours are 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.


Commencing as soon as possible, for approximately 12 months.


These dates are anticipated and may be subject to change.


Travel may be required, must have access to reliable vehicle.


Evening hours may be required.

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

Salary Information

School Mental Health Clinician (HTH037):

$34.99 - $45.99 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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