School Mental Health Clinician - SchoolsPlus - Sydney - Mental Health & Addictions

Date: Jun 8, 2021

Location: Sydney, NS, CA, B1S 0L5

Company: Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre

Req ID: 113747
Location: Eastern Zone, Schoolbased - prime location Sydney Academy 
Company: NSHA
Department: MHA EZ Schools Plus Initiative
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT   (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare UNIFOR 

Posting Closing Date: 22-Jun-21

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


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.



  • 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

Permanent (100%) full-time position; 75.00 hours bi-weekly.

Evening hours may be required.

Travel is required, must have access to reliable vehicle.


Salary Information

School Mental Health Clinician (HTH037):

$34.99 - $45.99 hourly


Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - UNIFOR position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) 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 Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent 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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