Capital District Health Authority School Mental Health/School Psychologist III – Mental Health, Schoolt Plus Full Time in Halifax, NS

Capital District Health Authority

Branch Halifax NS CA

School Mental Health/School Psychologist III – Mental Health, Schoolt Plus
Halifax, NS

Training and experience in child and adolescent mental health. Diagnostic training and experience, completing mental health assessments and implementing…

Opening Statement

The 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.


Here is an opportunity to join your passion for your practice to your sense of adventure! Acadian culture, the sea air and the great outdoors will offer a variety of rewarding experiences. The psychologist will report to the Manager of Child and Adolescent Mental Health & Addiction Services, however will have shared responsibilities with both the NSHA (Cape Breton Area) & the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP). Approximately 0.5 of this position will be devoted to providing traditional school psychology services at two CSAP school locations: NDA, Cheticamp and Etoile de L¿Acadie, Sydney. The other 0.5 of this position will be to provide school mental health services to Etoile de L¿Acadie. All services are to be provided in French, and when requested or required services are to be available in English. School Mental Health services will be provided directly in the school environment within the designated Schools Plus schools. Schools Plus 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 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 liason between the client, school, and mental health services. The CSAP provides French education to nearly 5000 Acadian and Francophone students. The School Psychologist will be expected to participate as a valuable member of the program planning team and provide psychoeducational assessment of students to highlight the strengths and weakness of a student, utilize a variety of evidence based processes to identify the profile and needs of the student, value prevention strategies in school, perform functional behavior analysis, participate in the development of tailored intervention plans, including behavior management, identify solutions conducive to improving student success, and evaluate regularly the progress and effectiveness of the strategies used.


* Master degree in Clinical or School Psychology
* Registered or eligible to register with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology
* Training and experience in child and adolescent mental health
* Minimum 3 years experience providing mental health services to children and adolescents
* Knowledge of the DSM5 and ability to use to assess and diagnose common childhood mental health disorders (ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavior disorders) and to identify and refer more severe disorders ( psychosis, bipolar)
* Diagnostic training and experience, completing mental health assessments and implementing evidence based treatment plans for children and adolescents
* Demonstrated expertise about the principles of behavior management, cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, and brief therapy models
* Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the psychological assessment of social, emotional, academic, intellectual and information processing skills of students to complete the assessment and diagnosis of individual students to better understand the student and to assist
in developing appropriate programs which enhance learning and social outcomes;
* Demonstrated ability to prepare comprehensive written psychoeducational assessment reports on students which include diagnoses, suggested teaching techniques, modifications and alternative strategies specific to the student’s needs
* Knowledge of educational planning and curriculum planning;
* Knowledge and experience in providing consultation with teachers, administrators and parents on the intellectual, academic, social and emotional development of students;
* Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively and cooperatively as part of a multi-disciplinary program planning team within a flexible work schedule and environment
* Demonstrated experience in crisis and suicide risk assessment and intervention.
* Excellent written and oral presentation skills in both French and English
* The ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and flexibility in a manner consistent with the policies and standards of Mental Health & Addiction Services/CBDHA & CSAP.
* Travel is required
* Evening hours required

Closing Statement

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. The Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment at this site. The Nova Scotia Health Authority policy at this site requires no smoking, vaping or tobacco use on the property or during staff-led patient outings. This means not using any tobacco products, other smoked or heated substances. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, pipes, vape pens and other Electronic Nictotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) at any time.

Additional Information

Applications may be faxed to (902) 567-7224, sent by e-mail to [email protected], or mailed to 1482 George Street, Sydney, NS B1P 1P3.

Please quote job posting # 10356 in your application.

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Halifax, NS, CA
Posted on: 2015-08-01
Posted by: