Job Postings

Social Worker III - School's Plus Program - Mental Health & Addictions

Nova Scotia Health Authority

Kentville, Nova Scotia

Req ID: 5138
Location: Western  Chipman Building
Company: NSHA
Department: 60063031 MHS Schools Plus Program
Type of Employment: Regular Hourly FT  (100% FTE) x 1.0 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare CUPE Healthcare
Posting Closing Date: 04-Jul-17

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

Reporting to the Manager, Child & Youth (C&Y) Services Mental Health & Addictions (MH&A) Program, the Social Worker functions as a member of both the Schools Plus team and the Child & Youth MH&A team. The purpose of this position is to support the Schools Plus team with Mental Health related areas of concern.
The main responsibilities of this position will be to:
1) Work within the Schools Plus model and refer to the formal mental health system as required
2) Provide early identification and clinical intervention, screening, consultation, navigation, brief intervention
3) Co-facilitate groups and workshops within the schools.
The clinician will also connect with C&Y MHAS team for professional development opportunities, clinical case reviews, mentoring and supervision, and provide 'Choice' appointments for the formal mental health system at the current Schools Plus sites. The Social Worker will practice the principles and philosophy of CAPA (Choice and Partnership Approach) in all areas of position responsibility.
The Social Worker ensures that the principles and practices that guide NSHA such as the mission, vision, values, expected behaviours, the leadership philosophy, organizational health, population health, ethics, safety, quality, partnerships and inter-professional collaboration are integrated within the services they provide and through the messages they deliver.

* Masters of Social Work & registered with the Nova Scotia Association of Social Work
* Two years of related clinical experience required
* Competence in assessment, clinical intervention (individual, family, and group) and research
* Specialized knowledge of acute and persistent mental disorders and concurrent disorders
* Knowledge and competence in evidenced based interventions such as CBT, DBT and risk assessment
* Working knowledge of the DSM V-TR
* Working knowledge of psychotropic pharmacology
* Understanding of substance use, abuse and dependency.
* Knowledge of standards that guide the profession.
* Knowledge of and ability to link to community resources
* Development related to Information Systems (ex. MHOIS, SAP and Meditech)
* Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
* Demonstrated accountability
* Demonstrated judgment and decision making skills
* Strong client focus and ability to build solid client/practitioner relationships
* Demonstrated communication and conflict resolution skills
* Demonstrated collaboration and teamwork skills
* Commitment to continuous improvement and innovation
* Demonstrated leadership abilities
* Demonstrated planning, organization and time management skills
* Commitment to promoting a culture that supports safety, ethical practices and organizational health

Additional Qualifications
* Physical capabilities to perform the duties of the position
* Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
* Successful external applicants are required to provide a criminal record check to People & Organizational Development before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment

Hours of Work

* Regular full-time position; 75 hours biweekly
* Travel to community based and NSHA sites is required

Salary Information

Social Worker III:
$32.6358 - $42.9027 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 applicants will be required to submit a criminal record check and assume any associated costs, as a condition of employment.

This is a Healthcare  CUPE Healthcare Unit Position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions

The Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.

Only online applications are accepted.
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Schools Plus Facilitator

Social Sciences

Chignecto-Central Regional School Board

Open/Undisclosed, Pictou County, Nova Scotia

Schools Plus Facilitator
Competition # 17-06-06

Primary Location:  TBA

(Position services other local schools, including PE/Mac, PA, Walter Duggan, NRHS, Dr. WA, Scotsburn, Saltsprings, G. R. Saunders, WPCS)

Full-time, Permanent, Non-Union Position

SchoolsPlus provides preventative, proactive programming as well as interventions for students and families. The vision for SchoolsPlus is for schools to become centres of service delivery enabling enhanced collaboration by bringing professionals and programs together to help children, youth and families. SchoolsPlus promotes an integrated service delivery model through co-location and/or partnership of services within a school such as: Community Services, Justice, Mental Health, Addiction Services and other community organizations.


Under the direction of the Celtic Family of Schools Supervisor, the Schools Plus Facilitator manages difficult and complex caseloads involving addictions, mental health, child welfare and justice issues; provides programming and support to youth at risk and their families; and develops and implements comprehensive service plans for youth with complex needs and then assesses their progress. The Schools Plus Facilitator maintains a monthly caseload, workload and other pertinent statistics for the purpose of both internal office and departmental evaluation and planning. S/he interviews and seeks input from school staff, service providers, students and families to determine ongoing needs of students and families and plans accordingly based on their social work knowledge, skills and values. S/he monitors, assesses and evaluates progress by maintaining ongoing contact with students and families who are on the Schools Plus caseload. S/he coordinates and links students and families to support and services as needed based on their social work knowledge. S/he assists clients with problem solving for social, emotional, academic, behavioural and legal problems. The Schools Plus Facilitator liaises with school board personnel and outside agencies to increase access to services for identified students and their families. Also, coordinates programs and activities that support the SchoolsPlus model to achieve student success and develop and maintain a positive public image and effective community relations.


Masters of Social Work or Counselling plus two years related experience; or Bachelor of Social Work plus four years related experience.

  • Experience in integrated service delivery and direct service delivery to children, youth and families with complex needs.
  • Current registration with the appropriate regulatory body, or eligible to become registered.
  • Familiarity and knowledge of the school board, Community Services, Justice, Health and Wellness and community resources. 
  • Capability to develop budgets and supervise funding utilization to ensure efficient and effective allocation of resources.
  • Ability to keep accurate records, maintain confidentiality and create case plans.
  • Experience working independently as well an ability to work collaboratively with various service providers.
  • Demonstrated experience in group facilitation and working with Advisory Committees.
  • Ability to engage and work with diverse communities and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to plan and organize a demanding caseload with minimum supervision. 
  • Willing to work flexible hours and over the summer. 
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel as needed.

Salary Range: $48,458 - $74,303 (subject to the Non-Union Salary system)

Interested applicants must apply to the following website:

Interested applicants must submit a résumé with a concise covering letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience.  The names of at least three (3) relevant professional references who have worked with you in a professional capacity must be included.   This is a non-union position which leads to permanent status following a successful six-month probationary period. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Start Date: Monday, August 21st, 2017

Location: CCRSB Central Office, 60 Lorne Street, Truro

Closing Date:  Friday, July 7th, 2017 at midnight

Schools Plus Community Outreach Worker

Education, Social Sciences

Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia

Victoria County, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia is a non-profit agency governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. For over 40 years, we have provided professional therapy and educational programs throughout the seven eastern counties of Nova Scotia.

Location: CBRM/Victoria County, Nova Scotia

Qualifications: Our Agency is seeking an individual with a minimum of a bachelor of social work degree, who has experience working with children, youth and families in a school setting. This position is a full time permanent contract.

Position Requirements: Reporting to the Director of Professional Services, the Schools Plus Outreach worker provides direct support to children, youth and families and will assist in navigating children, youth and families to services and resources in the community.  The Community Outreach Worker will work collaboratively with other school and agency staff to ensure that the student and/or family have timely access to services and programs.  Skills required for the position include, but are not limited to strong engagement skills, solution focused work, and an understanding of trauma informed principles. 

Persons considered for this position must have: membership in good standing with their professional regulatory association, a clear police background check, and a clear child abuse registry check. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority (all applicants should clearly indicate their status as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident). FSENS is an equal opportunities employer. FSENS encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal People, African Canadians or other persons from a visible minority group, persons with disabilities and women. Applicants who wish to be considered for this initiative should self-identify in their cover letter.

If you are interested, please forward a resume by end of day Friday, August 25, 2017 to:

Nancy MacDonald
Executive Director
Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia
295 George St, Suite 302      
Sydney, N.S., B1P 1J7
Fax (902) 564-5962   

While we appreciate all who apply, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.