NSCSW Mental Health Service Providers/Supervisors Survey


Project Title: Repositioning Social Work Practice in Mental Health and Health Equity in Nova Scotia

Lead Investigator: Dr. Catrina Brown Dalhousie University School of Social Work, Tel: (902)494-7150, Email: catrina.brown@dal.ca Co-Investigators: Dr. Marjorie Johnstone and Dr. Nancy Ross.

For the purposes of this application we have designated a lead researcher but we view each other as co-applicants.

In order to receive clarification about the study at any time, or to report any potential difficulties related to the research, please contact Catrina.


You are invited to take part in a research study which explores social work supports provided while receiving mental health services in Nova Scotia by a social worker. This study is conducted by Dr. Catrina Brown (Lead Investigator/researcher, Associate Professor, School of Social Work), Dr. Marjorie Johnstone (Co-Investigator, Assistant Professor School of Social Work) and Dr. Nancy Ross (Co-Investigator, Assistant Professor School of Social Work).

Deciding whether to take part in this research is completely your choice the survey will take you between 10- 15 minutes to complete. The study is voluntary, and before you decide whether you wish to be involved, it is important to understand the purpose of the study, what risks might be involved, and what benefits may be gained.

Please ask the principal investigator (also known as the lead researcher) to clarify anything that you do not understand or would like further information about. We hope that all your questions are answered to your satisfaction before deciding whether to participate in this research study.


Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this research is to gain an in-depth understanding of social work mental health care in Nova Scotia.


How will the Researchers do the Study

As a participant in this study, you will be asked a series of questions that involve sharing your experiences of providing mental health care services as a social worker or social work supervisor. You will be asked some questions about what was helpful and not helpful in this process. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

The results of this study will be shared with participants upon the completion of the project.

Who can Participate in the Study To participate in this study you are an Nova Scotian adult between the ages of 18 and 65 who is a social work service provider or supervisor


Who will be Conducting the Research

The team of above-mentioned researchers, two research assistants will have access to the survey data and be involved in analyzing the data and writing up the results.


Potential Risks and Discomforts

There are no expected harms of the study. However, the nature of some of the questions may contribute to emotional or psychological distress or discomfort. You have the right to refuse or skip questions based on your personal comfort level with the material being discussed or withdraw your participation at any time.

Dr. Catrina Brown is a registered social worker with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers, and registered for private practice. She has a private practice in clinical social work/psychotherapy. She teaches therapy courses to masters level students in social work which includes lectures on trauma and abuse, mental health and substance use. She has also published in this area. She has experience working with suicidal clients and taught crisis counseling courses in the past. Dr. Marjorie Johnstone has an extensive history working in the area of short term crisis response and long term mental health care in both community and institutional settings and Dr. Nancy Ross has worked for 20 years in Nova Scotia in the area of mental health and addiction.


The lead investigator and interviewer will have a list of resources that will be made available if needed. These resources include:

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team- Nova Scotia Health Authority - phone: 902-422-4240

NSHA Mental Health and Addictions emergency -902-429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167

LGBT friendly 1-800-SUICIDE (Suicide Crisis Line)

Health Line phone 811

Avalon Sexual Assault Center if distress is related to sexual assault 902-422-4240

Adsum for Women & Children for distress related to precarious housing (902) 423-4443;

Bryony House for abused women -distress number 902.422.7650;

Dalhousie Student Health Services, Counseling & Psychological Services,

for Dalhousie Students 902-494-2171

Nova Scotia College of Social Workers list of practitioners - nscsw.org/ or 902) 429-7799.

Should individuals be distressed or in crisis they will also be advised to contact their regular therapist should they have one, their family doctor, or visit the closest emergency

Potential Benefits Taking part may be of no help to you personally but may be future benefit to others. Your knowledge, experience and insight may help contribute to the to the current understanding of social work practice in Nova Scotia. Specifically, this research could contribute to addressing barriers and may need lead to the improvement of organizational supports could initiate some changes in social service delivery. A report will be produced for the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers on Social Work and Mental Health Care in Nova Scotia.


Costs and Reimbursement

There will be no compensation for your participation in this study.

Confidentiality and Anonymity Your name will not be associated with your responses to the survey. You are asked not to provide any identifying information.


How will my Privacy be Protected?

Protecting your privacy is an important part of this study. Every effort to protect your privacy will be made.

As you are participating in this survey online the research team is not able to identify who you are therefore we will be able to keep the information you provide in the survey confidential.

You have the right to check that your participation has been reflected accurately in the research themes produced.

You have the right to be informed of the results of this study once the entire study is complete.

If you Decide to Stop Participating As your responses to the survey do not have your name attached to them they become part of the overall data collected. You can stop participating during the survey by simply existing the browser or choose not to answer particular questions. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary.

How to Obtain Study Results Following the completion of the study we will provide a summarized final report on the study findings to the NSCSW website. No individual findings will be provided. The results of this research should be available in early 2020.

Questions We are happy to talk with you about any questions, clarifications or concerns you may have about your participation in this research study. Please contact Catrina at (902) 494-7150 or catrina.brown@dal.ca at any time with questions, comments, or concerns about the research study. At the beginning of the study you will be provided a copy of the consent form for your records and there will be time before the interview begins to ask any questions as well.

Problems or Concerns If you have any ethical concerns about your participation in this research the Director, Research Ethics, Dalhousie University may be contacted at (902) 494-1462, or email: ethics@dal.

What are my Research Rights?

You have the right to all information that could help you decide about participating in this study. You also have the right to ask questions about this study and your rights as a research participant, and to have them answered to your satisfaction before you make any decision. You also have the right to ask questions and to receive answers throughout this study.

By choosing to participate in the survey you are giving consent to your participation. Your participation will be anonymous as your name will not be attached.

This research study has been supported by Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.


Catrina Brown, PhD

Marjorie Johnstone, PhD

Nancy Ross, PhD

1. I have read and understood the survey description above and give my consent to participate in this study and for the researchers to incorporate my responses into the survey write-up and the open-access dataset under the terms described above.