Recruitment #240209-7717AR-001


Are you skilled in training and mentoring?
Do you have a deep-rooted passion for supporting others on their journey?
If you're seeking an opportunity to make a difference in a dynamic and collaborative public sector healthcare environment, we invite you to join us!

Join the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) as a Trainer! We are recruiting individuals with expertise in facilitating behavioral health training, utilizing train-the-trainer models, and developing curriculum for impactful roles in our behavioral health setting. Delve into the details below and embrace the chance to contribute to something truly meaningful! 

  • FACILITY: Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH)
  • LOCATION: Middletown, CT
  • HOURS: Full-time, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.*
  • SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday*
  • *NOTE: Schedule flexibility may be necessary to meet agency needs
  • Join an Award-Winning Team: Be part of the prestigious Forbes-ranked State of Connecticut, recognized as one of the Best Employers of 2023. Experience national acclaim for providing unparalleled job growth, competitive benefits, and flexible schedules.
  • Platinum Healthcare Excellence: Enjoy the nation's top-rated healthcare plan for state employees and their dependents. Our Platinum Healthcare Plan, ranked the best by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and endorsed by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., ensures comprehensive coverage and well-being for you and your family.
  • Secure Your Future: Benefit from our robust pension plan and explore supplemental retirement offerings, ensuring a secure and comfortable future for you and your loved ones.
  • Invest in Your Education and Future: As a Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, the State of Connecticut supports your educational journey. You may qualify for student loan forgiveness after just 10 years of dedicated service. Learn more here.
  • Time for What Matters: Embrace a healthy work-life balance with generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year. Prioritize your well-being and make the most of your personal time. 
  • Unlock Your Potential: Grow professionally with a range of development opportunities. The State of Connecticut is committed to nurturing your skills and helping you reach new heights in your career.
  • Cultivate Balance: We believe in a healthy work/life balance for all our employees. Join us in fostering an environment where your professional and personal lives harmonize, allowing you to thrive in both.
    • Prepare and conduct training courses across the disciplines within the agency, emphasizing demonstration of skills and core components of the Train-the-Trainer model when appropriate
    • Assist in planning, developing, coordinating, and evaluating comprehensive training programs
    • Evaluate employee skills and develops strategies to address any gaps in learning
    • Develop course objectives, curricula, outlines, and content specific to targeted audience
    • Research learning material and resources with a focus on evidence-based and best practice approaches
    • Organize and develop annual refreshers or recertifications
    DMHAS is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

    Whiting Forensic Hospital is dedicated to providing high-quality, comprehensive, and individualized treatment and evaluation services for patients with mental health conditions involved in the criminal justice system or not yet ready for less restrictive settings. We prioritize the civil and human rights of each patient, aiming to assist individuals in managing their illnesses and achieving personal recovery goals for safe community living.


    Selection Plan

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    To Apply:
    • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
    • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
    • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
    • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
    • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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    • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
    • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
    • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
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    In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in preparing and conducting training programs.


    • Prepares and conducts training courses;
    • Assists in planning, developing, coordinating and evaluating comprehensive training programs;
    • Conducts needs assessments;
    • Develops course objectives, curricula, outlines and contents;
    • Selects and develops training methods and materials;
    • Researches learning material and resources;
    • Monitors and evaluates training courses and participants progress;
    • Provides technical assistance and consultation;
    • Maintains records and prepares reports;
    • Organizes and maintains a library of training materials;
    • May conduct drills and exercises;
    • Performs related duties as required.


    • Knowledge of
      • principles and techniques of training and staff development;
      • education methods and techniques;
    • Considerable
      • interpersonal skills;
      • oral and written communication skills; 
    • Ability to
      • assess training needs and determine objectives;
      • develop, organize and conduct training courses;
      • utilize computer software.


    Six (6) years of technical experience in training, staff development, or adult education.


    • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
    • A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
    • Successful completion of a Connecticut Careers Trainee program approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for the General Experience.


    • Experience facilitating in-services and training in a behavioral health setting
    • Experience utilizing a train-the-trainer model focused on a behavioral health-related curriculum
    • Experience developing training curriculum for use in a behavioral health setting


    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess specialized certifications for designated positions prior to appointment.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.



    The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


    As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.