Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Professional Counselor (35 Hour)

Recruitment #210112-6355HC-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) is seeking to fill a position for a motivated and experienced Licensed Professional Counselor at Osborn Correctional Institution in Somers, CT.
Professional Counselors within the correctional setting provide a range of clinical and case management functions to women entering the custody of the Department of Correction.

Are you passionate for delivering high quality care in a clinical setting? 
This position could be the key to launch your career in the public sector! 

The incumbent in this position will have the opportunity to work within a clinically rich setting, with opportunities to provide intake assessments, individual psychotherapy, crisis management, suicide risk assessment, case management services and other clinical activities. Additional opportunities to engage in collaborative discharge planning with external support services and research driven programming, are also encouraged and available.

Professional Counselors at the Osborn Correctional institution work within a dynamic, multidisciplinary team comprised of social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and APRNs, as well as medical personnel and custody staff, all sharing the common goal of providing high quality, service oriented care to incarcerated men. 

This position is second shiftMonday through Friday (35 hour) 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. with rotating weekends. 

Please view the video below to learn more about this role and Health Services within the Department of Correction.

What we can offer you: 
  • A Hazardous Duty pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV) 
  • Retire in 25 years - with pension & healthcare benefits 
  • Excellent health benefits along with additional supplemental benefits
  • A challenging yet rewarding experience

Selection Plan

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s).

These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Please ensure your application is complete prior to submission.  You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.  Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity.

Please note that this pool of candidates may be used to fill future vacancies.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Uma Arun at


In a state agency behavioral health program as part of a multi-disciplinary team at one or more locations this class is accountable for independently providing clinical counseling services.


As a member of a multi-disciplinary clinical team or within a network of community based behavioral health services provides case management, needs assessment and supportive counseling in addressing client strengths, weaknesses and needs; develops, implements and maintains individualized treatment and rehabilitation plans for clients; works with treatment teams to assist individual patients in achieving social and emotional stability; develops psychosocial assessments through clinical interviews; provides clinical treatment services such as: triage, crisis intervention, individual and/or group counseling, screening and planning; makes use of available community services and facilities to assist clients in meeting identified needs; interprets and synthesizes client information, professional observations and evaluation reports in order to form professional judgments about services; monitors and evaluates effectiveness of treatment plans, documents treatment in clinical records; completes reports in accordance with agency and accrediting bodies; consults and collaborates with other behavioral health providers to improve delivery of services to clients; maintains counseling treatment and standards as required; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of principles, methodology, casework and techniques of counseling, interviewing and psychosocial assessment; knowledge of family and interpersonal relationship dynamics; knowledge of values, sanctions, purposes and ethics of professional counseling work; knowledge of community resources; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to devise and implement a treatment plan with measurable goals that address client needs.


Licensure as a professional counselor in the State of Connecticut with some experience working in a behavioral health facility or in a juvenile justice setting.


  • Correctional or Forensic Behavioral health treatment experience  
  • Experience with crisis intervention  
  • Experience with behavior management   
  • Experience with individual and group psychotherapy  
  • Experience with criminal justice involved adults.


1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice professional counselor work pursuant to Sec. 20-195 (a-f) of the Connecticut General Statutes.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to have knowledge of sign language and communication ability with the deaf and hearing impaired in certain designated positions.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to have ability in Spanish oral and written communication in certain designated positions.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive clients.



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

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.