Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Clinical Social Worker Associate

Recruitment #210428-0965XC-001


Partnering with communities and empowering families to raise resilient children who thrive and grow up healthy, safe, smart, and strong. This is our mission at the State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF). Our family-centered, strength-based approach to our work seeks to improve the well-being of the children and families we serve. We are proud of our diverse and dedicated workforce who strive every day to meet the needs of those we encounter. 

We are actively seeking a highly motivated individual who is able to provide consultation and guidance to our Social Work staff. If this sounds like you and is something you would like to be a part of, we invite you to apply today!

At DCF, we are currently hiring for one (1) full-time Clinical Social Worker Associate. This is a 37.5 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm or 8:30 am - 5:00 pm position. You would be assigned to the Region 2 - Milford Area Office. Region 2, serves children and families in the territories of Milford and surrounding towns in Naugatuck Valley.
  • Please note that schedule flexibility to meet the needs of the agency is needed
In this role, you would work with minimal supervision to ensure that our Agency goals and standards are met. Among other duties, you would help us accomplish our mission by:
  • Consulting with DCF Social Workers to ensure treatment fits each individual
  • Coordinate and supervise treatment progress to ensure the fulfillment of our mission
  • Consulting and collaborating with our partners to improve the delivery of services
  • Provide referrals for services that fit our clients need
As a state employee, you will be open to a terrific work life balance and competitive benefits package. This includes; excellent health care, generous leave policies, a retirement plan, a deferred compensation program, and more!

We hope you seek to join our team!


Selection Plan

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application.  Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. This posting may be used for future vacancies. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives 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 skilled clinical social work treatment and leadership services involving complex case assignments.


Independently provides highly skilled direct clinical social work treatment and/or substance abuse services to clients with complex psychological and social problems through comprehensive clinical assessments and provision of individual, family and group treatment; provides individual field work instruction and/or clinical supervision which includes instruction in use of comprehensive psychosocial assessments and current diagnostic categories, taking into consideration cultural, social, economic, medical, environmental and legal issues; develops comprehensive service plans including measurable treatment objectives; initiates consultation and collaboration with other mental health providers to improve delivery of current services and/or identify unmet needs within current service system; assists in resolution of administrative, personnel and clinical issues in program and/or agency; develops data for statistical and planning systems and/or research and publication; prepares administrative reports and suggests operational policies and procedures; oversees development and/or implementation of individual client treatment and/or service plans; may be assigned administrative oversight of research projects; may provide clinical and/or administrative leadership to program components such as crisis intervention teams, inpatient treatment teams, case management teams, psychoeducational program services, psychosocial rehabilitation and forensic services; may provide forensic evaluations and expert testimony to courts; may represent program or agency during licensing and certification inspections conducted by regulatory bodies; may represent program or agency in liaison relationships with other community agencies and resources; may provide in-service educational presentations concerning available health, mental health and human services resources and means to access them; may chair facility or community based committees that develop policies and plans to serve psychiatrically disabled individuals; may present information on mental illness and mental health services to community groups; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to instruct others about theories of human behavior, current diagnostic categories of mental illness, family dynamics, substance abuse and human sexuality; considerable knowledge of social, cultural, economic, political, religious, medical, psychological and legal issues which influence behavior of clients, families, service programs and society at large; knowledge of statutes, regulations and standards relating to mental health services; knowledge of state law governing licensed clinical social worker practice standards; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable administrative skills; considerable ability to independently apply in practice current psychiatric treatment modalities including but not limited to behavioral, cognitive, object-relations, crisis intervention and psychosocial rehabilitation approaches; ability to integrate theory and case material in assessing and devising comprehensive treatment and/or service plans for difficult and/or complex case assignments; ability to lead task groups including but not limited to treatment teams and agency committees.


One year of experience as a licensed clinical social worker.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following: 
  • Experience providing clinical services to children, adolescents and/or transition-age youth with complex psychiatric profiles and to their families 
  • Experience providing case management services in collaboration with community systems of care
  • Experience implementing evidence-based practice and working as part of a multidisciplinary clinical team
  • Experience working with clients to identify and treat trauma impact, symptom presentation, and therapeutic interventions
  • Experience assessing substance use and utilizing modern treatment interventions
  • Experience assessing and treating children and adolescents that have developmental issues and diagnostic considerations


  1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice clinical social work pursuant to Sec. 20-195 (m) through (r) of the Connecticut General Statutes.
  2. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. § 1320a-7b(f).
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to have knowledge of sign language and communication ability with the deaf and hearing impaired in designated positions.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to have ability in Spanish oral and written communication in designated positions.
  5. Incumbents in this class may be required to be a certified Substance Abuse/HIV Supervisor.
  6. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in the 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.

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