Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Rehabilitation Therapist 2 (Art) (40 Hour)


Recruitment #220829-6900FP-001


Are you a licensed art therapist with the desire to make an impact? 
If so, we encourage you to discover this opportunity! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Rehabilitation Therapist 2 to join our Health Services team at the Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire, CT. 

Our Mission: 

The CT DOC shall strive to be a global leader in progressive correctional practices and partnered re-entry initiatives to support responsive evidence-based practices aligned to law abiding and accountable behaviors. Safety and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders.

Position Highlights: 

As a Rehabilitation Therapist 2, you will discover the opportunity to: 
  • Work within an interdisciplinary team that focuses on client centered care. 
  • Educate patients and foster their ability to function independently in order to transition to their home life environment and community. 
  • Work in the behavioral health services department that provides assessments and skilled treatment in the areas of Psychosocial, social/leisure, ADLs, cognitive functioning and physical functioning. 
  • Be creative in your group and individual treatment sessions. 
  • Provide support to a community of individuals that are passionate about improving the quality of life of those we serve. 
The Rehabilitation Therapist 2 will be running groups which utilize art in several different forms to engage clients in a therapeutic process. This position will support the overall Mental Health team by decreasing clinical symptoms and improving psychosocial factors which have had a detrimental impact on overall functioning. 

This position is full-time, 40 hours a week on second shift, working Monday to Friday from 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM. 

What we can offer you: 
State of Connecticut employees participate in a comprehensive benefits plan including: 

  • 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 fantastic work - life balance with a flexible schedule, on call and a manageable patient load;
  • A challenging yet rewarding experience! 
Learn more about our dynamic team in DOC Health Services

Selection Plan

Application Process:

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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

Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.

Selection Process:

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.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Contact Information:

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Tyler Cashman at


In a state facility this class is accountable for the planning, administration, implementation and evaluation of professional therapy programs in a recognized therapeutic discipline for individuals with physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities.


Selects, plans, administers and implements a therapeutic program by utilizing a specific therapy function to teach skills to correct disorders in intellectual, emotional or motor status of an individual; writes and implements treatment plans; plans, schedules and conducts individual and group activities; actively participates in admission, treatment and discharge planning of an individual; participates in interdisciplinary team meetings presenting cases and discussing future treatment goals and objectives for an individual; participates in institutional, professional and community groups and/or task forces; participates in staff meetings and on interdisciplinary committees; trains and supervises staff and individuals in application of a specific discipline; provides in-service training to other staff; attends and participates in workshops and conferences; gathers and uses data from observation and diagnostic tests to develop goals and new activities; coordinates therapy services with other disciplines such as occupational or physical therapy; selects appropriate materials and implements a therapeutic program to meet needs of individual; maintains and orders equipment; observes, records and evaluates individual progress; may transport and escort individuals to community functions; may teach direct care and paraprofessional staff in application of a specific therapy; may make adaptive equipment; may serve as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of a designated therapeutic discipline; knowledge of physical, and intellectual disorders; knowledge of individual and group dynamics; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; skill in evaluating individual needs.


Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain a license to practice art therapy as issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health in accordance with the applicable Connecticut General Statutes. A temporary license may be granted for a period not to exceed one (1) year.


One (1) year of professional experience in a rehabilitation art therapy program performing such activities as program evaluation, planning and application for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. 
Note: For state employees this will be interpreted as one (1) year of experience at the level of Rehabilitation Therapist 1 or its equivalent.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience providing treatment services and art activities in an inpatient and outpatient setting to youth and young adult individuals with mental health needs; 
  • Experience collaborating with interdisciplinary treatment teams; 
  • Experience providing training to direct care staff on an inpatient unit; 
  • Experience working with justice involved clients, or clients within forensic, juvenile justice or correctional settings.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain a certificate as a Water Safety Instructor (W.S.I.), and/or lifesaving (CPR, First Aid) from the American Red Cross.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of American Sign Language in certain positions.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury and moderately disagreeable conditions while providing treatment to individuals.



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.