Supervising Psychologist 1 (Clinical) (40 Hour)


Recruitment #230712-6630FP-001


Looking to advance in your career as a psychologist?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity with the State of Connecticut!

The Connecticut Department of Correction is seeking to fill a position for a highly motivated and experienced Psychologist to serve as a Supervising Psychologist 1 (Clinical), at the Garner Correctional Institution, Newtown, CT.

  • A Hazardous Duty pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV)
  • Generous time off (personal, sick and vacation)
  • Retire in 25 years - with pension & healthcare benefits
  • Excellent health benefits along with additional supplemental benefits
  • A challenging yet rewarding experience
This is a full-time, 40 hour-per-week position. Schedule is Monday-Friday, 7:00am-3:00pm. The position is located at Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown, CT.

Supervising Psychologists within the correctional setting provide a range of clinical, administrative and supervisory functions to persons in custody. The incumbent in this position will have the opportunity to work within a clinically rich setting, with opportunities to provide a mix of clinical, supervisory and administrative functions, including scheduling, staffing, clinical supervision, clinical team leadership, and a range of clinical functions including psychological testing, individual & group psychotherapy and behavior management as well as providing clinical consultative services within the facility for complex cases. Additional opportunities to engage in collaborative care planning with external support services and research driven programming, are also encouraged and available.

Supervising psychologists at the Garner Correctional Institution work within a dynamic, fast-paced, 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.

The Garner Correctional Institution incarcerates both pretrial and sentenced offenders. Through proven programmatic innovation and intervention, the Garner Correctional Institution provides positive alternatives for inmates to assist in their successful reintegration into the community as productive members of society. Care and treatment for adult male offenders with significant mental health issues throughout the Department of Correction were consolidated at this level 4 high-security facility.

Based upon their mental health needs, offenders from throughout the system, both pretrial and sentenced, are assigned here. The facility's staff utilizes a highly progressive mental health treatment approach. Individualized treatment plans, based upon an offender's level of functionality include extensive programming and therapy, in a group and one on one setting. The staff at the facility, both custody and mental health, operate through an integrated team approach which insures a continuity of custody, care, treatment and control. The program is designed to return as many of these offenders as is possible to the ability to function in either a general population prison setting or ultimately to life in the community.

For an inside look at what it is like to be a healthcare worker with DOC, check out the video below!

Selection Plan

Before you apply, make note of the following:
  • 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 on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • 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
  • Candidates hired will be expected to attend a fourteen (14) week Department of Correction Training Academy.
Important information for after you apply:
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • 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, 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.
Questions about this position should be directed to Jake Ferrari via email at


In state facilities this class is accountable for supervising a major program component or other uses as indicated below.


  • Supervises a major independent clinical psychology program;
  • Plans, develops, implements and coordinates new service programs;
  • Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews the work of staff;
  • Provides staff training and assistance;
  • Conducts performance evaluations;
  • Determines priorities and plans program work;
  • Establishes and maintains program procedures;
  • Develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards;
  • Acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding program policies and procedures;
  • Selects and administers a variety of objective and projective psychodiagnostic tests;
  • Evaluates individuals level of function and supervises staff in development of individualized treatment plans;
  • Provides consultation on complex cases;
  • Addresses professional and lay groups;
  • May design, implement and direct psychological research programs;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • abnormal and clinical psychology and other psychological disciplines;
    • sources, uses, administration and interpretation of a wide variety of psychological tests;
    • psychological research design, data analysis and application of results;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Considerable ability to
    • make diagnoses, develop treatment plans and conduct psychotherapy;
    • interface clinical programs with multidiscipline approaches;
    • develop and direct training programs;
  • Teaching ability;
  • Supervisory ability.


A Doctorate degree in clinical or counseling psychology and two (2) years of postdoctoral experience as a licensed clinical psychologist.


  • Correctional and/or forensic treatment experience;
  • Experience working with crisis and behavior management;
  • Experience working with character pathology or personality disorders.


  • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice psychology in Connecticut. Any person employed by the State of Connecticut prior to July 1, 1985 with a title in the psychology series of the classified services shall be exempt from the above licensure requirements pursuant to Public Act 613, Section 119(c). For certain positions, the appointing authority may require State licensure.
  • 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).
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of the American Sign Language.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



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.