Advanced Marital and Family Therapist (40 Hour)

LMFT | Office/On-site

Recruitment #231024-4250FP-003


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The Southeastern Mental Health Authority (SMHA), an agency within the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is seeking dedicated and qualified individuals to join our teams as Advanced Marital and Family Therapist in Norwich! These professional roles will help support our agency's programs and services. Find out more information on this great opportunity below!

  • Unit: Mobile Outreach Team 
  • Work Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
    • Second Shift: 4:00pm - 12:30am, every other weekend and holidays as scheduled 
    • Third Shift: 12:15am - 8:15am, every other weekend and holidays as scheduled 
  • Location: 401 West Thames St, Norwich, CT
The Mobile Outreach Team provides a wide range of crisis services: 24-hour crisis assessment and intervention services for people experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse challenges; hospital and crisis bed screening; referrals for temporary respite; support phone calls and visits; brief crisis counseling; and referrals to appropriate inpatient and outpatient services in the community.  The Mobile Outreach Team is able to respond in the community daily to assist individuals, families, and community agencies when an individual is experiencing a psychiatric and/or substance abuse crisis.

As a State Operated Local Mental Health Authority, SMHA is responsible for administering all DMHAS contract funded behavioral health services in Southeastern Connecticut. Shown below please find the programs and services we offer. You can find more information on these services here.

  • Acute Services: Brief Care Program, Mobile Outreach Team, Crisis Intervention Team
  • Outpatient Services: Options
  • Community Clinical and Support Services: ACT Team, Wellness Recovery Advocacy Program
  • Young Adult Services
  • Forensic Services
  • Housing Office
    State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes:
    • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D
    • Generous paid time off, include 13 paid holidays per calendar year
    • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
    • Retirement healthcare offerings
    • Professional growth and development opportunities
    • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
    • A healthy work/life balance!
        You'd be able to work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.

        As an Advanced Mental Health Therapist, you will have the opportunity to: 
        • Work in the community providing crisis assessments and/or interventions with high-risk clients;
        • Provide short term support to clients telephonically and in the community;
        • Write Emergency Certificates for individuals presenting with imminent risk of self-harm, threatening harm to others, and/or grave disability to ensure assessment and intervention at hospital emergency departments;
        • Support SMHA treatment teams with emergent clients; and 
        • Complete intake assessments for people seeking services at SMHA.

        The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (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.

        Southeastern Mental Health Authority (SMHA) is a community mental health agency operated by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). Its primary goal is to provide high-quality behavioral health services to those in our community with mental health and substance use disorders who are 18 years or older and reside in New London County and its surrounding towns. Services, which include case management, outpatient behavioral health, crisis intervention, respite care, and forensic services, are recovery-oriented and offered in a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive manner.  We support individuals to identify and achieve their own goals in recovery, fostering independence, dignity, and ability.

        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.
        • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.
        • 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.
        • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
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        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 marital and family therapy treatment and leadership services involving complex case assignments.


        • Independently provides highly skilled direct clinical marital and family therapy treatment services to clients with complex psychological and social problems through comprehensive clinical assessments and provisions of individual, family and group treatment;
        • Provides individual field work instruction and/or clinical supervision which includes instruction in use of comprehensive psychosocial assessments, case management, needs assessment and supportive counseling;
        • Develops and maintains comprehensive treatment 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;
        • 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 plans;
        • May be assigned administrative oversight of research projects;
        • May provide expert testimony to courts;
        • May represent program in liaison relationships with other community agencies and resources;
        • May chair or serve on unit committees that develop services for clients;
        • Performs related duties as required.


        • Considerable knowledge of
          • and ability to instruct others about marital and family therapy methodology, casework, group work and community mobilization;
          • family and interpersonal relationship dynamics;
        • Knowledge of
          • statutes, regulations and standards relating to mental health services;
          • state law governing licensed marital and family therapist practice standards;
        • Considerable
          • interpersonal skills
          • oral and written communication skills;
        • Considerable ability to independently apply current psychiatric treatment modalities to address client needs;
        • Ability to
          • integrate theory and case material in assessing and devising comprehensive treatment plans for difficult and/or complex case assignments;
          • lead task groups including but not limited to treatment teams.


        One (1) year of experience as a licensed marital and family therapist.


        • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice marital and family therapy work pursuant to Sec. 20-195 (a-f) of the Connecticut General Statutes.
        • 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.
        • Incumbents in this class may be required to have ability in Spanish oral and written communication in certain designated positions.
        • 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.


        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.