Rehabilitation Therapist 2 (Therapeutic Recreation) (Part-Time)


Recruitment #240201-6896HC-001


Are you interested in a career that you are passionate about and receive personal fulfillment while making a difference? If this sounds like you, we want you to be a part of our team! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is recruiting a Rehabilitation Therapist 2 (Therapeutic Recreation) to join our team at our Solnit South Campus located in Middletown, CT.

Position Highlights:
  • Part-time, 34 hours per week
  • Second (2nd) shift
  • Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
  • Monday 12:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 12:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Days Off: Friday and Saturday
  • Work schedule flexibility is required in order to meet the demands of the job
The Position:
As a Rehabilitation Therapist 2 (Therapeutic Recreation) your main responsibilities would include coordinating, planning, and implementing various rehabilitation, recreational, and leisure activities on an individual and group basis.

About Us:
Our Mission Statement is Caring, Healing and Teaching. Partnering with children, families, and communities to build hope and create opportunities. We believe that: Children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders can lead productive and satisfying lives. Children, youth, and their families have the right and responsibility to participate in their treatment.  No child will be refused treatment based on their ability to pay for services. Our services work best when integrated with community care. 

Solnit - South Campus is widely recognized as a center of excellence for family-centered treatment of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances. This state-administered Psychiatric facility provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents under the age of eighteen, with severe mental illness and related behavioral and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting. The South Campus consists of four co-ed hospital units and three female adolescent Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility cottages (PRTF).

Our 67-acre campus is centrally located in Middletown, Connecticut overlooking idyllic views of the Connecticut River. The Solnit Center facilities support our dedication to helping youth improve their individual and social competencies. The campus includes two schools, an indoor pool, playgrounds, a ball field, two gyms, recreation rooms,4 hospital units, and 3 inpatient psychiatric residential units, and an outdoor picnic area.

What’s In It For You:
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘ForbesState 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;
  • 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., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings.
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities.
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees.
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loan forgiveness after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • Engage in a rewarding career
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success
  • Make a difference in the public sector
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment  

Selection Plan

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Application Process:

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.

For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.

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

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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:

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Christopher Lavallee 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 an intellectual disability, emotional disabilities and physical 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 the therapeutic recreation discipline;
  • Knowledge of
    • physical and intellectual disorders;
    • individual and group dynamics;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Skill in evaluating individual needs.


Five (5) years of professional experience in the appropriate professional rehabilitation therapy program specialty performing such activities as program evaluation, planning and application for individuals with an intellectual disability, emotional disabilities and physical disabilities.


  • College training in the appropriate recognized therapeutic recreation discipline may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  • One (1) year of experience at the level of a Rehabilitation Therapist 1 or its equivalent may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Experience working with adolescents with complex psychiatric profiles.
  • Experience working in behavioral health.
  • Experience providing recreational interventions in a group and individual setting.
  • Experience as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team.
  • Water Safety Instructor Certification.


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain a certificate as a Water Safety Instructor (W.S.I.), and/or life saving (CPR, First Aid) from the American Red Cross.
  • 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.
  • 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 with disabilities.



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.