Advanced Professional Counselor (Part-Time)


Recruitment #240327-4249FP-001


Are you a Licensed Professional Counselor looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the public sector? If so, read below and apply today!

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.

We are currently recruiting an Advanced Professional Counselor to help support our team within River Valley Services (RVS). 

  • Schedules: Part-Time (20 Hour), Saturday & Sunday, Second Shift (2:00 P.M. - 12:30 A.M.)
  • Unit: Mobile Response Team
  • Address: 351 Silver Street, Middletown, CT
  • PCN: 131871
  • The opportunity 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;
  • 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;
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year;
  • Professional growth and development opportunities;
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees; and
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      • Working as an Advanced Professional Counselor on the Mobile Response Team
      • Completing crisis and risk assessments for community members across Middlesex County
      • Collaborating with local police departments, emergency departments, and current treatment providers
      • Making referrals for treatment as clinically warranted; and
      • Providing triage, support and resources to individuals via the agency’s Regional Hotline.
              ABOUT THE FACILITY:
              River Valley Services (RVS), a community mental health center serving Middlesex County and the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, is operated by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). RVS’s goal is to provide the highest quality crisis intervention, case management, and residential and clinical services to adult citizens, 18 years of age and older, who have serious mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders and who lack the financial means to secure such services in the private sector. 

              Services are directed at improving clients’ quality of life and fostering dignity, ability, and recovery. We are dedicated to promoting a complete and responsive service system for our clients and others in need. All persons receiving services from River Valley Services have the right to culturally appropriate mental health and addiction services consistent with their communication needs and personal preferences. Translation and interpreter services are available at RVS. 

              ABOUT THE UNIT:
              The Mobile Response Team (MRT) is a community crisis evaluation and intervention service which is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  MRT has the ability to offer these services to individuals in need at home, in a local emergency room, on a city street, or in jail.  MRT is the sole screening point for Middlesex County admissions to state psychiatric hospitals. 

              Clinicians on the Mobile Response Team staff the 24/7 crisis hotline and work collaboratively to provide professional assessment of individuals' behavioral health need.  Their interventions provide the best opportunity to receive prompt behavioral health care before additional and more costly medical, psychiatric and legal resources become necessary.  This is consistent with the DMHAS mission of providing the least restrictive care necessary.  

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              Please Note: 

              For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.

              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.
              • 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.

              Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:

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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.
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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 counseling treatment and leadership services involving complex case assignments.

              EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

              • Independently apply in practice current psychiatric treatment modalities, including but not limited to, behavioral, cognitive, object-relations, crisis intervention and psychosocial rehabilitation approaches;
              • Independently provides highly skilled direct professional counseling treatment services to clients with complex emotional, behavioral or interpersonal 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, case management, needs assessment and supportive counseling; 
              • Develops and maintains comprehensive treatment and/or rehabilitation 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 on principles, methodology, casework and techniques of counseling, interviewing and psychosocial assessment; 
                • family and interpersonal relationship dynamics; 
              • Knowledge of
                • statutes, regulations and standards relating to mental health services; 
                • state law governing licensed professional counselor practice standards; 
              • Considerable
                • interpersonal skills; 
                • oral and written communication skills; 
              • 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 professional counselor.


              • Experience working as a member of a mobile crisis team.
              • Experience completing crisis assessments in community settings.


              • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice professional counselor 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.