Are you looking to grow your counseling career with the State of Connecticut? If so, read below and apply today!
What we can offer you
We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
- Generous paid time off (vacation, sick and personal);
- 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.;
- A Hazardous Duty pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV).
- State license reimbursement;
- Eligibility to apply for Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program.
In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
- Providing limitless opportunities;
- Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
- Performing meaningful work and;
- Encouraging a healthy work/life balance!
Licensed Professional Counselors within the correctional setting provide a range of clinical and case management functions to men entering the custody of the Department of Correction. The incumbent in this position will have the opportunity to work within a clinically rich setting, with opportunities to provide intake assessments, individual psychotherapy, crisis management, suicide risk assessment, case management services and other clinical activities.
Bridgeport Correctional Center provides substantial programming to all inmates incarcerated at this facility. This programming is designed to assist them in the acclimation of incarcerated life and their eventual return to society as productive citizens. To this end, the facility offers inmate programming in Addiction Services, Recreational Services, Educational Services, Volunteer Services, and Religious Services. As it is a part of our mission to provide a safe environment for inmates, it is of paramount importance that the time spent incarcerated is as productive and non-violent as possible.
Additional opportunities to engage in collaborative discharge planning with external support services and research driven programming, are also encouraged and available. Professional Counselors at the Bridgeport Correctional Center work within a dynamic, 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.
Important Note: Candidates must possess the license titled Professional Counselor as seen on the Department of Public Health website elicense.ct.gov.
The current position is second shift, Monday through Friday (40 hours) 3:00pm-11:00pm with rotating weekends and holidays.
The Bridgeport Correctional Center is a level 4 high-security facility which confines both pretrial and sentenced offenders. It serves the superior courts of Ansonia, Derby, Milford, Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford. This facility also manages a sentenced level 2 minimum-security unit for an inmate work force population who qualify for outside clearance jobs and community support programs.
The Department of Correction provides comprehensive health care to the offender population that meets a community standard of care, and includes medical, mental health, dental, addiction and ancillary services, in compliance with applicable state and federal laws and consent decrees.
DOC strives 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.
Learn more from our healthcare team at the DOC:
Applicants for this position are required to have an active Professional Counselor License to be considered. To verify if your Professional Counselor License (LPC Only) is valid, please click here.
Before you apply:
Important information for after you apply:
- 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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
- 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.
For technical questions regarding the filing of your application, please contact Mackenzie Robinson at Mackenzie.Robinson@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency behavioral health program as part of a multi-disciplinary team at one or more locations this class is accountable for independently providing clinical counseling services.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- As a member of a multi-disciplinary clinical team or within a network of community based behavioral health services, provides case management, needs assessment and supportive counseling in addressing client strengths, weaknesses and needs;
- Develops, implements and maintains individualized treatment and rehabilitation plans for clients;
- Works with treatment teams to assist individual patients in achieving social and emotional stability;
- Develops psychosocial assessments through clinical interviews;
- Provides clinical treatment services such as: triage, crisis intervention, individual and/or group counseling, screening and planning;
- Makes use of available community services and facilities to assist clients in meeting identified needs;
- Interprets and synthesizes client information, professional observations and evaluation reports in order to form professional judgments about services;
- Monitors and evaluates effectiveness of treatment plans, documents treatment in clinical records;
- Completes reports in accordance with agency and accrediting bodies;
- Consults and collaborates with other behavioral health providers to improve delivery of services to clients;
- Maintains counseling treatment and standards as required;
- Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
- Knowledge of
- principles, methodology, casework and techniques of counseling, interviewing and psychosocial assessment;
- family and interpersonal relationship dynamics;
- values, sanctions, purposes and ethics of professional counseling work;
- community resources;
- interpersonal skills;
- oral and written communication skills;
- Ability to devise and implement a treatment plan with measurable goals that address client needs.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Licensure as a professional counselor in the State of Connecticut with some experience working in a behavioral health facility or in a juvenile justice setting.
- 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.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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.