STATE OF CONNECTICUT EXECUTIVE BRANCH JOBS

Advanced Clinical Social Worker (40 Hour)

Recruitment #240126-0965FP-001

Introduction


The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced Advanced Clinical Social Worker to join our team at the York Correctional Institution in East Lyme.

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.;
  • 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!
Position highlights
In this role you will be a lead member of a multi-disciplinary team providing highly skilled individual, group and family treatment. 

Additional responsibilities will include:
  • Performing and developing comprehensive psychosocial assessments, crisis response plans and treatment plans; and 
  • Providing crisis management and clinical services to adults with serious mental illness, often with co-occurring substance use disorders.
This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, on second shift (2:00PM-10:00PM), with rotating weekends and holidays. 

About us
Our Mission: The Department of Correction shall strive 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.

The Mental Health Department offers a variety of programs for offenders who are experiencing stress and depression, including psycho-education.

 The York Correctional Institution is a high-security facility.  It serves as the state's only institution for female offenders.  It serves all superior courts in Connecticut and manages all pretrial and sentenced female offenders, whatever their security level.  In 2008 the institution was named the Facility of the Year by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care for its excellence in health service delivery.  The accompanying accreditation has been renewed as of June of 2011. 

The programming units at the facility have an extensive array of positive interventions for the population, including the 80-bed intensive, and inpatient drug treatment units. 

 

Selection Plan

Applicants for this position are required to have an active Clinical Social Worker License to be considered. To verify if your Clinical Social Worker License (CSW Only) is valid, please click here.

Before 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.
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.
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 skilled clinical social work treatment and leadership services involving complex case assignments.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Independently provides highly skilled direct clinical social work treatment and/or substance abuse services to clients with complex psychological and social 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 and current diagnostic categories, taking into consideration cultural, social, economic, medical, environmental and legal issues; 
  • Develops comprehensive service 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; 
  • Provides clinical supervision to Licensed Master Social Workers; 
  • Assists in resolution of administrative, personnel and clinical issues in program and/or agency; 
  • 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 and/or service plans; 
  • May be assigned administrative oversight of research projects; 
  • May provide clinical and/or administrative leadership to program components such as crisis intervention teams, inpatient treatment teams, case management teams, psychoeducational program services, psychosocial rehabilitation and forensic services; 
  • May provide forensic evaluations and expert testimony to courts; 
  • May represent program or agency during licensing and certification inspections conducted by regulatory bodies; 
  • May represent program or agency in liaison relationships with other community agencies and resources; 
  • May provide in-service educational presentations concerning available health, mental health and human services resources and means to access them; 
  • May chair facility or community based committees that develop policies and plans to serve psychiatrically disabled individuals; 
  • May present information on mental illness and mental health services to community groups; 
  • Performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to instruct others about theories of human behavior, current diagnostic categories of mental illness, family dynamics, substance abuse and human sexuality; 
    • of social, cultural, economic, political, religious, medical, psychological and legal issues which influence behavior of clients, families, service programs and society at large; 
  • Knowledge of
    • statutes, regulations and standards relating to mental health services; 
    • state law governing licensed clinical social worker practice standards; 
  • Considerable
    • oral and written communication skills; 
    • administrative skills; 
  • Considerable ability to independently apply in practice current psychiatric treatment modalities including but not limited to behavioral, cognitive, object-relations, crisis intervention and psychosocial rehabilitation approaches; 
  • Ability to
    • integrate theory and case material in assessing and devising comprehensive treatment and/or service plans for difficult and/or complex case assignments; 
    • lead task groups including but not limited to treatment teams and agency committees.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of experience as a licensed clinical social worker.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Correctional or Forensic Behavioral health treatment experience;
  • Experience with crisis intervention;
  • Experience with behavior management;
  • Experience with individual and group psychotherapy;
  • Experience with criminal justice involved adults.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice clinical social work pursuant to Sec. 20-195 (m) through (r) of the Connecticut General Statutes.
  • 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 have knowledge of sign language and communication ability with the deaf and hearing impaired in designated positions.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to have ability in Spanish oral and written communication in designated positions.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to be a certified Substance Abuse/HIV Supervisor.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

Conclusion

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.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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.


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