Social Worker Trainee - Social And Human Services


Recruitment #240222-7746SH-001


Are you passionate about serving the children and families of CT in need? If so, we invite you to discover this outstanding opportunity!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is recruiting for Social Worker Trainee vacancies. Our mission is partnering with communities and empowering families to raise resilient children who thrive; sharpening the safety focus through prevention across the child welfare system. We are seeking individuals who are looking to advance their career and make a difference.

Work locations will be in offices located in the following Regions:
  • Region 3: Norwich and Willimantic (Please note: Willimantic is part of Windham County)
Applicants selected for hire should expect to be assigned to one of the above listed offices.

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.
Do You Have The Following:
  • A Master's degree in social work or a closely related field and one (1) year of experience in the self-directed use of case management techniques and counseling to sustain or restore client functioning OR
  • A Bachelor's degree in social work or a closely related field and two (2) years of experience in the self-directed use of case management techniques and counseling to sustain or restore client functioning.
  • If so we encourage you to apply for any of our Social Worker Recruitment.
  • Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
  • Not all applicants will be contacted for an interview and you are encouraged to apply for future posting.
You can learn more about working for our state here and by checking out our latest YouTube video to see what it is like to work at Department of Children and Families.

Selection Plan

The Department of Children and Families hiring process includes the following key stages. From application to appointment this process can take a number of weeks. The stages are:

1. Application Period:

  • Please ensure that your application is complete. You are unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut. Applicant Support can be reached by email at
  • Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity. Due to the large volume of applications, please do not call/email to confirm receipt or status of your application. If your application submits successfully, a pop-up confirmation displays, which is followed by a confirmation email. You can view all emailed notices on your Personal Status Board by clicking the date in the Last Notice column for this recruitment.
  • Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications between now and December 31, 2023 will be considered.
  • Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
2. 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.

3. First Stage of Interview process:
Selected Candidates will meet with the DCF Academy for Workforce Development to learn more about the role and responsibilities of a Social Worker and will receive a writing assessment.

Selected candidates will have a panel interview with DCF Regional staff.

4. Second Stage of Interview process:

Selected candidates are contacted by the Department Children and Families Human Resources team members for additional documents. Candidates will be asked to supply:

Official transcripts for degrees listed on application
3 Written Supervisory References
5. Background Investigation:
Selected candidates will go through a comprehensive review of employment, education, criminal, motor vehicle history and a physical examination (including drug screening).

6. Appointment:
Selected candidates are scheduled for their first day of work!

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 agency or institution this class is accountable for receiving intensive training in the provision of social case work services to individuals and families.


  • Receives training in agency social work procedures, personnel policies, program guidelines and legal reporting requirements;
  • Receives training in and is given progressively complex assignments involving utilization of interviewing techniques required to assess client needs, elicit information and establish community referral sources;
  • Provides basic counseling services to a limited number of clients enrolled in departmental programs, inmates or patients in residence or families of clients receiving services;
  • Prepares initial treatment plans, psychosocial evaluation, case histories and other case records as components of a small assigned caseload;
  • Refers clients, patients and family members for community or social services, medical or psychological services or housing, financial and employment assistance;
  • Motivates clients to increase ability to understand and cope with problems, frustration and anxiety;
  • Performs a greater number of specific and complex social work duties and maintains a larger caseload as skills are acquired during training program;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • reciprocal relationship between individuals and their social, economic and cultural environment;
    • human social behavior;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to
    • relate to different cultural and economic backgrounds;
    • organize time, set priorities and manage workload.


A Bachelor's or Master's degree in social work or a closely related field.

NOTE: Closely related fields are: applied sociology, child development, child welfare, clinical psychology, counseling, human development and family studies, human service, marriage and family therapy, nursing, social and/or human services, education and criminal justice.


  • Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are completed.
  • DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: Incumbents in this class are required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
  • COMMISSION ON THE DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED: Incumbents in this class must be able to communicate fluently in American Sign Language.
  • OTHER AGENCIES: Incumbents may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



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.