Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT)

40 Hour | Office/On-site

Recruitment #240705-0735FP-001


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Join the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) as a Marital and Family Therapist! Dive into a world of impactful mental healthcare, where your skills and compassion make a difference. Explore the details below and seize the opportunity to be a part of something meaningful!

  • FACILITY: Southeastern Mental Health Authority (SMHA)
  • UNIT: OPtions (Outpatient Program)
  • ADDRESS: Norwich, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Full-time (40 hours weekly), Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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  • Be part of the prestigious Forbes-ranked State of Connecticut, recognized as one of the Best Employers of 2023. Experience national acclaim for provid ing unparalleled job growth, competitive benefits, and flexible schedules.
  • Enjoy endless opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Embrace a healthy work/life balance tailored to all employees
OPtions is an outpatient program for adults 18 years and older with behavioral health needs.  A multidisciplinary team provides individual and group therapy, as well as psychiatric evaluations and medication management.  Trauma informed care is at the foundation of our services, and a talented clinical staff offers a wide range of treatment options for recovery such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical and Behavior Therapy (DBT).

  • Provide clinical services to individuals as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team in an outpatient mental health setting
  • Provide clinical treatment services in the form of triage, crisis intervention, individual and group therapy, with family therapy as needed
  • Complete psychosocial assessments, risk assessments and other intake documents
  • Develop comprehensive recovery-oriented, person-centered treatment plans including measurable objectives
  • Document client contacts and treatment in accordance with agency policies, and coordinate services including referrals to other community providers
  • Provide treatment utilizing evidence-based treatment such as DBT, Trauma, EMDR, IDDT and Motivational Interviewing
  • Utilize an electronic record and meet monthly direct service productivity requirements
  • Attend required staff, supervision, and treatment team meetings
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.

SMHA is a community mental health agency operated by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). Its primary goal is to provide high quality behavioral health services to those in our community with mental health and substance use disorders who are 18 years or older and reside in New London County and its surrounding towns. Services, which include case management, outpatient behavioral health, crisis intervention, respite care, and forensic services, are recovery oriented and offered in a trauma informed and culturally sensitive manner.  We support individuals to identify and achieve their own goals in recovery, fostering independence, dignity, and ability. 

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  • 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.
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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 independently providing clinical marital and family therapist services.


  • As a member of a multi-disciplinary clinical team or within a network of community based behavioral health services develops psychosocial assessments through clinical interviews with assigned clients and families which include consideration of developmental, social and/or cultural, substance abuse, psychological, environmental and medical issues; 
  • Develops treatment plans including measurable treatment objectives; 
  • Provides clinical treatment services such as: triage, crisis intervention, individual, group and/or family therapy, screening and planning; 
  • Advocates and develops networks of social and clinical services to assist clients in meeting identified needs; 
  • 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 marital and family therapist treatment and standards as required; 
  • Provides court testimony as required; 
  • May participate in research projects; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • marital and family therapist methodology, casework, group work and community mobilization; 
    • family and interpersonal relationship dynamics; 
    • values, sanctions, purposes and ethics of professional marital and family therapist work; 
    • social, cultural, economic, medical, psychological and legal issues which influence attitudes and behaviors of clients and families; 
    • mental illnesses and approaches to treatment; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to
    • devise and implement a treatment plan with measurable goals that address client needs; 
    • independently apply current psychiatric treatment modalities to address client needs.


Licensure as a Marital and Family Therapist in the State of Connecticut.


  • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice marital and family therapist 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.

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