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Children Services Worker at The Department of Children and Families

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Type: Full Time
Location: Middletown, Connecticut

Job Description:


The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF), Solnit South campus in Middletown CT, is recruiting for a part-time, 64 hours biweekly, Children Services Worker. This position will be located in the Hospital on the Sachem Unit. Hours are 1st shift, 7:00am - 3:30pm with a rotating schedule of week one Friday, Monday and Tuesday off, week two Saturday, Sunday and Thursday off.

The Albert J. Solnit Children's Center is part of the Department of Children and Families, widely recognized as a center of excellence for family-centered treatment of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances. This state-administered Psychiatric facility provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents under the age of eighteen, with severe mental illness and related behavioral and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting. The South Campus consists of four co-ed hospital units and three female adolescent psychiatric residential treatment facility cottages (PRTF).

Our 67-acre campus is centrally located in Middletown, Connecticut overlooking the Connecticut River. The Solnit Center facilities support our dedication to helping youth improve their individual and social competencies. The campus includes: two schools, an indoor pool, playgrounds, a ball field, two gyms, recreation rooms, seven program-specific residential units, and an outdoor picnic area. Reference #114111.

*Upon successful completion of the working test period, effective the payroll period following, this position will be compensated at Step 1 ($25.70/hour) of the classification.


Please include a resume within the \\"Resume Tab\\" of your application. If selected to interview, please bring the following at the time of interview:

Non-State employees:

* 3 supervisory references

* Transcripts, if applicable

Current state employees:

* 2 most recent performance evaluations

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Amy Morris at Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, notices are sent via email from the State of Connecticut Job Aps system.


In a state child care facility or program this class is accountable for performing a full range of basic counseling and custodial activities for residents.


Counsels and advises residents individually on such matters as purpose of institutionalization, problems, progress in unit and placement plans; participates in maintaining a therapeutic milieu by meeting psychological and physical needs of residents; oversees daily living activities to insure proper care of residents; teaches residents in unit self support skills such as basic money management, daily living habits, hygiene, etc.; dispenses rewards to residents as a result of behavior; oversees recreational activities for residents; writes reports of significant events in unit such as runaways and accidents; checks temperatures of residents and dispenses selected medications; records daily activities in log book; escorts residents to destinations on and off grounds, to and from meals, class, infirmary, court, placements, etc; disciplines children who are acting out and follows up with appropriate action; attends staff meetings and training sessions to improve treatment and therapy skills; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of human behavior and emotions; knowledge of behaviors characteristic of clients with emotional and/or behavioral disorders; knowledge of proper procedures in threatening or emergency situations; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to foster self worth and self identity in clients; ability to counsel and motivate clients in coping with problems and setting achievable goals; ability to use good judgment and assess situations.


Two (2) years of paraprofessional experience in an applied treatment program for emotionally disturbed, delinquent, behaviorally disordered, educationally deficient or intellectually disabled children or youth.


* An Associate's Degree in the health, human services or mental health areas may be substituted for the General Experience.
* Thirty (30) college credits in a course of study leading to a Bachelor's Degree in the behavioral sciences may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.


Applicants with experience in a congregate care treatment program with adolescents preferred.


* Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.

* Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
* Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift or restrain residents and may have significant exposure to risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive residents.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.