Behavioral Health Clinician, Addiction

Connecticut, United States
29 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

The Clinical Psychiatric Therapist will work at the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit (SATU) of the Connecticut Mental Health Center, and Yale Department of Psychiatry, located at 1 Long Wharf, in New Haven, Connecticut. The position involves providing clinical psychosocial therapy and case management to adults with substance use disorders.

Essential Duties

  1. Plans and coordinates services for family and group therapy programs, parent groups and discharge programs.
  2. Provides direct psychotherapeutic treatment to severely ill individuals and families and supervises other assigned staff members.
  3. Completes psychosocial assessments, mental status examinations, and diagnostic assessments and translates this information into medically necessary, multidisciplinary treatment plans.
  4. 4. Provides individual and group therapy consistent with evidence-based practice protocols for primary mental health, addiction, and co-occurring populations.
  5. Develops new techniques for family treatment and clinical supervision of students. Anticipates problems and determines priorities.
  6. Evaluates treatment progress and presents findings and recommendations for change at treatment team meetings.
  7. Coordinates and provides clinical case management services, including referrals to appropriate levels of care.
  8. Provides crisis intervention and clinical triage to facilitate necessary services, such as inpatient hospitalization, when indicated.
  9. Researches, develops and implements programs which enhance both inpatient and outpatient services of unit.  Monitors discharge status of patients.
  10. Collaborates with families, medical and clinical staff, administrators, insurance agencies, etc. to assure their integration into the treatment planning process, as indicated.
  11. Supervises a staff of exempt and non-exempt employees.
  12. May perform other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience


Master's Degree in Social Work and two years of experience in a psychiatric care setting or the equivalent combination of experience and education.


Required Skill/Ability 1:


Demonstrated experience working as clinician with substance-using population.


Required Skill/Ability 2:


Demonstrated understanding of addiction, addictive disorders and progression of addiction.


Required Skill/Ability 3:


Proven understanding of evidence based therapies for substance use (CBT, MI, MBRP, etc).


Required Skill/Ability 4:


Proven Knowledge of 12 step treatment programs and the culture.


Required Skill/Ability 5:


Well developed interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills with the ability to interact with diverse populations.


Required Licenses or Certifications


State of Connecticut Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or State of Connecticut Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).


Preferred Licenses or Certifications:




Weekend Hours Required?




Evening Hours Required?




Drug Screen




Health Screening




Background Check Requirements


All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.


Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements


Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a required health screening and/or TB test.


Posting Disclaimer


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.


Affirmative Action Statement:


Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:




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