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Psychiatric Clinician (LCSW, LPC, LMFT, LMSW, LPCA, MFTA) - Child First

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Charlotte Hungerford Hospital


Torrington, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
Job Shift: Shift 1
Shift Details: 8:30-5pm Monday through Friday. There may be a need for a later appointment occasionally to accommodate client need.

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Every day, over 30,000 Hartford HealthCare colleagues come to work with one thing in common: Pride in what we do, knowing every moment matters here.  We invite you to become part of Connecticut’s most comprehensive healthcare network. 

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 122-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for the 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut.  CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment.

Child First is a model home-based early childhood intervention, embedded in a system of care, that works to decrease the incidence of serious emotional disturbance, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect among the most vulnerable young children and families.  The Child First Psychiatric Clinician will provide intensive, home-based, caregiver-child psychotherapy with families with multiple challenges, as part of a team with a Child First Care Coordinator. This will include comprehensive assessment of child and family strengths and needs and development of a comprehensive, coordinated family-driven Child and Family Plan of Care. S/he will also provide child specific mental health consultation in early care and/or educational sites, as appropriate, and collaboration with all other service providers working with the family.



  1. Engage with the Child First family and the Care Coordinator in the collaborative family assessment process (i.e., gather information from interviews, observations of interactions and play, reviewed records, collateral sources, and standardized measures).
  2. Provide Child First intensive, home-based mental health intervention with young children and their parents using relational, parent-child, dyadic psychotherapy and other modalities.
  3. Use video to document aspects of the Child First intervention both as a therapeutic modality and to enhance the process of reflective supervision.
  4. Help the caregiver gain insight regarding personal history (including trauma history), feelings for the child, and current parenting practices.
  5. Provide mental health and developmental assessment and consultation within early care and education and kindergarten.
  6. Work flexible hours to meet the needs of families, at least one evening.
  7. Develop comprehensive, well-coordinated, family-driven Child and Family Plan of Care, in partnership with the Care Coordinator, the family, and chosen service providers.
  8. Participate in Child First weekly, individual, team, and group clinical reflective supervision.
  9. Complete monthly metrics and work to improve performance.
  10. Enter all outcome measures in Child FIRST cross-site database.
  11. Complete all Child FIRST Fidelity Assessments in order to monitor and maintain fidelity to the Child FIRST model.
  12. Keep all appropriate documentation for clinical accountability and reimbursement.
  13. Submit all necessary documentation for reimbursement for services in a timely manner.
  14. Avert crisis situations by assisting the family in times of urgent need (e.g., risk of harm to child or caregiver, pending child removal), in consultation with the Care Coordinator and Clinical Director.
  15. Participate in other clinical and administrative activities as appropriate.
  16. Work closely with the DCF staff and with other community service providers as most appropriate to meet the needs of the child and family.
  17. Work under the direct supervision of Child FIRST Clinical Director.
  18. Engage actively in all aspects of the Child First Learning Collaborative, including in-person trainings, distance learning curriculum, and specialty trainings.
  19. Displays and upholds CHH/HHC core values of Caring, Safety, Excellence, and Integrity. 


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or M.S. in Counseling.
  • Current State of Connecticut licensure as an LCSW, LMFT, or LPC required.    
  • Knowledge of relationship-based, psychodynamic intervention and early child development; parent-child relationships and attachment theory; effects of trauma and environmental risks on early childhood brain development, especially violence exposure, maternal depression, and substance abuse; and community-level risk factors (e.g., poverty, homelessness).
  • Ability to speak a second language (Spanish), highly valued.
  • Experience working psychotherapeutically with children and families, including parent-child therapeutic work and play therapy with very young children (0-5 years), for a minimum of three years.
  • Experience providing mental health assessment and consultation to early care and education providers.
  • Experience working with adults with mental health and cognitive challenges.
  • Knowledge and experience working with diverse cultures and ethnicities.
  • Experience providing intervention within home and community settings.

We take great care of careers.

As a Hartford HealthCare entity, Charlotte Hungerford provides eligible employees with an extensive benefits package and all the benefits of working in a small town/semi-rural setting:

  • Medical and dental benefits
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Generous paid time off with accrual starting on the date of hire, including six paid holidays
  • Additional voluntary benefits as well as employee discount programs
  • Stress free commute; Free parking / no shuttles
  • Staff kitchen
  • Individual offices for full time clinicians

With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth.  Here, you are part of an organization on the cutting edge – helping to bring new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education to countless men, women and children.  We know that a thriving organization starts with thriving employees-- we provide a competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance.  Every moment matters.  And this is your moment.

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