Mending Young Hearts & Minds Since 1833
1400 Whitney Avenue Hamden CT, 06517

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Career Opportunities at The Children’s Center of Hamden

Since 1833 The Children’s Center has been helping children and families. We are private and nonprofit. Our programs, including the Whitney Hall School, are State licensed and we have received Accreditation from The Joint Commission for Behavioral Health Care Services. Our multi-service agency is located at 1400 Whitney Avenue in Hamden, Connecticut. Click Here for directions.

Our Board of Directors and Management Team values the contributions of its diverse workforce and monitors the management of agency resources so that employees can be successful in their efforts to provide an environment that fosters positive age appropriate experiences for children and youth with behavioral, emotional and/or learning disabilities.

What we look for in an employee:

We look for all our employees to have a successful work history, and good interpersonal skills. Employees must be dependable, flexible, dedicated workers, who can work effectively, independently and as part of a team. It is essential for our staff to be positive role models for the clients we serve.

Some positions require special qualifications due to their nature. All direct care staff who may face crisis are equipped with the safest, most practical, and most effective de-escalation and conflict resolution training.

What we offer:

We offer competitive wages and salaries, excellent benefits including a 401k program, a pleasant work environment, and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our children. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability Coverage
  • Vacation Pay
  • Sick Pay
  • Holiday Pay
  • Personal Time Off
  • 401(k)

An offer of employment is contingent upon these factors:

  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical which includes a drug screening and PPD
  • Satisfactory reference checks
  • Education Verification
  • Satisfactory criminal background check
  • A valid driver’s license with a safe driving record
  • National Sex Offender Registry
  • DCF/CPS Child Abuse and Neglect Registry
  • DDS Abuse and Neglect Registry

Candidates are encouraged to mail or e-mail their resume to our Human Resource Department, no phone calls please. Resumes are kept on file for one year.


Internships at The Children’s Center of Hamden

Thank you for your interest in applying for an internship at The Children’s Center of Hamden!

Please spend some time on our website to learn more about our programs and those we serve.  The below information will help you to find opportunities that will fit into your schedule and may answer some preliminary questions you may have.

Please be informed that all interns are required to pass a drug screen, be in good health and receive the influenza vaccine.  The Children’s Center of Hamden also completes criminal background checks.

To apply for an internship with one of our programs, please email:

  • your resume
  • an e-mail that introduces yourself and includes the following
    • months of the internship
    • total number of required hours
    • days and times you will be available to complete the required hours
    • an explanation as to why you want an internship at our agency
  • We will contact appropriate applicants for an interview
  • 1st year students who speak Spanish are encouraged to contact Sarah Lockery

Wakeman Hall: Teenage Substance Use

  • DARC students- contact Renee Hausman, LADC
  • Experiences include learning how to use a standardized instrument to evaluate substance use, youth and family engagement, outreach and linking youth to positive community supports, planning and supervising recreational events and outings, plan and co-facilitate group sessions
  • Hours include afternoons, evenings and weekends. Morning hours are available during school vacations

Extended Day Treatment

  • Due to a relationship with Quinnipiac University three 1st year MSW interns are accepted. The placement will focus on learning to facilitate group therapy with children/youth.  This internship also provides learning opportunities in case management. Maria Brereton, LCSW is the contact person.  Laura Mutrie, LCSW is the contact person from Quinnipiac University who provides the preliminary selection of students eligible for this internship from QU.
  • 2nd year Graduate level students- contact
  • LCSW, LMFT and LPCs are available to provide supervision
  • Students are taught how to clinically assess and intervene using group, individual and family therapies. By being assigned cases the students learn how to partner with families to develop treatment plans that are built on the strengths and resources of each youth in care.   Case management and clinical documentation are also taught. Students are also welcome to attend treatment teams and weekly consults with the Psychiatrist/Medical Director
  • Hours include afternoons after 2pm and evenings. Daytime hours during the summer and school vacations.
  • All interns are required to attend a mandatory intern orientation at the end of August. Placements begin immediately after.

CARE or SFIT: Short-term Stabilization

  • 2nd year Graduate level students- contact
  • LCSW, LMFT and LPCs are available to provide supervision
  • Students are taught how to clinically assess and intervene using group and individual therapies. The students assist assigned clinical therapists and learn how to partner with families to develop treatment plans that are built on the strengths and resources of each youth in care.   Case management and clinical documentation are also taught.
  • Hours include afternoons, evenings and weekends. Daytime hours during the summer and school vacations.
  • All interns are required to attend a mandatory intern orientation at the end of August. Placements begin immediately after.

 Residential Treatment

START: Subacute Treatment

Casa Rios

Nursing Clinic

Whitney Hall School

Office Manager – Clinic

The Clinic Office Manager will create and maintain medical record systems that contribute to the Agency’s compliance with regulatory standards and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This individual will also conduct quality assurance activity for Agency programs in relation to clinical/medical records,…

Program Director – Kid’s Cottage

The Program Director for Kid’s Cottage is responsible for the daily care and treatment for all of the children and youth in the Kid’s Cottage Program. The Director is responsible for overseeing the admission process and the coordination of services for each child in the…

Registered Nurse

The RN will work under the Director of Nursing and the Supervisor of Nursing to provide and coordinate medical services for The Children’s Center of Hamden clients within their level of care as defined by their treatment program.  The RN is expected to collaborate with…

Clinical Therapist – Extended Day Treatment Program

The Clinical Therapist will be responsible for clinical services and general case management within the context of a treatment team for children and families served by The Children’s Center of Hamden. The Extended Day Treatment Program has a capacity of 62 boys & girls who…

Direct Care Worker

This is a full time position, 2nd shift only, weekends are required. There are no part time or per diem shifts available. A Direct Care Worker is a role model and is responsible for the care, welfare, safety and security of young people.  The nature of the care…

Employment Application

Thank you for your interest in the Children’s Center of Hamden! Please select the application method that best suits your needs:

Download, fill out and mail The Children’s Center of Hamden Employment Application Form or fill out our brief employment form below and upload your resume. Please include the title of the position and submit as much information as possible.

Employment Application
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