Director of Clinical Supervision

Connections Community Support Programs - Wilmington, DE

Job Title: Director of Clinical Supervision
Superior: Statewide Director of Behavioral Health
Direct Reports: Directors and Clinical Supervisors in designated substance use treatment units
Status: Full Time
Location: Statewide

Description of Position
The Director of Clinical Supervision for Behavioral Health is an expert in the identification, evaluation, implementation, and development of evidence-based practices in the field of behavioral healthcare (i.e., mental health and substance abuse treatment). With CCSP and DOC BHCS, the Director is responsible for modeling exemplary clinical skills, the selection of evidence-based practices, and the supervision and training of clinical staff in the delivery of the agreed upon practices. The Director of Clinical Supervision for Behavioral Health works to evolve the standard of care in correctional behavioral health, helping programs and clinicians to develop individualized approaches to the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders.

  • Fully complies with security regulations, procedures, and directives of the facilities
  • Works with mental health and substance abuse treatment staff to implement the evidence-based clinical programs selected for us in the Department of Correction facilities
  • Provides supervision and clinical direction to substance use disorder treatment unit directors and clinical supervisors
  • Understands and appreciates the continuum of treatment for substance use disorders, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and other evidence-based practices
  • Facilitates the integration of mental health and substance abuse treatment by providing supervision and consultation to various departments
  • Remains current on research and practice regarding evidence-based treatment of behavioral health disorders
  • Ensures that inmates receive appropriate mental health and substance abuse treatment from an ethical and evidence-based perspective
  • Periodically completes evaluations of high-risk and/or high-profile inmates, and consults with treatment teams and other stakeholders on the results of those evaluations
  • Provides clinical supervision and consultation to mental health and substance abuse departments as indicated, and maintains records of those interactions
  • Establishes benchmarks for outcomes within the substance use disorder treatment programs (i.e., % of beds filled, % of successful completions) and develops processes from tracking and improving any outcomes that fall below 95% of the established benchmark
  • Advises clinical staff on requirements for licensure or certification in various domains, including substance abuse certification and clinical licensure
  • Upholds all HIPAA, OSHA, and PREA requirements, ensuring compliance with all Federal and State laws, regulations, and guidelines
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Clinical Knowledge: Possesses advanced understanding of clinical evaluation and treatment skills, specifically evidence-based practices for the treatment of substance use disorder in correctional settings, which reflect sound scientific research. Implementation of these skills is done in a professional and experienced manner, in an effort to model such practices for other clinicians
  • Leadership Ability: Capable of providing clinical leadership throughout the behavioral health departments, and is able to conduct formal and informal clinical supervision to clinicians of varying degrees of training and education
  • Problem-Solving: The ability to identify a problem, or to identify situations that could lead to problems, in an effort to intervene quickly and effectively. This may not involve resolving the issue alone, only recognizing the problem, and demonstrating sound judgment by gathering and analyzing information
  • Critical Reasoning: Excellent observation skills and the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions, as well as extracting themes or patterns from seemingly unrelated pieces of information
  • Communication: Ability to convey complicated clinical, administrative, or other important information to various audiences, in both written and oral form. Understanding the context in which information exists, and the ability to temper opinions diplomatically, are critical abilities. Written communication is conservative and precise, and of the highest grammatical standards.
  • Adaptability: Quickly adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing interests, and demonstrates the ability to deal with frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events
  • Stress Tolerance: Recognizes crisis situations and reacts to such in a calm, mature, professional manner. Accepts criticism and feedback, and is able to deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
  • Intermittent physical activity including sustained walking, climbing, standing, and sitting. Possibility of lifting, stretching and other physical exertion while supporting inmates and moving equipment
  • Working environment that is crowded and may be noisy, inclement, and unpleasant at times
  • Working environment in which exposure to infectious diseases may be greater than in a community mental health setting
  • Potential of exposure to traumatic situations related to incidents of inmate self-harm or behavioral disturbance
  • Working environment that requires a great deal of automobile travel, including distances greater than 1 ½ hours.
Professional Credentials
  • Current and valid license to practice a mental health or substance abuse treatment profession in the State of Delaware, including Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional, or another recognized and regulated credential
  • Pre-employment Tuberculin Skin Test, Drug Screen, and CPR Certification
  • Full Statewide Privileging in all DOC facilities, if applicable
  • Full Security Clearance, issued by the Delaware Department of Correction
CADC and license preferred

Education and Experience
  • Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree in human services professions, such as psychology, counseling, social work, or another other clinical degree
  • Five years’ clinical experience in large systems or agencies, preferably within correctional, community-based substance use disorder treatment programs, or forensic settings
  • Two years’ experience supervising or directing clinical staff
  • Two years’ experience delivering evidence-based substance use disorder treatment services such as Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorders, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, preferably tailored for individuals with Substance Use Disorders and/or justice involved individuals.