YMCA of Greater Seattle

Youth Mental Health Crisis Therapist – Developmental Disabilities

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date 4 days ago(6/27/2022 4:30 PM)
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
Social Impact Center YMCA - 3401 Building
Social Impact Center
3401 Rainier Ave. South
Minimum compensation
USD $62,400.00/Yr.


Our Commitment to Equity
The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.


Job Summary

This unique position provides brief, home-based intensive stabilization services to the families of children/youth (ages 2-20) with developmental disabilities in King County. Child and Family Intervention Specialist within this program work with the entire family to provide support managing challenging behavior, assisting in building communication skills, increasing safety and structure within the home. 


Child and Family Intervention Specialist works directly with families to identify strengths, instill hope and help families develop resiliency. Clinicians who enjoy thinking creatively and working in the community are highly encouraged to apply. This position is part of a small team which includes Parent Partners as well as Behavior Specialists for stabilization within this short-term model.


This position is at the Social Impact Center Y, the social services branch of YMCA of Greater Seattle (YGS). The mission of the Social Impact Center Y is to accelerate young people’s ability to build safe, successful, and happy lives. Every year, we serve 5,000 children, youth, young adults, and families across King County with programs that aim to strengthen young people’s ability to develop to their fullest potential through four strategies: reducing risk factors; navigating systems towards successful life transition; ensuring stability, safety and wellness in times of crisis; and building competencies and social capital. The Social Impact Center Y’s programs include housing, behavioral health, foster care licensing, violence prevention, education, and employment. Many of the young people we serve have had involvement in the foster care, criminal justice system, and/or homelessness systems.


What you'll get from working at The Y

  • Membership to the YMCA of Greater Seattle for you and your household
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance
  • Retirement with generous employer contributions
  • Free access to mental health resources
  • Rapidly-accruing paid time off (PTO) available immediately upon hire
  • Discounts on qualifying YMCA of Greater Seattle childcare and day camp programs

Minimum compensation for this role is $62,400.00/year


As of 3/12/2022, COVID Vaccination for this role is Required. This position requires proof of vaccination in compliance with local state and federal guidelines unless a submitted medical or religious exemption is approved. To see requirements for each program within our association, click here.


  1. Prevent out-of-home placement and unnecessary psychiatric hospitalization by providing immediate, short-term, community-based intensive stabilization services.
  2. Utilizes evidence-based treatment modalities (specifically the Positive Behavior Support model) to provide child/youth and family intervention services; this includes crisis prevention and safety planning, parenting skills training, behavior management, de-escalation training and brief counseling and case management.
  3. Maintain a caseload of assigned clients. Partner with community resources (schools, therapists, wraparound teams, law enforcement, etc.) to support families, and link youth and families to additional resources for long-term support.
  4. Develop and implement individual treatment plans in partnership with the child/youth and family that are sensitive to cultural, social, mental health and recovery needs.
  5. Responds to emergencies in a timely and effective manner during regular hours.
  6. Accurately completes all required paperwork in a timely fashion.
  7. Teach families how to facilitate their own recovery, access support groups, utilize effective problem solving techniques and identify community supports.
  8. Collaborate effectively with other professionals. Attend provider meetings (Family Team Decision Meetings, school or Wraparound meetings, etc.) in order to meet family goals.

Position Type/Location

This position will work with families throughout King County full-time Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, with occasional evenings to meet participant needs. This is a salaried position and licensed, experienced supervision and training is available.


  1. Masters degree in social work, counseling or related field (Including Special Education or ABA)
  2. One or more year post-graduate experience providing short-term mental health services to youth and families from a broad range of cultures and social needs.
  3. Registered counselor in Washington.
  4. Training and experience in individual, family, and group treatment modalities.
  5. Ability to work in a team management approach.
  6. Strong organizational skills with an attention to details, timelines and follow-through.
  7. Ability to meet with clients at home and in the community, and to transport clients in a safe and effective manner. (Proof of adequate vehicle insurance is required.)
  8. Ability to maintain a flexible schedule and work evenings and weekends.
  9. Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical activity, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.

What you'll get from working at The Y

  • Membership to the YMCA of Greater Seattle for you and your household
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance
  • Retirement with generous employer contributions
  • Free access to mental health resources
  • Rapidly-accruing paid time off (PTO) available immediately upon hire
  • Discounts on qualifying YMCA of Greater Seattle childcare and day camp programs

*Some benefits only available to full-time staff


You'll be a great fit for the Seattle Y if you:


  • Thrive on working in a collaborative environment
  • Are very adaptable
  • Have high ownership and strong work ethic
  • Are a great problem solver who can think on your feet
  • Truly enjoy being of service to people
  • Like being part of a team that cares about one another as people and enjoy working together
  • Want to know that the work you do contributes to building a better, stronger community for all

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment. Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. 


The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.



Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.



  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Honesty
  • Caring
  • Passion for Excellence



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