YMCA of Greater Seattle

Youth Mental Health Crisis Specialist (AFTERHOURS)

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date 1 week ago(3/9/2018 2:27 PM)
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building
Family Services & Mental Health
2100 24th Ave S


CCORS is hiring! Come join the dynamic and innovative clinical team at the YMCA's Children's Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS). This is a great position for those that are interested in improving their current crisis prevention skills and increasing their expertise in hospitalization assessments (and diversion) for kids throughout King County! 


We are currently hiring Crisis Intervention Specialists for our Afterhours shifts (8pm-8am or 5pm-8am), and Saturday and Sunday (8am-8pm). Minimum commitment is approximately 3 shifts per week, (shifts vary between 12 to 15 hours) and the ability to pick up additional shifts, as needed. This is a community-based, on-call position where staff are not in the office, but participate in personal activities while being available to be called out to homes or hospitals to assess and safety plan with families whose children are experiencing a mental health crisis.


CCORS staff work with youth and families to instill hope and identify strengths in order to connect families with the resources in their community and the resiliency within themselves.  Our staff team with other professionals in the hospital and perform home outreaches in pairs to ensure staff safety and maximize the success of family engagement and crisis intervention.  


The Accelerator YMCA strives for an inclusive workplace where culturally relevant services are at the heart of our programs and a diverse staff team is encouraged to thrive.  



  1. Available to respond to after-hours Crisis Clinic referrals and provide and outreach within 2 hours.
  2. Provides immediate, short term, acute crisis intervention services to families in King County to prevent out of home care and psychiatric hospitalization for children and youth.
  3. Provides services in the homes, and other community locations of families served.
  4. Develops and implements Child and Family Safety Plans and makes referrals to community resources that are sensitive to the family’s cultural, social and mental health needs.
  5. Document their interventions, exploring of least restrictive options, and collaboration with Hospital Social Workers, Family Members, Safety Planning and CALOCUS assessment in approved documentation formats within established timelines.
  6. De-escalation and problem solving for/with CCORS Families over the phone and in-person. Coaching parents in the moment of crisis, supporting clients/families in creating of safety plans.
  7. Maintains a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the mental health field through continuing education and reading relevant materials.
  8. Reports all critical incidents and adheres to YMCA program policies and procedures


  1. Masters degree in social work, counseling or related field.
  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. Training and experience in individual, family, and group treatment modalities.
  4. Ability to work in a team management approach.
  5. Strong organizational skills with an attention to details, timelines and follow-through. Registered counselor in Washington.
  6. 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.)
  7. Ability to maintain a flexible schedule and work evenings and weekends.

Competencies for success at the Y:

  • Values - Strengthens the Y's culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility - in every aspect of work.
  • Inclusion - Models cultural competence and supports diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.
  • Develop Self and Others - Demonstrates teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development.
  • Quality Results - Takes the initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance and volunteerism.
  • Change Capacity - Facilitates change, seeks opportunities in the change process, models adaptability, and leads transition in support of the Y's mission.
  • Inspire Others - Promotes creativity, generates excitement, and rewards risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a high level of emotional maturity, maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. Competitive pay range and excellent benefit package includes YMCA membership, health, dental, life and disability insurance; tuition assistance; 12% retirement contribution, as eligible.


The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace.


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