YMCA of Greater Seattle

  • Child and Family Therapist in South King County

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 2 days ago(5/23/2018 5:24 PM)
    Regular Full-Time
    # of Openings
    Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building
    Family Services & Mental Health
    2100 24th Ave S
  • Overview

    This is a unique position to provide in-home, brief intervention services to youth (12-18) and their families located within South King County. The Child and Family Therapist works with youth and their families providing support and assisting them in building the parent/youth communication skills, assessing and enhancing the safety and structure within the home.  Individuals who enjoy thinking creatively, working within a community context are highly encouraged to apply.  This position works as a part of a comprehensive team which includes a Parent Partner and Youth Peer/Outreach Worker who utilize their own experiences to support families as well as helping them find resources and natural supports for long term stabilization within this short-term model. An ideal candidate has the ability to work independently and as a part of a team.  Experience delivering evidenced based programs within the community a plus. We are looking for individuals that are skilled at working cross-culturally and demonstrate an awareness of cultural diversity and the impact that trauma has on youth and families. 


    Provides comprehensive short-term mental health services to youth and their families within South King County. Collaborate with a team to support families in finding ways to be connected and safe.



    1. Utilizes evidence based treatment modalities to provide individual and family stabilization services, including crisis prevention and safety planning, parenting skills training, behavior management, de-escalation training and brief counseling and case management.
    2. Maintains a caseload of assigned clients. Assists and partners with clients to succeed in school, job, home, courts, and community settings.
    3. Develops and implements individual Service plans in partnership with the individual and family that are sensitive to cultural, social, mental health and recovery needs.
    4. Responds to emergencies in a timely and effective manner during regular hours.
    5. Accurately completes all required paperwork in a timely fashion.
    6. Teaches families how to facilitate their own recovery, access support groups, utilize effective problem solving techniques, and identify natural and community supports that are conducive to recovery.
    7. Collaborates effectively with other professionals including attending Family Team Decision Meetings, Child and Family Team meetings, Wraparound Team Meetings etc. in order to meet the goals of the individuals and families.


    Desired Candidates Will Possess the Following:

    1. Strong clinical skills of assessment and treatment
    2. Excellent organization, time-management, and self-direction skills
    3. Clear, effective communication, with the ability to translate between different kinds of services
    4. Flexible mindset, ready to respond to rapidly changing environments
    5. Strong self-awareness, particularly of racial/cultural bias, with ability to continue developing cultural competence
    6. Consistent desire and ability to learn and grow as a clinician, professional, and team member


    1. Master's degree in social work, counseling or related field required; MHP status required.
    2. One or more years post-graduate experience in providing mental health services to youth and families preferred.
    3. Training and experience in individual, family, and group counseling.
    4. Knowledge of residential and milieu therapy.
    5. Ability to work in a team management approach.
    6. Registered counselor in Washington, and Mental Health Professional status.
    7. Ability to visit clients at home and school, and to transport clients in a safe and effective manner. (Proof of adequate vehicle insurance may be required.)

    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; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.


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