YMCA of Greater Seattle

  • Child and Family Therapist

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle | US-WA-SeaTac | US-WA-Auburn
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(4 weeks ago)
    Regular Full-Time
    # of Openings
    Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building
    Family Services & Mental Health
    2100 24th Ave S
  • Overview

    The Child and Family Therapist works with youth and their families in-home, providing short-term support and assistance as a part of a team that includes a Parent Partner and Youth Peer Worker who utilize their own experiences to support families for long term stabilization within this short-term model. The intended outcome is to divert youth from juvenile justice or criminal justice system involvement and homelessness by strengthening support through a culturally-responsive, peer-partner model.

    The identified population for services is youth of color, age 12-18, who live in Federal Way, Kent, and Auburn, who have been identified as at risk for group/gang involvement, criminal activity, aggression, or violence.

     An ideal candidate:

    • Can demonstrate cultural responsiveness and has experience working across cultures, especially with adolescents of color

    • Has experience delivering evidenced-based programs in a community-based setting

    • Is competent supporting trauma-impacted youth and families

    • Has the ability to work independently and as a part of a team


    Provides comprehensive short-term mental health services to youth and their families within South King County (Federal Way, Kent, and Auburn). 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

    7. Personal experience as a member of the communities to which this program provides services

    8. Ability to speak a language in addition to English, Spanish highly desired


    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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