YMCA of Greater Seattle

  • Child and Family Intervention Specialist

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 3 months ago(12/12/2018 2:20 PM)
    Regular Full-Time
    # of Openings
    Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building
    Family Services & Mental Health
    2100 24th Ave S
  • Overview

    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. This is a full time, salaried position. Licensed, experienced supervision and training is available.


    Child and Family Intervention Specialist work 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 who utilize their own experiences to support families as well as helping them find resources and natural supports for stabilization within this short-term model. An ideal candidate has the ability to work independently as well as function as part of a team; experience delivering behavioral support services is highly desired. We are looking for clinicians that are skilled at working with children/youth with developmental disabilities and demonstrate an awareness of the needs of this specific population, some specialized training will be provided. We believe that families are strongest and children/youth are healthiest when given the tools they need to succeed. While crisis can often be challenging, we believe it also presents an opportunity for tremendous change. Our goal is to assist families in changing for the better.


    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.


    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

    Our Commitment to Equity:

    The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We strive to achieve equal, access identify and resolve inequities and remove institutional barriers that limit the ability of all people to develop their full potential. The YMCA of Greater Seattle is committed to ensuring equity and justice.

    We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications above. If you believe you have the transferable skill necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.


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


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