YMCA of Greater Seattle

  • Youth Mental Health Crisis Specialist (Full Time, Day)

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/7/2019 3:42 PM)
    Regular Full-Time
    # of Openings
    Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building
    Family Services & Mental Health
    2100 24th Ave S
  • Overview

    Come join the dynamic and innovative mental health clinical team at the YMCA’s Children’s Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS)! Practice your clinical skills while improving your crisis response and prevention interventions within a truly one of a kind program! Working for CCORS is a unique opportunity to provide community wide therapeutic crisis services with a highly skilled team of professionals and colleagues.


    We are currently hiring for Full Time Exempt Daytime Crisis Intervention Specialists. This job entails responding to youth and families in need throughout King County generally during daytime business hours as well as carrying a small caseload. Licensed and highly experienced supervision and training is a cornerstone of the CCORS team approach along with professional consultation and team collaboration. 

    CCORS staff work with youth and families to instill hope, identify strengths and access the resiliency within themselves. CCORS staff help to connect families to community resources and to learn new skills to prevent crisis and reduce behavioral and emotional discomfort. CCORS staff work together to provide community outreaches in homes, hospitals, schools and other places where youth find themselves in need of immediate support. Come join the CCORS team!


    1. 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. As part of a team, serve client families 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year in all parts of King County.
    2. Provides services in the homes, schools and other community locations of families served. Meets with each family and child with appropriate urgency, intensity and frequency for the crisis situation - generally multiple times and hours per week.
    3. Provides short-term individual and family stabilization services and resource linkage, including risk assessments, safety planning, parenting skills training, behavior management, de-escalation training and brief counseling.
    4. Develops and implements care plans and safety plans sensitive to the family's cultural, social and mental health needs.
    5. Assists families in articulating personal goals for recovery, setting action plans to reach their goals, and taking initial steps on their plans.
    6. Documents family strengths, problem areas, recovery goals, objectives, interventions, and progress using case management software and approved documentation formats within established time lines.
    7. Teaches families how to facilitate their own recovery, access community resources, and use effective problem solving techniques.
    8. Helps families identify and engage natural and community supports conducive to recovery.
    9. Helps families build their own child & family team for wraparound support. Attends treatment team meetings to promote family use of self-directed recovery tools using the principles and values of Wraparound.
    10. Maintains a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the mental health field through continuing education and reading relevant materials.
    11. Reports all critical incidents and adheres to YMCA program policies and procedures.
    12. Participates actively in annual YMCA fundraising campaign by sharing the impact of YMCA programs and soliciting funds to support services to people in need.


    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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