YMCA of Greater Seattle Child and Family Therapist in Auburn, Washington


Imagine being a part of one of the most respected non-profit organizations in the world - while at the same time improving the overall health and vitality of our community. For more than 135 years the YMCA of Greater Seattle has been transforming lives, encouraging healthy lifestyles and developing future leaders. Enabling people of all ages to achieve their potential and instilling that spirit in others - is at the core of everything we do. We have an immediate job opening for a qualified candidate whose values align with our organization: Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Caring.


Provides comprehensive mental health and recovery services to youth, and their families, in foster or birth homes, or placements in the community. This position will primarily serve communities in South King County and North Pierce County. Work space will be provided at a YMCA in South King County, however travel to the main offices in Seattle will be required a minimum of 1x/week.


  1. Maintains a caseload of therapeutic foster care and intensive in-home family stabilizations clients. Assists and partners with clients to succeed in school, job, home, courts, and community settings.

  2. Provides individual, family and group therapy. Develops and implements individual treatment plans in partnership with the child and family that are sensitive to the child's cultural, social, mental health and recovery needs.

  3. Responds to emergencies in a timely and effective manner during regular and on-call hours.

  4. Completes all required mental health and DSHS paperwork in a timely fashion.

  5. Provides consultation and training for caregivers, including foster parents, and assists families in articulating personal goals for recovery and determining the objectives the family needs to take in order to reach their recovery goals. Participates on the treatment team for all clients; attends clinical weekly supervision meetings. Develops and presents trainings to staff and foster parents.

  6. Participates in long range planning and assists in program management and policy decisions.

  7. Provides clinical and administrative support to assigned foster and birth parents, and to case aides.

  8. Provides clinical supervision and evaluation of foster parents.

  9. Is familiar with and utilizes the recovery model is assisting consumers. Documents the family's strengths, problem areas, recovery goals, objectives, interventions and progress using YMCA FSMH forms.

  10. 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.

  11. Participates in YMCA's Annual Campaign fundraising events.


  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.

Job Locations US-WA-Auburn

Posted Date 3 days ago

ID 2017-5864

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location Auburn Valley YMCA

Category Family Services & Mental Health

Address 1620 Perimeter Road SW

Min USD $47,476.00/Yr.