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YMCA of Greater Seattle Crisis Intervention Specialist I -TRACE in Seattle, Washington


Job Summary

Provides comprehensive, short-term non-emergent outreach services to children, young people and families experiencing trauma and resulting mental and/or behavioral health and substance use crisis. This position will work in partnership with First Responders, schools and other key stakeholders specific to Carnation, Duvall, Fall City, North Bend and Snoqualmie. The CIS provides assessment, psycho-education, prevention and early-intervention skill building to stabilize potential crisis situations, parent coaching and linkage to appropriate services including both formal and informal supports.

This position is at Accelerator Y, the social services branch of YGS. The mission of Accelerator Y is to accelerate young people’s ability to build safe, successful and happy lives.Every year, we serve 5,000 children, youth, young adults, and families across King County with programs that aim to strengthen young people’s ability to develop to their fullest potential through four strategies: reducing risk factors; navigating systems towards successful life transition; ensuring stability, safety and wellness in times of crisis; and building competencies and social capital. Accelerator Y’s programs include housing, behavioral health, foster care licensing, violence prevention, education, and employment. Many of the young people we serve have had involvement in the foster care, criminal justice system, and/or homelessness systems.


  1. Provides non-emergent short term intervention services to families inCarnation, Duvall, Falls City, North Bend and Snoqualmieto stabilize crisis and mitigate the impacts of trauma.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Develops and implements care plans and safety plans sensitive to the family's cultural, social and mental health needs.

  6. Assists families in articulating personal goals for recovery, setting action plans to reach their goals, and taking initial steps on their plans.

  7. Documents family strengths, problem areas, recovery goals, objectives, interventions, and progress using case management software and approved documentation formats within established time lines.

  8. Teaches families how to facilitate their own recovery, access community resources, and use effective problem solving techniques.

  9. Helps families identify and engage natural and community supports conducive to recovery.

  10. 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.

  11. Provides case consultation to school administration and counselors for Sno-Valley and Riverview School Districts regarding students identified as needing additional behavioral health support(s).

  12. Communicates and consults regularly with First Responders regarding access issues/concerns related to crisis/TRACE response.

  13. Establishes ongoing meetings with the Snoqualmie Valley Community Networks Youth Resiliency and Community Resources Coordinators to discuss trending behavioral health concerns between the Upper and Lower valleys

  14. Attends partner and stakeholder meetings to present and/or address TRACE/CCORS inquiries as needed.

  15. Build relationships and capacity with local youth serving partners and YMCA’s to provide presence and education about CCORS services.

  16. Maintains a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the mental health field through continuing education and reading relevant materials.

  17. Reports all critical incidents and adheres to YMCA program policies and procedures.

  18. 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.

You'll be a great fit for the Seattle Y if you:

  • Thrive on working in a collaborative environment

  • Are very adaptable

  • Have high ownership and strong work ethic

  • Are a great problem solver who can think on your feet

  • Truly enjoy being of service to people

  • Like being part of a team that cares about one another as people and enjoy working together

  • Want to know that the work you do contributes to building a better, stronger community for all

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities.

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 .

ID 2019-8378

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building

Category Behavioral Health

Address 2100 24th Ave S