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YMCA of Greater Seattle Therapist I,Child/Family in Seattle, 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 those of our organization: Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Caring.


Provides comprehensive mental health, family stabilization & reunification, crisis stabilization, and recovery services to youth, and their families, in foster, adoptive, kinship, birth homes, or placements in the community.


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.


  1. Maintains a caseload of assigned therapeutic foster care, in-home family stabilization & reunification, wraparound with intensive services (WISe), and outpatient mental health 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 DCYF paperwork in a timely fashion.

  5. From a de-centered but influential position, provides consultation for caregivers, and assists families in articulating personal goals for recovery and determining the objectives the family needs to strive for in order to reach their recovery goals. Participates on the treatment team for all clients; attends weekly clinical supervision meetings. Develops and presents trainings to staff and foster parents as appropriate.

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

  7. Provides clinical and administrative support to assigned caregivers, case managers, and behavior support staff.

  8. Is familiar with and utilizes the recovery model in assisting clients. Documents the family's strengths, areas for growth, recovery goals, objectives, interventions, and progress using YMCA documentation practices.

  9. 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.


  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 will be required.)

  8. Must be able to meet YMCA Authorized Driver requirements.

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 .

Therapeutic, clinical supervision, interventions, Mental Health, emergencies, recovery, counseling

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (2/10/2020 12:05 PM)

ID 2020-9880

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building

Category Behavioral Health

Address 2100 24th Ave S