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YMCA of Greater Seattle Youth Mental Health Crisis Specialist in Seattle, Washington


Our Commitment to Equity

The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.

Job Summary

Come join the dynamic and innovative clinical mental health team at the YMCA’sChildren’s Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS)! With CCORS, you will have a unique opportunity to provide therapeutic crisis services throughout King County with a team of highly skilled professionals.

At YMCA-CCORS, we believe that families are strongest and children are healthiest when given the tools they need to succeed. Every child and parent has deep wells of resilience, and our services aim to help these individuals and families access and increase that resilience. While crisis can often be damaging, we believe it also presents an opportunity for tremendous change. Our goal is to assist families in changing for the better.

We are currently hiring Crisis Intervention Specialists. This is a full time, salaried positon. Crisis Intervention Specialists are on the front line of providing mental health first aid, by responding to diverse youth and families in emergent need. Crisis Intervention Specialists also maintain a small caseload in order to provide stabilization services to prevent youth and families from experiencing crisis in the future. Licensed, experienced supervision and training form the foundation of our team approach.

Crisis Intervention Specialists work directly with youth and families to identify strengths, instill hope, and develop resiliency. Come join the CCORS team!

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



  1. Prevent out-of-home placement and unnecessary psychiatric hospitalization by providing immediate, short-term, acute crisis intervention services

  2. Travel to meet families in their homes, schools, and other community locations

  3. Perform risk assessments, develop and implement comprehensive safety plans sensitive to a family’s cultural, social, and mental health needs

  4. Teach, model, and coach behavior management skills, parenting skills, de-escalation, brief counseling, and resource access

  5. 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

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


  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.


Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.


  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Honesty

  • Caring

  • Passion for Excellence

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 1 month ago (6/8/2020 11:28 AM)

ID 2020-9630

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 3

Location Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building

Category Behavioral Health

Address 2100 24th Ave S