Family Therapist/Counselor/Social Worker North Puget Sound Area

Website Institute for Family Development

The Institute for Family Development (IFD) is recognized as a leader in providing family counseling services designed to keep children and youth safe, strengthen families, and reduce the need for placing youth into state-funded care. Founded in 1982, we are one of the largest providers of evidence-based services to youth and families involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Washington State.

Social justice is a foundational value of our organization, and we are fully committed to creating an anti-racist, equitable and inclusive agency culture where all staff thrive and can fulfill their potential. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruitment, support, and retention is how we will obtain the most diverse, highest quality workforce that shares, and helps us advance, our mission and values.

We are interested in individuals who are representative of the diverse populations we serve and are dedicated to serving clients with quality and compassion through a trauma-informed lens. We are looking for people who want to “be the change” in their communities – to advance social justice in their work. We want clinicians who share our goal of ensuring all families are successful in our services, and Black, Indigenous and other children of color are not disproportionally represented in out-of-home placement.

 “A Social Justice approach to child welfare requires confronting racial and class bias, it requires concrete help for poor families, it requires humble tasks, and it requires stepping out of the role of noble healer and into the role of partner.”  Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

We are looking for several full-time and part-time therapists to join our team. We have openings in Snohomish and Skagit/Whatcom Counties. We are looking for applicants with excellent communication skills and a passion for making a difference in the community. Therapists provide home-based family services (alternate service delivery during COVID), including crisis intervention, counseling, skill building, concrete services, and advocacy. Specific programs may include Homebuilders®, PCIT, SafeCare, FPS, and CFI, as assigned. This position reports to the program supervisor.

The safety of our clients and employees is our top priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are temporarily providing many of our in-home services via telehealth. We have also implemented strict safety guidelines for in person sessions, including: health screens, mandatory face coverings for all participants, physical distancing requirements, and alternate meeting locations when meeting in the home environment is not safe.

Excellent Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental reimbursement plan
  • 20 paid vacation days per year
  • 12 paid sick days per year
  • 11 holidays per year
  • 401(k) retirement plan (5% IFD matching contribution)
  • Agency issued cell phone
  • Excellent supervision, including supervision for licensure

Competitive Compensation:

  • Master’s degree: $43,260 – $48,668 annual salary, DOE
  • Bachelor’s degree: $39,240 – $43,069 annual salary, DOE
  • Paid mileage and travel time
  • 10% salary add-on for approved bilingual skills
  • $1,500.00 hiring bonus allocated throughout first year of employment

Typical Working Conditions (alternate service delivery during COVID):

  • Requires working flexible hours, including some evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Work is performed primarily in client homes.
  • Requires extensive travel to client homes and throughout the community.
  • Involves exposure to tobacco smoke, domestic animals, household pests, and other conditions common to domestic environments.
  • Frequent contact with staff and non-staff (e.g., client families, referring agencies, community professionals, community agencies / programs).

Minimum Requirements:

  • A graduate degree in human services or related field and at least one year of experience working with families; OR an undergraduate degree in human services or related field and at least three years of experience working with families.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse individuals, exercise discretion, maintain client confidentiality, and communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Valid driver’s license, a vehicle in good working condition, and automobile liability insurance that meets minimum agency requirements.
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check and driving record review.
  • Current Washington State counselor credential (license, associate, or agency affiliated counselor), and First Aid and CPR certifications required.
  • Applicant must be 21 years of age and live in the designated service area.

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