Family Therapist/Counselor/Social Worker – Washington State

Website Institute for Family Development

The Institute for Family Development (IFD) is recognized as a leader in providing 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. 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 who want to “be the change” in their communities.

“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


The safety of our clients and employees is our top priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have implemented strict safety guidelines for in person sessions, including: health screens, mask requirements, physical distancing requirements, and alternate meeting locations when meeting in the home environment is not safe. In addition, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all IFD staff


We are looking for an empathic family therapist, with excellent communication skills and a commitment to making a difference in the community to join our team. The successful applicant will have a passion for providing home-based family services, and will be available to work a flexible schedule to meet client needs (including some evenings, weekends and holidays). Specific programs vary by designated service area and may include Homebuilders, PCIT, SafeCare, FPS, and other home based services, as assigned.
We have multiple positions available in the following service areas:

  • IFD Site: North Puget Sound, WA: serving Everett and surrounding county
  • IFD Site: King County, WA: serving Seattle and surrounding areas
  • IFD Site: Spokane, WA: serving Spokane and surrounding counties
  • IFD Site: Yakima, WA: serving Yakima and surrounding areas
  • IFD Site: Yakima, WA: serving Moses Lake and surrounding areas
  • IFD Site: Yakima, WA: serving Ellensburg, Lake Chelan and surrounding areas


A supportive team environment; excellent clinical supervision; licensure supervision for LISCW, MFT and LMHC; and comprehensive training (including Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention, CBT, Ethics). Depending on the program, the position may also include 60 CEU hours of workshop training in the initial year.

This is a great opportunity to work for an exciting and growing organization, and an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of impacting the child welfare system and other child and youth serving systems. Our Homebuilders model has received international recognition and is currently being replicated in 13 states and Canada.


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
  • Agency issued cell phone
  • IFD qualifies for PSLF, TEPSLF and Perkins Loan Forgiveness programs


Competitive Compensation

  • Master’s degree: $53,825.00 – $58,131.00 annual salary, DOE
  • Bachelor’s degree: $48,933.00 – $52,848.00 annual salary, DOE
  • Paid mileage and paid travel time
  • Bilingual salary add-on available in some locations
  • Hiring bonus available in some locations



  • Minimum Requirements:Graduate degree in social work, psychology, human services or related field; OR undergraduate degree in social work, psychology, human services or related field and at least two-three years’ experience working with children and families.
  • 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.
  • At least 21 years of age and live in the designated service area.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (employees who cannot be vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons may request an accommodation plan; accommodations will be considered on a case by case basis).

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