Family Therapist / Counselor / Social Worker Serving Yakima County and surrounding counties as needed

Website Institute for Family Development

Who We Are
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 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

Who We Are Looking to Hire
We are looking for an empathic family therapist who has amazing communication skills and a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and families in his or her community. The ideal person will also be bilingual (English-Spanish) and have experience serving Hispanic and/or Native American individuals and families. This individual will join a team of therapists who base their work on the following values:

  • The safety of children, parents and staff comes first.
    It is best for children to be raised by their own families whenever possible.
  • Family members are our colleagues and partners.
    All people have the ability to change, and a crisis is an opportunity for change to occur.
  • Reducing barriers to service improves family outcomes.
  • Providing information and teaching skills empowers families to become self-sufficient.

What We Do
A HOMEBUILDERS® therapist:

  • Maintains a caseload of only two to three families at a time, providing the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of high-risk children and families.
  •  Provides a range of clinical, concrete and advocacy services tailored to each family.
  • Works with families in their homes (alternate service delivery during COVID) and, when applicable, community settings.
  • Schedules client sessions at times that are convenient for families, and at times family members most need our help and support, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Although the frequency of crisis calls is low, therapists are available on a 24/7 basis to respond to families when there is a crisis or urgent need.

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.

What We Offer
Extensive Training and Support

  • A small case load: Working with two families at a time provides the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of high-risk children and families.
  • Extensive training, including 10 or more days of workshop training in the first year (CEUs provided).
  • In addition, our supervisors and program managers are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide individual consultation when you need it.
  • An opportunity to be on the cutting edge of the child welfare services field: Our HOMEBUILDERS program is an evidence-based counseling model that is being replicated in seven US states and British Columbia. We have received recognition from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, the California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Our management team helps develop and advise on state policy regarding child safety and services for children and families.
  • A spot on one of our high caliber clinical teams: Regular team consultation gives you access to additional skills, support and assistance.

Competitive Compensation:

  • Starting salary range for Master’s Degree is $43,260.00 to $48,668.00, depending on experience
  • Starting salary range for Bachelor’s degree with at least two years of related experience is $39,240.00 to $43,069.00, depending on experience
  • Paid mileage and paid travel time
  • $500 relocation allowance for individuals living outside the service area
  • $1,500.00 hiring bonus distributed throughout first year of employment

Excellent Benefits:

  • Medical insurance (with staff paying only 6% of premiums)
  • Dental reimbursement plan
  • 20 paid vacation days per year
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • 12 paid sick leave days per year
  • 401(k) retirement plan (typically 5% annual agency contribution)

How to Join Our Team
Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling or a related field + two years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree in social work, counseling or a related field.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Experience working with Hispanic families is preferred. Bilingual (Spanish-English) is preferred.
  • This therapist position primarily serves families who live in Yakima County, and serves some families in the surrounding counties (Benton/Franklin, Klickitat and Grant Counties).
  • Ability and interest in working a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.

Need More Information?
Additional information about IFD and this position is on our website:

IFD participates in the e-Verify program and is an equal opportunity employer.

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