Child & Family Counselor

Website Unity Care NW

Health Care for everyone

Job Type: Full-time

Sign-On Bonus:  $5,000

Compensation: Salary/exempt, $68,600 to $83,400 per year with room to grow

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday


Who We Are

Unity Care NW is a private, non-profit, federally qualified health center ( FQHC) that has been proudly and successfully serving the greater Whatcom County area since 1982. With clinics located in Bellingham & Ferndale, we offer comprehensive primary medical, behavioral health and dental care, as well as pharmacy services to a diverse and often underserved patient population of all ages. Employing almost 300 caring and compassionate employees, our mission is to increase the years of healthy life in the people & communities we serve.


Safety is our priority through the Covid-19 pandemic. To learn more about what we’re doing to ensure the safety of patients and staff, please view the following website:

What We Value



We have an inclusive culture and strive to demonstrate our Values in Action in all that we do. We value each individual on our team and aim to onboard a diverse workforce of the very best talent, whose ambitions and values align with ours.
Job Summary
We believe mental & emotional health is an important part of overall health and wellness. Our behavioral health providers work closely with patients and their Primary Care Providers to help them meet their health care goals.  As a Child & Family Counselor, you would provide outpatient, comprehensive Behavioral Health (BH) counseling and social services to children and families based at our clinics & at a local school. This would include the following:


Diagnosing patients:

Assessing patients referred to UCNW Child and Family Department to determine the patient’s mental health diagnosis utilizing DSM 5 Diagnostic criteria
Treating patients:

Assessing patients for disorders found within the DSM 5 as referred by the Primary Care Providers, Primary Care BH & Specialty BH therapists, Psychiatric team, and Case Managers
Coordinating treatment plans related to management of behavioral health disorders with other treatment providers
Directing patients to appropriate additional services, including psychiatry and case management
Communicating and coordinating the transfer or cessation of care with other internal stakeholders
Working within the clinic and in designated school environments (If applicable)
Providing consultation and education to patients and necessary stakeholders:

Providing consultation and input related to the ongoing care to other internal providers, external providers, parents & care givers, teachers, and other necessary stakeholders
What We Offer

Full-time employment without the overhead work and costs of running a private practice
Fully implemented EMR system (AthenaPractice formerly Centricty) with one-on-one training provided
Outpatient work only – no call
Competitive compensation package
Malpractice insurance with tail coverage
Continuing Education benefit & reimbursement of state license fees
Generous paid time off
Medical, dental, & vision insurance
401(k) retirement plan with employer match after 1 year
Life insurance
Alternative transportation incentive
Wellness reimbursement benefit
Ability to apply for loan repayment via the National Health Service Corps (NHSC)-for information see
Ability to apply for loan repayment via the Washington Student Achievement Council-for information see


Independent license as a Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist or Psychologist in Washington State (or be eligible to obtain an independent license in Washington)
Mental Health Professional (MHP) acknowledgment or have the qualifications to be acknowledged as an MHP by the WA State Department of Health (details can be viewed at
2 years’ direct clinical experience, preferably in community health or community mental health
Ability to split workdays between our Behavioral Health Clinic in Bellingham, our North Whatcom Health Center Clinic in Ferndale &/or onsite at a local school
Preferred Qualifications  

Experience with Medicaid patients and related insurance knowledge
Demonstrated success in working with and relating to individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds & socio-economic levels, treating them with sensitivity & respect
Experience working in schools where building relationships & care coordination is essential with students, their families, teachers, school counselors, the school psychologist and the principal
Ability to be flexible & accommodative when working at different locations & with various stakeholders, such as scheduling meetings before or after school for parents who work or after school when teachers are available
Skills in support group organization & facilitation
Candidates who meet the requirements & have applicable experience or similar qualifications are encouraged to apply!

About Bellingham


Live in a community consistently rated as one of the most desirable in the USA! Nestled on Bellingham Bay at the foot of the Cascade Mountains just a short distance from Seattle, Vancouver BC, and the San Juan Islands, Bellingham is home to 80,000 people and surrounded by several charming small towns. Enjoy all the area has to offer:


Recreational & Outdoor Activities (Hiking, Biking, Skiing, Snow Boarding, Fishing, Sailing, Kayaking, & Camping)
Excellent Schools (University, Community College, Technical School, & Outstanding K-12 Educational System)
Small Town or City Living (Unique Shops, Local Festivals, Farmers Markets, Berry Picking, & Community Events)
Cultural Activities (Theater, Music, Independent Films, Museums, Art Studios, & Diverse Local Restaurants)


To Apply
If you are passionate about helping everyone have the opportunity to live their healthiest life, please visit our Careers Page to apply at or contact Vicki Curtis, Provider Recruiter, at or 360-788-2661.  For news on our organization & future job postings, please follow us on LinkedIn at!
Unity Care NW has an Employee Health Program for the safety of our patients and staff. The program requires all employees to receive annual flu immunizations. In accordance with Washington State Proclamation 21-14, Unity Care NW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

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