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Youth Services Counselor

Catholic Charities Eastern Washington
Walla Walla, WA
  • Posted: 20 hours ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description
Salary: $26.54 - $27.88/hr

$500 Sign-on Bonus & up to $1000 relocation expense after 6 months


  • FREE Employee Medical Insurance
  • FREE Employee Dental Insurance
  • FREE Employee Vision Insurance
  • Sick leave (1 week paid sick leave immediately upon hire plus regular sick leave accrual and 8 hours of paid sick leave per month)
  • Vacation (Minimum of 2 weeks paid vacation)
  • Discounted health memberships
  • Retirement (Employer contribution - 3% contribution and an additional 3% employer match)
  • FREE Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • FREE Life Insurance
  • 13 Paid Holidays

Job Summary
This position is responsible for providing behavioral health services to youth and young adult clients experiencing homelessness. This position will provide services to minor youth residing at the LOFT and work with the Youth Engagement Team in an outreach capacity.  

Job Duties/Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the essential duties/responsibilities listed below.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties/responsibilities of this job. 

  1. Provide regular office hours at the LOFT.
  2. Provide behavioral health services through street outreach and collaboration with Youth Engagement Team and other community providers and partners.
  3. Provide behavioral health services through brief interventions and time-limited regular services. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Record required statistics. Practice timely and complete file management.
  5. Prepare intake evaluations and develop individualized service plans with input from consumers seeking behavioral health services and their families and within time limits specified by the clinical supervisor or as may be specified by a Mental Health Services Agreement.
  6. Provide behavioral health services which promote growth, improve functioning, and keep consumers from de-compensating.
  7. Document therapy, case management, and care coordination services provided to consumers and progress toward goals identified in service plans.
  8. Coordinate with the CCEW Director of Community Behavioral Health Services for clinical supervision, training, and peer consultation.
  9. Provide behavioral health services that will assist youth and young adults in addressing behavioral health needs and reduce barriers in obtaining and maintaining stable housing.
  10. May implement mechanisms that promote rapid and successful reintegration of consumers back into the community from psychiatric hospitals and long-term psychiatric placements, including participating with the hospital inpatient teams in treatment and discharge planning.
  11. Provide information and referrals and link consumers with community resources as needed.
  12. May assist enrolled consumers in obtaining state and federal assistance for which they may be entitled.
  13. Provide skills training and psychoeducation to improve consumers and their families supports/understanding and management of psychiatric conditions.
  14. Follow all COA standards of care for all consumers.
  15. Integrate the use of Evidence-Based mental health practices into consumer treatment modalities.
  16. Make collateral contacts and consult other professionals to ensure maximum service benefits for participants.
  17. Work with LOFT staff, Youth Engagement Team, and CCWW Regional Program Support Coordinator to schedule consumer appointments, maintain consumer files, and gather required statistics.
  18. Facilitate community case conferencing for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in accordance with community adopted standards and in collaboration with community partners.
  19. As a mandated reporter, follows all procedures outlined in agency policies and procedures to report to the proper agency when there is suspicion and/or confirmation that a child or adult has been a victim of abuse or neglect
  20. Uses appropriate administrative, fiscal, physical, and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of CCEW client protected health information (PHI). Per regulations outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  21. Will regularly utilize all forms of communication (email, text, phone, etc.) and database practice necessary for this position and as directed by your supervisor.
  22. Adhere to the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Doctrine in the provision of services to consumers.
  23. Perform as a team member to assure that productivity outcome measures are achieved.
  24. Perform related functions necessary to support the mission and core values of Catholic Charities.

Job Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications listed below.  These qualifications are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to perform this job. 

Education/Experience: to perform this job successfully, an individual must have a MSW or equivalent degree from an accredited academic institution.  Knowledge of community services preferred.  Two years experience in the direct treatment of mentally ill persons preferred.  Experience working with issues of mental health and poverty preferred. This counseling position will require the individual to take classes, workshops, and other training to strengthen their skills and knowledge in the addiction/chemical dependency area.

Certificates/Licenses:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must have a valid Driver’s License and ability to drive for work use.  Preference will be given to candidates who hold Washington State Licensure as a Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker, or Marriage and Family Therapist under Washington Administrative Code.  Successfully pass background check applicable to position.

Physical Abilities:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to:

  • Regularly sit, stand, climb, walk, hear/listen, talk
  • Frequently lift up to 10 pounds, pull/push, carry, grasp, reach
  • Occasionally crawl, stoop, kneel
  • Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses, ability to focus

Mental & Other Skills/Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the:

  • Adaptability:  ability to adapt to changes, delays, or unexpected events in the work environment; ability to manage competing demands and prioritize tasks; ability to change approach or method to best fit the situation.
  • Analytical Ability:  ability to maintain focus for extended periods of time; ability to complete research projects with resourcefulness and persistence; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; ability to use intuition and experience to complement existing data.
  • Attendance: ability to consistently arrive and be able to work as scheduled.
  • Computer/Technical Abilityworking knowledge of: Word Processing softwareSpreadsheet softwareInternet software
  • Dependability:  ability to follow instructions, both in written and verbal format; ability to respond to management direction; ability to complete tasks on time or notify the appropriate person with an alternate plan when necessary.
  • Interpersonal Skills:  ability to maintain satisfactory relationships with others, excellent customer service skills and a good overall understanding of appropriate human relations. Awareness of and sensitivity to the service population’s culture and socioeconomic characteristics. 
  • Judgment:  ability to make prudent and timely decisions; ability to exhibit sound and accurate judgment; ability to explain reasoning for decisions.
  • Language Ability:  ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public.  Preference for individuals fluent in the Spanish language, including an ability to speak, read, write, and understand at a high level of fluency.
  • Mathematical Ability: ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Motor Coordination: the ability to coordinate eyes, hands, fingers, and feet accurately and handle precise movements.
  • Problem Solving Ability:  ability to identify and/or prevent problems before they occur; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary; ability to transfer learning from past experiences to new experiences of similar nature.
  • Quality Management:  ability to complete duties, on time and with absolute precision, at least 95% of the time; ability to edit the accuracy and thoroughness of one’s work as well as the work of others;  ability to constructively apply feedback to improve performance, ability to generate ideas to improve and promote quality in work.
  • Reasoning Ability:  ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Supervisory Skills: this job does not have any direct supervisory responsibilities.


Workplace Environmental Conditions

While performing the essential duties/responsibilities of this job, the employee will be:

  • Noise Conditions: exposed during a shift to constant or intermittent sounds at moderate to loud levels of sound dependent upon daily activities.
  • Exposure to Trauma: Employees of Catholic Charities Eastern Washington provide direct services to vulnerable community members including those who have behavioral health challenges and those who have been exposed to trauma.

CCEW Mission

CCEW is an equal opportunity employer. All employees and potential employees will be recruited, selected, trained, promoted, compensated and, if necessary, disciplined or terminated without regard to sex, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, religious affiliation, marital status, military veteran status, age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, genetic information, or any other basis protected by law.

Catholic Charities Eastern Washington


Walla Walla, WA
99362 USA



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