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FBH Clinician III (Youth & Family Therapist) Tacoma / Pierce County

Family Behavioral Health University Place, WA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $61,815 Annually
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

Meet our Hiring Team at the University of Washington, Tacoma Campus Spring Career Fair, Wednesday, February 26, 11-2pm.

This is a professional position providing therapeutic interventions including crisis intervention and extended stabilization as well as long-term, team-based services to children, youth and families in their homes and other community locations. Emphasis is on partnering actively with families, natural supports and other community service providers to promote safe, stable and healthy families. Position requires 24/5 on call availability due to an unstructured work week to include irregular and unpredictable hours based on youth and family needs. Clinicians can expect to work hours that vary in times and including some weekends.


Welcome, Engagement and Assessment:

  • Meet and engage the family communicating compassion, support, respect and enthusiasm for them and your role as a helper.
  • Listen to and analyze the family’s story, and with them, identify strengths, needs, preferences and goals.
  • Provide and/or arrange necessary crisis response and stabilization services, completing and communicating the safety/crisis plan with family and others.
  • Contact potential team members, including other system partners, to gather their perspective on the family’s strengths and needs and solicit participation and commitment to a team process.
  • Prepare the family for next steps in the intervention (e.g., team development, planning process, natural supports, etc.).
  • Introduce and complete paperwork appropriate to the situation (including Mental Health intake, assessment instruments, etc.).
  • Analyze and align the family’s position and agency mission using methods of respect, communication and conflict resolution.

Individualized Service Planning:

  • Provide intensive and strength based therapeutic mental health services and supports to children, youth and families in the community including: assessing for immediate safety and stabilization needs, treatment plan development, safety and crisis planning, child and family team meeting facilitation, on-going assessment and evaluation of current treatment planning strategies, goals, and outcomes.
  • Facilitate the child and family team to: Identify and prioritize goals and needs. Communicate and translate information in a way that everyone can hear especially the family’s position. Brainstorm and negotiate strategies that build on child and family strengths.
  • Consult with clinical supervisor, mental health specialists and others as needed and incorporate recommendations.

Implementing Services:

  • Respond to crises in a prompt, effective and collaborative manner.
  • Provide and/or facilitate the provision of a range of therapeutic responses that support the overall plan (including individual and family therapies).
  • Utilize parent/family expertise in problem solving around specific needs.
  • Modify and adjust individual intervention techniques for each situation without changing the direction of the plan.
  • Facilitate placement into foster care, as needed, while ensuring necessary paperwork is completed and notifications made.
  • Partner with the family in order to assist them in utilizing the resources offered by formal and informal sources within their community.
  • Facilitate others to communicate plan, strategies and role to team members.
  • Consult with, recommend and provide training to team members around specific interventions.
  • Maintain a focus on strengths, needs and creative solutions and inspire others to follow this format in problem solving.
  • Reevaluate, modify, and redesign plan based on new information.

Transitioning Services to Natural and Other Community Supports:

  • Inspire confidence in the child, family and other team members about their strengths and ability to transition successfully.
  • Arrange and negotiate a process for ongoing formal and informal services and supports.
  • Create and practice a plan for aftercare supports and response post CCS involvement.


  • Master’s degree in social work, psychological, behavioral sciences or related field
  • Prefer experience serving children and/or families (mental health, social services, education, etc.)
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, auto registration and automobile
  • Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy, with no prior DUI convictions (required to provide current driving abstract)
  • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer
  • Ability to work independently in addition to working as a member of a team
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural setting
  • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services

Preferred Qualifications

  • Mental Health Professional (as defined by WAC 388-865).
  • Knowledge of Wraparound principles and practice.

We Offer:

  • Highly competitive wages and a comprehensive benefit package at a low cost to our staff
  • Affordable Housing in Tacoma Area with breath-taking views and rich variety of cultural and outdoor activities year round
  • Licensure reimbursement
  • $75 Availability Stipend per pay period
  • May receive up to $2,000 quarterly productively incentive bonuses

Apply to our website at: or send your cover letter and email to:

Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please let us know if you need special accommodations to apply or interview for this position

Note to Internal Candidates: HR reviews internal compensation and determines increase based on their experience and also agency internal equity factors.

Family Behavioral Health

Why Work Here?

Meaningful Work - Making a Difference in the lives of Children and Families

The Family Behavioral Health system provides an integrated and flexible array of strengths-based services and supports centered around one predominant belief: Children need their families and families need their children. Whenever possible, children should grow up within their own families or extended families, and in their own communities. If separation from a parent or parents is unavoidable, we continue to work toward preserving the family relationship, and whenever possible, continue to focus efforts on reunification. In an intervention, which is truly family-driven and strengths-based, the framework is fairly simple. Initially, we find out what families need in order to stabilize and remain together. Subsequently, we work together with the child and family members, using a team-based approach to meet those needs, and we never give up. Family Behavioral Health therapists are well known for innovative therapeutic techniques and non-traditional interventions. Youth and families referred to us have generally experienced a number of traditional services without success. Our families tend to be those for whom nothing else has worked, and all other viable treatment alternatives have been exhausted. Many have all but given up on professional services, and our first task may be to help them see hope for change and growth. Rather than following a strict and prescriptive “model,” we offer individualized and tailored family-centered services, using a strengths-based and team-based collaborative approach. Natural supports are an integral component of every intervention.


University Place, WA


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