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. Evidence has overwhelmingly shown that empowering families and teaching parents new skills produces better outcomes and is less expensive than removing children from the home. 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.

"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

We are looking for a therapist/counselor with excellent communication skills and a passion for making a difference in their community to join our team. We provide a range of in-home family counseling services, including Intensive Family Preservation Services (Homebuilders), Family Preservation Services (FPS), Parent-Child Interaction Training (PCIT), Project SafeCare, Triple P: Positive Parenting Program, and Promoting First Relationships (PFR), and more.

Our therapists:
  • Maintain small caseloads, providing the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of high-risk children and families.
  • Provide a range of clinical, concrete and advocacy services tailored to each family.
  • Work with families in their homes and, when applicable, in community settings.
  • Schedule 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.

Available positions:
  • One full-time salaried position for Clark County
  • One full-time salaried position for Cowlitz County
  • One initially part-time/hourly position (non-benefit eligible) for Cowlitz County that can grow into a benefit eligible full-time position.

Extensive Training and Support:
  • At least four days of training in the first year
  • Weekly team consultation to access support, skills, and assistance
  • Ongoing quality enhancement activities to support model fidelity and clinical practice

Excellent Benefits (Regular full time employees):
  • Dental plan
  • Health insurance
  • 15 paid vacation days during the first year of employment, cumulative accrual with each year of service up to plan maximum
  • 10 paid sick days per year
  • 2 paid personal holidays per year
  • 11 paid agency 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: $55,978 - $60,456 annual salary, DOE; prorated for part time employees
  • Bachelor's degree: $50,890 - $54,961 annual salary, DOE; prorated for part time employees
  • Bilingual salary add-on (5% increase, add-on based on language(s) spoken and service area needs)
  • Paid mileage and travel time
  • This is a non-exempt position qualifiable for overtime compensation

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 years’ experience working with children and/or families.
  • Valid driver’s license, a vehicle in good working condition, and automobile liability insurance that meets minimum agency requirements.
  • Ability and interest in working a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
  • Residence in the service area (or willingness to move upon hire)
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.
  • At least 21 years of age and live in the designated service area.

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

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


This is a non-management position

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