We are looking for a therapist / counselor to provide primarily Functional Family Therapy (FFT). This position will also be cross-trained to provide Family Preservation Services (FPS) and will often have a mixed caseload of FFT/FPS families. FFT is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program for at-risk youth ages 10-18 and their families (https://www.fftllc.com). The FFT model includes counseling, skill-building, support and advocacy. The FFT therapists base their work on the following values:
  • Belief in the capacity of people to grow and change
  • A core attitude of respectfulness of individual difference, families and culture
  • The safety of parents, children and staff comes first
  • Working with the whole family and focusing on their strengths improves family outcomes
  • Teaching skills empowers families to improve their relationships and become self-sufficient

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. 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.  We are interested in individuals who are representative of the diverse populations we serve, and who want to “be the change” in their communities to advance social justice in their work.
 "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

The safety of our clients and employees is our top priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have implemented strict safety guidelines for in person sessions, including health screens, mask requirements, physical distancing requirements, and alternate meeting locations when meeting in the home environment is not safe. In addition, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all IFD staff.

Flexible work environment: IFD employees meet with families in their homes at times that are convenient for the family (include evening, weekend, holidays, etc.), and they are also available to respond to their assigned families in crisis. As such, employees work primarily from home and in families’ homes, and they manage their own schedule. They are provided with a cell phone and given secure remote access to our electronic client management systems. Team members arrange coverage if they are unavailable and/or on leave.
Supportive team environment: Individual supervision and team consultation (weekly), including clinical supervision toward licensure supervision for LISCW, MFT and LMHC, are features of the position.

Continuing education: Training in the evidence-based program you will provide, as well as research based approaches such as Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention, and CBT are structured into the position. Up to 60 CEU hours of workshop training are included in the first 1-2 years.

Cross-sector collaboration: IFD staff work in collaboration with professionals in DCYF, Juvenile Probation, Education, Mental Health, Housing, and Crisis services.

Excellent Benefits
  • Health insurance
  • Dental plan
  • 15 paid vacation days during the first year of employment, cumulative accrual with each year of service up to plan maximum
  • 12 paid sick days per year
  • 11 holidays per year
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • IFD qualifies as PSLF, TEPSLF, and Perkins Loan Forgiveness programs
Competitive Compensation
  • Master's degree: $53,825.00 - $58,131.00 annual salary, DOE
  • Bachelor's degree: $48,933.00 – $52,848.00 annual salary, DOE
  • Hiring bonus
  • Paid mileage and paid travel time
  • Bilingual salary add-on

Minimum Requirements:
  • Undergraduate degree in social work, counseling or a related field plus two years of related experience, OR graduate degree in social work, counseling or a related field
  • Ability and interest in working a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Residence in the service area (or willingness to move upon hire)
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal history check
  • Valid driver’s license, a vehicle in good working condition and automobile insurance
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Access to a home computer or laptop and reliable internet service
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (employees who cannot be vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons may request an accommodation plan; accommodations will be considered on a case by case basis).

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 full time position

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