Bilingual Mental Health Therapist, Foster Care
The Mental Health Therapist
position provides services to youth under the Division of
Children’s Services (DCS) grant through the Office of Refugee
Mental Health Therapist provides mental health services for
youth. This position
models a caring, healthy and secure treatment approach for
foster care staff and
demonstrates an interest in youth developing coping skills.
The position also consults
with Therapeutic Case Managers and staff team members in
mental health needs of the youth in their care and provides
trainings for foster
parents. This position requires a high level of collaboration with
DCS Residential Treatment Services and is supervised by the
Foster Care Clinical
A. Counseling Services
1. Provide clinical services
including individual and/or group and family therapy for
DCS foster care services.
2. Provide case consultation, linkage
to and coordination of services with collateral
contacts and advocacy for assigned
3. Utilize agency programs/services
in efforts to provide a continuum of care.
4. Train staff and foster parents in
mental health issues, Dialectical Behavior
Therapy (DBT), and culturally
sensitive interventions for youth.
5. Present a positive and productive
presence in the foster care team.
6. Role model open and genuine
communication on all occasions.
B. Documentation and Evaluation
1. Provide necessary agency and
program statistical information and information
necessary for program/services
2. Maintain case records in the UAC
data portal in an accurate and timely manner.
Ensure documentation meets WAC, COA,
and DCS requirements. Monitor
implementation of requirements of the
Division of Children’s Services. Maintain a
healthy working relationship and good
collaboration with all DCS contract sites and
3. Ensure completion and adherence to
program procedures in various forms and
reports mandated by Friends of Youth
and DCS, such as Individual Service Plans,
Treatment Plans, Psychosocial
Evaluations, Quarterlies, Incident Reports,
Transition Summaries, etc., in a
4. Meet with supervisor on a regular
basis and attend required meetings,
consultations and trainings.
5. Maintain case notes as required,
including documentation of all treatment
6. Ensure all youth materials are
available in the youth’s language and are
culturally appropriate and sensitive
to the mental health needs of the youth.
Bring concerns and ideas for cultural
responsivity to the Clinical Program Manager.
C. Clinical Supervisory Tasks
1. Maintain an assigned caseload of
DCS long term and therapeutic foster care
adolescents residing in licensed
foster homes. This includes conducting and
supervising individual, group and
family counseling sessions on both a
spontaneous and scheduled basis.
2. In accordance with policy and
procedure, complete and submit all treatment
documents on youth by assessing core
and contributing problems, setting
treatment outcome goals, and checking
progress toward those goals.
3. Screen applicants for mental
health needs, together with the Clinical Program
Manager and refer as appropriate.
4. Collaborate on treatment methods
and goals with the Clinical Program Manager,
and with the psychiatric consultant.
5. Plan for successful transition of
youth in coordination with the Case Manager
and include the involvement of
parents when appropriate, sponsors, community
resources and other supports.
Required Skills and Qualifications
A. Education and Experience:
1. Master's Degree in a Social
2. Licensed in Mental Health
Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Social
3. Experience in the field of child
welfare at the professional level.
4. Experience in counseling youth,
young adults and families.
5. Experience in leading groups,
trainings, and workshops.
6. Employees and volunteers who
operate their own or Friends of Youth vehicles
on Friends of Youth business must
have a safe driving record as defined by
Friends of Youth. Employees and
volunteers who operate their own vehicle(s) on
Friends of Youth business must carry
auto liability insurance that complies with
the requirements of Friends of Youth.
7. Bilingual in Spanish and English.
8. Attend agency or professional
seminars, training, or conferences to increase
professional knowledge. Contract
adherence trainings are mandatory.
9. Education or experience in
B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of treatment approaches
for individual and family counseling,
crisis intervention and brief
therapy, including de-escalation and DBT skills for
2. Knowledge of group process.
3. Ability to develop and monitor
goal-directed treatment relationships.
4. Ability to work in a community
5. Ability to develop community
resources and market services.
6. Ability to effectively communicate
orally and in writing.
7. Ability to read, write and speak
in English and Spanish.
8. Knowledge of relevant WAC and COA
standards, DCS Contracts and
participation in the Performance
Quality Improvement process.
9. Must demonstrate sensitivity and
responsiveness to cultural differences.
10. Respect for and interest in youth
11. Must demonstrate sensitivity and
responsiveness to cultural differences and
a commitment to the value of cultural
Clinical Program Manager, Foster Care
Renton / Seattle
Open until filled
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