Outpatient Mental Health Therapist

Full-time, Regular Status, FLSA Nonexempt
Location: Renton, WA 98057
$61,850 - $80,100 annually for associate license
$72,700 - $95,300 for fully licensed
Dependent on licensure and years of experience

SIGN-ON BONUS: Up to $6000 for licensed professionals and up to $2500 for non-licensed professionals (terms and conditions apply)

Childhaven is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are upholding this by recruiting candidates of every race, creed, color, religion, caste, national or ethnic origin, gender or gender identity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, and all other historically marginalized and excluded communities other protected status as provided by law.  Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are highly encouraged to apply!

We are proud to be a values-driven organization that serves families from diverse communities. Our values guide us in the way we treat each other, the decisions we make, and the success we achieve. The following are the values guide our work:

  • TEAMWORK:   Relationships come first.
  • EQUITY:           There’s infinite value in every human.
  • EXCELLENCE:   Constructively dissatisfied with the status quo.
  • DEDICATION:   Do more. Do better.
  • RESPECT:         Meet people where they are.
  • REFLECTION:   Feelings Matter. Stepping back and exploring possibilities.

Childhaven is a leader in serving children, families, and communities that have experienced trauma and adversity. We are building a continuum of care model that is growing to respond to the changing needs of families by combining our legacy of healing-centered care, with the expertise of community partners. Going forward, we are embarking on a new and ambitious strategic impact plan to further strengthen programs, expand impact, and embrace innovation.

You are a passionate and dedicated individual who shares our vision: To help ensure that all children are safe and healthy; thriving physically, socially emotionally and educationally; and well nurtured by family and by their community.  You too are constructively dissatisfied with the status quo. You are equal parts learner, leader and mentor and see around the corners of a challenge, replaying the question of “What if…” with a reply of “Why not…” If this sounds like you, then we want to meet, get to know you, and talk more about the positive impact we could have together.

The Outpatient Mental Health Therapist will provide a full range of direct and indirect services to children and their families presenting with a wide variety of emotional and behavioral disorders. Services include: Child Parent Psychotherapy, family therapy, individual child therapy, ongoing case management, assessment, treatment and discharge planning and advocacy. Delivery of therapeutic services in the office, in foster or birth homes as well as in a community setting.

Based in our Renton location, this position reports to the Clinical Director.

The Outpatient Mental Health Therapist completes initial intake as well as a comprehensive assessment and determines DC-05/DSM V diagnosis on an ongoing basis that places clients in the most appropriate treatment course in the timeliest manner.

  • Assists in developing strength-based, goal-oriented treatment plans which address the specific needs of the family and specific anticipated clinical outcomes.
  • Provides therapy in clients’ homes, at schools, in the community and/or Childhaven therapeutic centers.
  • Provides direct treatment services, group therapy, and group facilitation to assigned cases, including case management, parental skills training (PPP, Incredible Years, PFR, PCIT or TF-CBT), crisis intervention, home visits, referral and advocacy, and therapy in a culturally sensitive and family focused, strength-based manner. Provides discharge planning as well.
  • Maintains complete documentation of the child’s case records in the designated EHR, including assessments, progress notes, individual treatment plan, other internal paperwork as needed and discharge summaries. Maintains consumer records in keeping with Agency, County and State guidelines.
  • Maintain productivity standards of direct service as established for the position.
  • Ensures timely collection of statistical information for external funding sources and program evaluations.
  • Ensures compliant with applicable agency contracts and adheres to all Federal, State, and Local confidentiality requirements and guidelines. Performs periodic reviews of documentation on regular basis when required by Clinical Supervisor or when need arises (self-audit).
  • Participates in scheduled supervision, biweekly clinical team meetings, quarterly psychiatric consult meetings and other staff and administrative team meetings.
  • Maintain ethical, competent and health client relationships, communication skills, and boundaries.
  • Assists with supervising and recruiting mental health interns, if applicable.
  • Remains current with professional development requirements through seminars, etc.
  • Complies with the agency’s policy and procedure regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse.
  • Complies with all Childhaven policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or closely related field. Preference will be given to individuals experienced with case work with disadvantaged or dysfunctional families from a variety of cultural backgrounds and those with experience in working with preschool children.
  • Valid Mental Health Counselor; Independent Clinical Social Worker; or Marriage & Family Therapist Certification/License AND/OR Associate status.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, have a state required minimum automobile insurance, and be able to use own vehicle for the job.
  • Verifiable safe driving record.
  • Childhaven background check and drug screen requirement.
  • A clear portable background check through Washington Department of Early Learning.
  • Maintain current certifications including Child/Infant CPR, first aid and AED, HIV and bloodborne pathogens.

We are dedicated to recruiting candidates who reflect the diversity and lived experiences of the communities we serve. Multilingual and multicultural candidates are encouraged to apply! In addition to position specific qualifications, preferable skills include:

  • Training in evidence-based practices (i.e., Child Parent Psychotherapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Triple P, Incredible Years, Infant Mental Health, Promoting First Relationships, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

Childhaven has committed to equitable compensation practices, including pre-determining what roles require and the qualities needed from the individual that will fill the role. To achieve this, Childhaven uses a grade and step approach to determine the compensation of each team member.

We strive to make Childhaven a great place to work by living our values: Teamwork, Equity, Excellence, Dedication, Respect, and Reflection. Here’s a bit of what we offer our staff:

  • We believe in a fully transparent hiring process.
  • We offer a comprehensive Benefits Package including MedicalDental, and Vision insurance. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending account (FSA), healthcare reimbursement account, and 403(b) savings program. A full listing of benefits is available.
  • Opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and educational topics, advocacy, and more.
  • We’re dedicated to serving the full range of cultural diversity in our community, and to providing families with care that’s relevant to them. As a member of Childhaven staff, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and our antiracism council, which makes ongoing recommendations to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.

Childhaven values organizational culture and professional development. Team members at Childhaven have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge through the following:

  • Trainings
  • Project work groups
  • Clinical and/or reflective supervision
  • Community advocacy and engagement
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Council (DIREC)


Please apply through our website. If you require an accommodation to participate in the application or selection process, please let us know.

This position will be open until filled; applicants are encouraged to apply. In addition to completing the application online, please attach a resume and cover letter when prompted.

Childhaven would like to get an accurate understanding of each applicant’s experience and interest.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.