Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist - WISe

           $52,500 - $75,400 annually (Based on years of applicable experience)

    Regular status, full-time, FLSA exempt, fully benefitted

       Locations, South King County/Auburn

This posting is continuous


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



For over 110 years Childhaven has been a leader in serving children, families, and communities that have experienced trauma and adversity. In the past few years, we have been adding services and locations, becoming more community-based, and forming partnerships to increase our impact. In June 2020, Childhaven consolidated with Renton Area Youth and Family Services (RAYS) and Art with Heart, which further expanded our capacity to better serve more children, families, and communities. By combining our legacy of healing-centered care, with the expertise of our new partners, Childhaven is building a continuum of care model that is unlike any other in the Puget Sound Region.

We are proud to be a values-driven organization that serves families from diverse communities. Our values are the compass we use to get us there. They guide us in the way we treat each other, the decisions we make, and the success we achieve. Values are the touchstones to chart and guide our behavior, and reflect our commitment to:


  • 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.


Going forward, we are embarking on a new and very ambitious strategic impact plan to further strengthen programs, expand impact, and embrace innovation. In the next five years our goals are to double the number of locations and quadruple the number of children and families we are serving - all while developing and strengthening partnerships with other community-based organizations, referral sources, government agencies, and universities. In so doing, we are opening doors to a host of new roles and opportunities within the organization. And that’s where you come in.



You are a passionate, driven, and dedicated WISe Therapist who is excited by this opportunity to bring your superpowers and diverse mix of skills and experience to advance our work. You share 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, embrace continuous improvement, and heed the call to better serve more. 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”.

You proactively break down silos and nurture a cohesive and collaborative team that prioritizes “we” and “ours” over “I” and “my”. You foster an environment of belonging, healing, and relationship-building - and recognize that feelings matter. You take initiative, participate fully, and engage deeply, all while maintaining a sense of humor and having fun. You whole-heartedly embrace diversity, equity, inclusion, and culture. You are curious, courageous, and reflective – and willing to bring your humanity to work.

If this sounds like you – we need to meet - and talk more about the positive impact we could have together.


The Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist- WISe provides direct therapeutic interventions to young children (0-6 years) and their families in homes, child care/early learning environments, and other community locations.  Work is guided by infant/early childhood mental health intervention models and provided in a team framework, in close collaboration with a WISe Facilitator and Parent Partner.  Emphasis is on partnering actively with families, natural supports and other community service providers to promote safe, stable, and healthy families.  Position requires flexible work schedule, including evenings and on-call weekends to accommodate families’ needs.


  • Completes initial intakes as well as comprehensive assessments (including CANS) and determines DC-0-5/DSM V diagnosis.
  • Assists in developing strength based, goal-oriented treatment plans that are guided by an infant/early childhood mental health framework and address the specific needs of the family as well as specific anticipated clinical outcomes
  • Participates actively in the child and family team meetings, including active participation in the development of the cross system care plan. 
  • Provides direct infant/early childhood mental health interventions that:
    • Respond to crises in a prompt, effective and collaborative manner.
    • Support both the mental health treatment plan and cross system care plan.
    • Utilize parent/family expertise in problem solving around specific needs.
    • Partner with the family in order to assist them in utilizing the resources offered by formal and informal sources within their community.
  • Provides consultation around infant/early childhood mental health to client’s child care/early learning environment or other community providers, to support the child’s success in natural settings.
  • Provides and/or arranges necessary crisis response and stabilization services, completing and communicating the safety/crisis plan with family and others.
  • Participates in on-call rotation and responds to client crises on-call during assigned weeks.
  • Maintains complete documentation of the child’s case records according to Childhaven policy in the designated electronic health record. Maintains records in keeping with Agency, County and State requirements and WISe fidelity guidelines.
  • Maintains productivity standards for direct service as established for the position.
  • Ensures timely collection of statistical information for external funding sources and program evaluations.
  • Ensures compliance 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 WISe Coach/WISe Clinical Manager or when need arises (self-audit).
  • Participates in scheduled supervision, team meetings and administrative meetings. Utilizes reflective/clinical supervision to support professional growth and quality client care.
  • Remains current with professional development requirements through seminars, etc.
  • Complies with all Childhaven policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  •  Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or closely related field
  •  Valid Mental Health Counselor; Independent Clinical Social Worker; or Marriage & Family   Therapist   Certification/License AND/OR Associate status
  •  Two years of experience working with young children and their families using an infant/early   childhood mental health framework
  •  Possess a valid driver’s license and safe driving record, have state required minimum   automobile insurance, and be able to use own vehicle for the job
  • Childhaven background check
  • A cleared portable background check through Washington Department of Early Learning  
  • Maintain current certifications including CANS, Child/infant CPR, first aid and AED, HIV and blood borne pathogens


  • Prior experience in Wraparound or WISe program
  • Prior experience working with young children who have experienced trauma
  • Training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Promoting First Relationships, or other evidence-based infant/early childhood mental health models.
  • IMH-E® Endorsement through the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health

We strive to make Childhaven a great place to work by living our values: Teamwork, Equity,

Excellence, Dedication, Respect, and Reflection. Here’s a little bit about what we offer our staff:

  • We believe in a fully transparent hiring process.
  • We offer a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending account, healthcare reimbursement account, a 403(b) savings program with employer A full listing of benefits is available.
  • Opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and education 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 and their As a member of Childhaven staff, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and our anti-racism council, which makes ongoing recommendations to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.



Please complete the application and attach an updated resume and cover letter that details how you meet the requirements of the job.

Applications without the resume and cover letter attached may not be considered. 

If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, please let us know.


Childhaven is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.