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

Full-time, Regular Status, FLSA Exempt

Open Until Filled

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! 

About Childhaven

 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.

Position Summary

 The WISe (Wraparound Intensive Services) Child Mental Health Team has an exciting opportunity to join our team as a full-time WISe Child Mental Health Therapist serving children age 6-12 and their families.  This is a HUGE way to make a BIG impact in the lives of children and youth. If you've been waiting for a sign on how to make a positive difference in the lives of youth...here it is.

The WISe Child Mental Health Therapist will provide a full range of direct and indirect services to children ages 6-12 and their families presenting with a wide variety of emotional and behavioral concerns.   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 community settings.

Essential duties and responsibilities: 

  • The WISe Child Mental Health Therapist completes initial intake as well as a comprehensive assessment (including CANS) and determines DC-05/DSM-V diagnosis on an ongoing basis that places clients in the most appropriate treatment course.
  • 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 and/or Childhaven therapeutic centers and/or in community settings.
  • Provides direct treatment services, group therapy and group facilitation to assigned cases, including case management, parent 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, WISe specific paperwork, other internal paperwork and discharge summaries as needed. Maintains consumer records in keeping with Agency, County and State guidelines.
  • Maintain productivity standards of direct service as established for the program.
  • Participates actively in the child and family team meetings, including active participation in the development of the cross system care plan.
  • Provides direct therapeutic 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 to assist them in utilizing the resources offered by formal and informal sources within their community.
  • Provide mental health consultation for school, childcare environments, afterschool programs or other various 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.
  •  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 Clinical Supervisor or when need arises (self-audit).
  • Participates in scheduled supervision, bi-weekly clinical team meetings, quarterly psychiatrist 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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  •  Proven strong assessment skills
  • Ability to work independently or participate with the team with minimal supervision
  • Able to prioritize work to effectively manage requirements
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Adheres to mandated reporting requirements

 Minimum Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to individuals with two years experience in therapeutic work with families disadvantaged by social, economic or racial oppression from a variety of cultural backgrounds and those with experience working with Kindergarten and grade school children ages 6 to 12
  • Valid Mental Health Counselor; Independent Clinical Social Worker; or Marriage & Family Therapist Certification/License AND/OR Associate status
  • Training in evidence-based practices is preferred (ie: Child Parent Psychotherapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Triple P, Incredible years, Infant Mental Health, Promoting First Relationships, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
  • 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 cleared portable background check through Washington Department of Early Learning
  • Maintain current certifications including Child/infant CPR, first aid and AED, HIV and blood borne pathogens


  • Prior experience in Wraparound or WISe program
  • Prior experience working with children who have experienced trauma


Childhaven serves families from diverse communities, and we are committed to recruiting candidates who reflect this diversity. Multilingual and multicultural candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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

  • We believe in transparency in our hiring process.  This salary range is $52,500 – $75,400 Annually (Dependent upon years of experience and Licensure)
  • We offer a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending account, education reimbursement and a 403(b) savings program with employer contributions. A full listing of benefits is available.
  • No matter what your role is, you'll get opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and education topics, advocacy, management skills, and more. We also work hard to make sure that you have a mentor—a person who's helping you grow professionally.
  • 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 values. As a member of Childhaven staff, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and to serve on our Racial Equity Team, which makes ongoing recommendations to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.


To be considered:

  1. Complete an online application at Childhaven.org/careers.
  2. Attach a resume with all relevant education and experience.
  3. Attach a cover letter that details how you qualify for position. 


Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review. If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, please let us know.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.