WISe Mental Health Therapist
Full-time, Regular Status, FLSA Nonexempt
Part-time also available
Locations: Seattle; South King County/Auburn
$61,850 – $107,100 annually
Based on licensure, education, and years of applicable 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 WISe Mental Health Therapist provides direct therapeutic interventions to young children (ages 0-6) and their families in homes, childcare/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.


  • Completes initial intakes as well as comprehensive assessments (including CANS) and determines DC-05/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 childcare/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.
  • 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.
  • 2 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 and a cleared portable background check through the Washington Department of Early Learning.
  • Maintain current certifications, including CANS, Child/Infant CPR, first aid, and AED, and blood-borne 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:

  • 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.

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 Medical, Dental, 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.

COVID -19: “Due to the amending Proclamation (20-05) (21-14) by Governor Inslee, Childhaven employees are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 for the protection of the clients we serve. Medical and religious exemptions are acceptable to the extent of the law for those entitled under the ADA, Title VII, THE WLAD and/or if there is a sincerely held religious belief accommodation to the requirements of this Order. Requests for these exemptions are required.”

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.