• Mental Health Counselor

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/2/2018 12:26 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Behavioral Health
    USD $25.77/Hr.
  • Overview


    Catholic Community Services’ Counseling, Recovery & Wellness (CReW) Program is a licensed community mental health and substance use disorder treatment program and provider of the King County Behavioral Health Organization (BHO). Our program focuses on serving adults with mental illness or co-occurring disorders to help improve individuals’ quality of life. This position would be embedded with the Catholic Community Services Rapid Rehousing Programs (RRH) providing services to Adults exiting homelessness into fair-market housing.

    The Mental Health Counselor works independently and as part of a team to provide outreach, individual psychotherapy and ongoing case management services to mentally ill adults, including those that are homeless and have co-occurring substance use disorders.  Work occurs in a variety of settings, including housing sites, shelters, the streets and other community locations. This position would work collaboratively RRH Housing Case Managers to resolve barriers to housing stability and work collaboratively to support the Rapid Rehousing Program model.   


    Clinical Assessment and Intervention:

    1. Complete biopsychosocial assessments for individuals enrolling in CReW services to determine their current level of functioning and create diagnostic picture.
    2. Provide and/or facilitate the provision of a range of therapeutic responses that support the overall direction for the individual, focusing on a non-judgmental and strengths-based approach.
    3. Identify the needs, barriers, and strengths of residents to develop bi-annual treatment plans and document interactions in routine case notes that reflect progress in relation to the treatment plan.
    4. Participate in psychiatric consultation, staffing and supervision.


    Case Management:

    1. Assist RRH Housing Case Managers in assessing client needs and required level of services, identifying community resources to meet those needs, facilitating individuals’ access to services and advocating for them on a continuing basis. Such needs include but are not limited to financial and health benefits, primary health care, mental health treatment, chemical dependency counseling, chore service, protective payees, transportation, food access, and legal services.
    2. Provide and/or arrange necessary crisis response and stabilization services. Respond to crises in a prompt, effective and collaborative manner.
    3. Provide crisis de-escalation and risk assessment for clients as needed. Advocate with Seattle Police Department, County Designated Mental Health Professionals, Detox and Drug and Alcohol Involuntary Treatment Services when more intensive services are needed.

    Other Responsibilities:

    1. Communicate and enforce program, CCS and CHS policies and procedures with staff and consumers.
    2. Develop and support a positive team oriented work environment.
    3. Maintain confidentiality, and maintain an atmosphere of safety and support for staff and residents.
    4. Participate in RRH team meetings and provide consultation to RRH staff as needed.
    5. Other duties as assigned.

    This position requires the employee to work in an environment where there may be exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious material. Other exposures could include cleaning supplies, chemicals involved in pest control, paint and other materials used in building maintenance. Working conditions may include interruptions, working alone, interactions with angry persons, and exposure to computer CRTs.




    1. Meet or exceed qualifications for Mental Health Professional (as defined by WAC 388-877: a person with a Master’s in Social Work, OR with a Master’s degree in one of the social sciences along with two years of experience in direct services under the direct supervision of a mental health professional).
    2. Two years direct services experience with vulnerable populations including people in homelessness, with mental illnesses or substance use disorders.
    3. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    4. Basic computer skills with ability to maintain up to date and meticulous records.
    5. Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, allowing for flexibility in role development and working as part of a multidisciplinary program.
    6. Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.
    7. Demonstrate the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.
    8. Criminal history background checks are required prior to employment.
    9. Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.
    10. Proof of negative TB test within past 12 months and ability or test within first six months of employment.



    1. Chemical Dependency Professional or Trainee certification



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