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Sea Mar Community Health Centers Licensed Mental Health Therapist in Seattle - White Center, Washington

Sea Mar Community Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) founded in 1978, is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos in Washington State. Sea Mar proudly serves all persons without regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, or sexual orientation, and regardless of ability to pay for services. Sea Mar's network of services includes more than 90 medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics and a wide variety of nutritional, social, and educational services. We are recruiting for the following position:

Licensed Mental Health Therapist - Posting #20452

Position Summary:

Full-time Mental Health Therapist position available for our Behavioral Health Program in White Center - Seattle. We provide an integrated, person-centered approach to care. This position is in a beautiful facility that also house our medical and dental wings. The therapist provides diagnostic assessments, individual counseling, referral for psychiatric and case management services, crisis stabilization, suicide risk assessment and treatment plans, and leads groups. In addition, the therapist collaborates with other agencies such as Crisis Connections and inpatient facilities to ensure coordination of care and successful discharge planning.

The Licensed Mental Health Therapist provides therapy to managed care patients that are pre-authorized to receive mental health treatment. If the licensed therapist is an Approved Supervisor for licensure, the therapist may provide clinical supervision to clinicians at other sites (those who are not their team colleagues) who are persuing licensing requirements. In addition, this person supports the agency efforts to ensure compliance with WACs, RCWs, and clinical contracts. This job description does not suggest or imply that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee.

Bilingual English/Spanish is preferred but not required.

What We Offer:

Sea Mar offers talented and motivated people the opportunity to work in a dynamic and growing community health organization. Working at Sea Mar Community Health Centers is more than just a job, it’s a fulfilling career with opportunity for advancement. Full-time employees working 30 hours or more, receive an excellent benefit package of Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Prescription coverage, Long Term Disability, EAP (Employee Assistance Program), paid-time-off starting at 27 days per year + 10 paid Holidays. We offer 401(k)/Retirement options and an exciting opportunity to work in a culturally diverse environment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • The LMHT maintains a caseload in compliance with agency caseload and productivity requirements.

  • Assists in ensuring agency compliance with WAC's, RCW's, and other pertinent laws, regulations, and contracts.

  • Assists in developing and implementing policies and procedures as directed by the Program Manager.

  • Educates staff regarding the process for health service referrals and regarding "psychoeducational topics (suicide risk assessment, behavior modification, evidence based practices, etc.) as directed by the Program Director and/or Clinical Supervisor.

  • Maintains documentation of health services, and follows through on patient charts, including but not limited to: intake, assessment, treatment plan, crisis plan, authorization paper work, clinical encounters, 180 reviews, etc.

    Clinical Duties:

  • Provides diagnostic assessments for each patient during the program. Documents outcomes, justifies diagnoses, and communicates with the primary care provider, chemical dependency counselor and other individuals involved in the client’s clinical care.

  • Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served.

  • Demonstrates clinical competencies and proper use of approved diagnostic tools to justify clinical diagnosis and practices.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span.

  • Possesses a clear understanding and proper use of the clinical practice guidelines.

  • Has the ability to identify and categorize each patient’s age-specific grouping of needs, such as those for infant, adolescent, or geriatric patients.

  • Refers patients to psychiatric services as appropriate. Gathers record materials and background information as needed by the community health center (See Policies and Procedures). Coordinates care with the psychiatric service provider to insure accuracy of presentation and that identified needs are addressed. Provides monitoring regarding the effects of medications, and feedback to the psychiatrist regarding effects/side effects.

  • Provides consultation to Sea Mar staff regarding health and behavioral issues and develops treatment plans with staff to address emotional needs and behavioral problems identified for patients.

  • Provides individual counseling in coordination with other systems as needed.

  • Provides suicide risk assessment and develops treatment plans to address suicidal ideations or gestures. Uses case management as needed to provide follow through and build community support as follow through. Provides other crisis stabilization as needed.

  • Gathers information regarding past health services to be used in the individual’s treatment plan development. Provides referrals to patients prior to or following admission, and exchange information with outside service providers.

    Education and/or Experience:

  • Must hold a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in psychology, counseling, or social work which includes course-work in psychological diagnostics.

  • Four or more years of clinical experience in the field.

  • Responsible for his/her individual continuing education hours and licensing fees. The Licensed Mental Health provider must possess an active, approved license from the Washington State Department of Health at all times. Must meet criteria of a Mental Health Professional (MHP).

  • Must hold and maintain an active Washington State Mental Health Counselor License, Marriage and Family Therapist License, or Independent Clinical Social Worker License.

  • How to Apply:

    To apply for this position, complete the online application and click SUBMIT or APPLY NOW. If you have any questions regarding the position, email Sarah Addison, Clinical Supervisor at (

    Sea Mar is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    Posted on 8/11/2020

External candidates considered after 08/14/2020

This position is represented by Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU).

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