Mental Health Therapist

Behavioral Health Services, YVFWC   Toppenish, WA   Full-time     Mental Health
Posted on March 10, 2023
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Behavioral Health Services - Toppenish

Behavioral Health Services - Toppenish


Employment duration:

Full time

Exempt Status:




YVFWC has a compulsory vaccination policy including the Covid-19 primary series, the organization does not mandate the Covid-19 booster although it is offered through our employee health department. Medical and religious exemptions to the primary series will be considered and for those approved, the employee should anticipate following appropriate guidance around masking and other protective equipment offered.

Are you an experienced therapist who enjoys working with a multidisciplinary team? Does your passion and background involve working with children and families? Do you want to provide support for an underserved population? If any of this sounds like you, we have an excellent opportunity for you as a Mental Health Therapist.

This position is located in the Yakima Valley in sunny central Washington State. We're interested in all qualified candidates, including those outside the Yakima area who are open to relocating. Relocation allowance is available.

What We Offer

  • MHW III salary $85,000; MHW IV salary $100,000.
  • $5,000 sign-on bonus in first paycheck and $1,000 bonus at 12 months of employment.
  • 100% employer-paid health insurance for employees including Medical, Dental, Vision, Rx, 24/7 telemedicine; profit sharing, 403(b) retirement plan, generous paid time off, paid holidays, and more.
  • Relocation allowance.
  • Bilingual differential with demonstrated ability to communicate at level 10 or higher on ALTA language scale.

What You'll Do

  • Provide mental health services to children and adolescents and their families
  • Grow and maintain your own client panel
  • Collaborate with multiple levels of support staff and providers to build client care plans

We Want to Talk to You If You Are

  • A licensed therapist who has direct experience treating children or adolescents
  • A team-focused individual who can engage with all levels of an interdisciplinary team
  • A therapist who can handle complex, multi-service treatment plans that may require expertise in evidence-based practices.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish is strongly preferred but not required.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities/Duties

  • Assesses initial client treatment needs and formulates appropriate diagnosis. Provides treatment to patients with more complex or multiple diagnoses. Performs intake session with clients and completes Integrated Biopsychosocial Assessment.
  • Formulates a mental health diagnosis by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM V) standards.
  • Develops treatment plan incorporating standard practice guidelines for each diagnosis. Provides therapy, supportive therapeutic counseling, and education to assigned individuals.
  • Applies therapeutic treatment models, such as behavior modification, cognitive behavioral therapy, and brief therapy during counseling sessions.
  • Responds to crisis situations by assessing urgency and needs and obtaining appropriate services. For example, uses standard screening instrument to assess suicidal potential.
  • Provides treatment assistance to outside organizations, such as school systems.
  • Works with individual to transition and maintain a presence in a community setting after psychiatric hospitalizations.
  • Provides clinical supervision and oversight to Mental Health Workers and therapy assistants which includes clinical chart audits, ongoing case review, and regular meetings to provide guidance and resources.
  • Develops cross system plans or collaborates with other community professionals in the treatment of individuals. Participates in various community meetings, such as schools, courts, DSHS, corrections, and other health care providers.
  • Completes encounters and associated documentation, including coding and billing.
  • Presents case studies and reports to funding sources or as requested by outside organizations.
  • Measures change and adjusts treatment as needed, using appropriate screening tools.
  • Provides cognitive behavioral therapy to individuals, families, groups or communities as assigned. Integrates cognitive behavioral interventions in multiple settings.
  • Enters documentation into the electronic medical record (EMR).
  • Responds to crisis situations, assessing urgency of patient's needs, provides care, and obtains appropriate services as needed.
  • Assists patient and family in obtaining additional services and other resources as needed. Documents all referrals made to other resources.
  • As assigned, participates in various community meetings and serves as a liaison to numerous community agencies and organizations, including school districts, hospitals, law enforcement, Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) staff, and tribal authorities.
  • Presents mental health/behavioral health findings and recommendations in verbal or written format to appropriate professionals either upon request or as part of a regular case presentation for peer review or clinical meeting.
  • Leads staff training sessions on new therapeutic techniques and practices. Provides training and education on clinical topics to team members, staff and the community, as needed.
  • Performs clinical responsibilities in alignment with The Joint Commission (TJC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and YVFWC requirements.


We will hire either level III or level IV depending on the qualifications of the person hired:

Mental Health Worker III Requirements

  • Education: Master's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related field. Formal training on ABA principles and techniques preferred for those working with ASD children preferred.
  • Experience: Two years' experience in the direct treatment of persons with mental illness or emotional disturbance that was gained under the supervision of a mental health professional is preferred but not required.
  • Experience Preferred: One year's full-time experience in the treatment of children under the supervision of a children's mental health specialist.
  • Licenses/Registration: One of the following licenses is acceptable for this position (must apply for within one week of hire if license is not current):
    • Licensed Social Worker Associate Advanced (LSWAA)
    • Licensed Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical (LSWAIC)
    • Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA)
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA)
    • Agency Affiliated Counselor
  • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/First Aid certification (or obtained within 45 days of employment).

Mental Health Worker IV Requirements

  • Education: Master's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related field.
  • Experience: Two years' experience postgraduate/master's experience in the direct treatment of persons with mental illness or emotional disturbance; such experience must have been gained under the supervision of a mental health professional. Washington State designation as a Mental Health Professional (MHP) may be substituted for this experience requirement. For Specialty BH: One year's full-time experience in the treatment of children under the supervision of a children's mental health specialist. Washington State designation as a Child Mental Health Specialist may be substituted for this experience requirement.
  • Licenses/Certificates/Registration: One of the following licenses is required for this position (must apply for within one week of hire if the license is not current):
    • Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW)
    • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
    • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
    • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/First Aid certification (or obtained within 45 days of employment).

Additional Requirements: Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred but not required


We serve more than 181,000 patients across 25 medical clinics, 14 dental clinics, 10 pharmacies, and 64 program sites in two states. We are Level 3 Certified as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). With integrated services including medical, dental, pharmacy, orthodontia, primary care nutritional counseling, autism screening, and primary care behavioral health, YVFWC's patient-centered model of care offers patients the full spectrum of care and shelter assistance, energy assistance, weatherization, HIV and AIDS counseling and testing, home visits, and four mobile medical/dental clinics.

Working at YVFWC

Working in our organization means being the passionate champion for those who have no voice. It means having the opportunity to work with underserved populations and with peers committed to the same work.

At Farm Workers Clinic

  • We will consistently trust one another to work for the common good.
  • We will foster integrity by demonstrating ethical behavior and insisting on doing what we say we will do.
  • We will demonstrate transparency by being candid and truthful no matter the risk.
  • We will create partnerships to strengthen ourselves and our community.
  • We will fight for just treatment for all individuals.
  • We will let joy in.
  • We have the courage to be an agent of change and refuse anything short of excellence.

Our mission celebrates diversity. We are committed to equal opportunity employment.

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