Mental Health Therapist

Reports to: Mental Health Services Therapist
Hours: Full Time
Pay Rate: Starts at $29.00+/hour DOE and depending on supervision experience
Classification: Regular, Non-exempt
Reviewed: April 2021

LifeWire is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Survivors of domestic violence and BIPOC individuals are encouraged to apply.

LifeWire’s Vision / Mission:

Domestic violence is a human rights issue. LifeWire envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive. LifeWire’s mission is to end domestic violence by changing individual, institutional and societal beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate it.

About LifeWire:

Everyone deserves to live free from fear and violence. From a safe home, each of us can work, learn, play, and fully contribute to our community. At LifeWire, we help adults, children, and youth who have been impacted by domestic violence build safer and healthier lives by offering support, resources, and professional services. And we work with youth and young adults to develop healthy foundations early in life, preventing future violence.

Overview of Service:

LifeWire’s Mental Health Services provide individual therapy, group therapy, mental health outreach services, and case consultation. Survivors receive 8 to 12 sessions (with some exceptions) to resolve or reduce stresses in their life by learning new coping skills. This program also assists survivors, whose mental health needs exceed the capacity of LifeWire’s services, to find appropriate external service providers. The service also provides consultation and education to survivors of domestic violence, advocates and the community.

Overview of Position:

LifeWire’s Mental Health Therapist provides and coordinates individual mental health counseling sessions, group mental health counseling and mental health outreach services for service participants and their children. They will assist with the onboarding, training and supervision of mental health interns. The therapist also manages the referral list and consults with other professionals on mental health concerns within LifeWire and externally.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide survivor-driven and trauma-informed 1:1 mental health counseling to survivors of domestic violence.
  • Facilitate support groups, education groups and other meetings with survivors (may require travel off-site).
  • Coordinate seasonal support groups with the mental health team and Lifewire advocates.
  • Manage the mental health referral list and conduct needs assessments.
  • Assist Survivor Services Manager with onboarding, training, and supervising mental health interns.
  • Develop and nurture ongoing relationships with partner and referral service providers.
  • Work closely and cooperatively in a team setting with all staff, interns, donors and volunteers.
  • Remain knowledgeable of service and agency guidelines and procedures to make informed and independent decisions in emergencies and daily activities.
  • Maintain organized shared spaces and personal work environment.
  • Participate in system data collection in an accurate, complete, and timely manner.
  • Conduct outcome measurement and use applicable evaluation tools.
  • Complete necessary paperwork and statistical information.
  • Appropriately spend program funds and consistently track the expenditures as required.
  • Participate in continuing education, community meetings and internal meetings.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned in support of LifeWire’s mission.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in related field. Licensed or certified by the State of Washington as a Mental Health Professional preferred.
  • Experience with or ability to provide clinical supervision to mental health interns preferred.
  • Two or more years’ experience in crisis intervention and domestic violence advocacy preferred.
  • Multilingual/cultural preferred.
  • Demonstrates ability to articulate an intersectional understanding of race, identity, marginalization and domestic violence.
  • Willingness to practice cultural humility and open-mindedness around conversations pertaining to race, identity, and equity.
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing chemical dependency or mental health concerns preferred.
  • Experience, ability and willingness to work with a culturally diverse team and participants.
  • Ability to meet LifeWire background check requirements.
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Ability to safely and regularly drive LifeWire vans (including a 15 passenger van)
  • Updated – or ability and willingness to update – CPR and First Aid Certification and AIDS/HIV Certification
  • Good computer skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to deliver services.
  • Ability to attend work regularly, including scheduled work time outside of typical office hours.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use a computer, which includes extensive keyboarding, and the telephone. The employee must be able to communicate with a wide variety of individuals including through interpreter services. Specific vision abilities required of this job include close vision to read participant paperwork; data enter information; and work with government and community websites, forms, and email.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move from location to location throughout housing facilities and the community. Specific vision abilities required for the job include close vision to data enter information, read and respond to email and faxes, driving participants and their children and reviewing various agencies’ documentation. LifeWire advocate roles are mobile, which requires the employee to travel locally to meet participants, other agency representatives, and government employees in their offices. Employees must frequently carry up to 15 pounds and must occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 30 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is most often in scattered-site housing complexes with varying levels of noise, frequent interruptions and occasional intensive emotional encounters. Occasionally, the employee is in an office environment with moderate noise. The employee is required to drive LifeWire vehicles, which includes exposure to the outdoors and daily encounters with traffic. Employees are often exposed to recitations of traumatic situations and must be prepared to handle secondary trauma.

To apply for an open position, please submit your cover letter and resume by email to hr@lifewire.org, by fax to 425-649-0752 or by mail to:

LifeWire
Attn: Job Applications
P.O. Box 6398
Bellevue, WA 98008

Candidates selected for an in-person interview will be asked to fill out a Job Application.