Behavioral Health Specialist (Social Wor...
Public Health - Seattle & King County - Seattle, WA

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This position is a full time 1.0 FTE regular career service position. The Parent and Child Health section of Public Health - Seattle and King County is looking for a dedicated individual to provide services to low income pregnant and parenting women at our Public Health Centers. The incumbent will work in a clinical environment with a multidisciplinary team of health care providers. On site supervision will be provided by a Nurse Supervisor.

WHO MAY APPLY: This full time, career service position is open to all qualified applicants and the general public. Applicants from this job posting may be used to fill temporary or other positions in this classification for a period of up to a year.


The following application materials are required in order to be considered for this position:

1. A Completed Online or Paper Application
2. Supplemental Questionnaire
3. Resume

WORK LOCATION: This position will be based at the North Public Health Center, 10501 Meridian Avenue North in Seattle . The incumbent in this position will also occasionally work at one of the North Satellite sites located at the North Seattle Family Support Center located in the Lake City neighborhood of North Seattle and the Shoreline Family Support Center located in the North City neighborhood of the City of Shoreline.

WORK SCHEDULE : The normal work week is Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.

CONTACT : If you have questions regarding this job announcement, please contact Dan Hughes, Human Resources Analyst at Please do not email resumes to the contact of this recruitment as you must complete ALL application materials to be considered for this position.

Examples of Duties:

• Provide direct services to clients including: behavioral health assessment, care planning, education, counseling and referral as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
• Conduct comprehensive, cultural sensitive behavioral health assessments of high-risk patients and families, with an emphasis on prenatal and postpartum mothers of infants, children and teens.
• Provide direct services to individuals and groups in Public Health setting in both maternity support services and infant case management, both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
• Available to provide direct behavioral health services and consultation to other specialty clinics within Public Health.
• Educate staff regarding mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues and available local resources.
• Provide consultation to a variety of Health Department staff and community partners.
• Work collaboratively as part of a team with other discipline in public health and the community.
• Responsibilities include crisis intervention, short-term counseling and referral services to stabilize client psychosocial needs and coping skills.


• Masters degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy or Counseling from an accredited university.
• At a minimum, applicants must be able to successfully obtain a Certified Counselor Credential or an Associate Level credential or License in Social Work or Mental Health. Applicants will be considered who have obtained a temporary practice permit issued by Washington State Department of Health.
• Demonstrated ability to provide social work services independently with minimal immediate supervision and as part of a team.
• Have successfully provided behavioral health counseling independently in a health or social service setting including completing assessments, treatment planning and crisis intervention.
• Demonstrated ability to successfully apply appropriate and best practice models of care based on a variety of client presentations
• Demonstrated ability to provide short-term therapy, group therapy, and consultative assistance.
• Demonstrated ability to educate other staff regarding mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues and available local resources.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, to foster and maintain a variety of interpersonal relationships
• Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of organization to meet high volume workload demands.
• Working knowledge of standard software applications such as Word, Excel and Outlook
• Ability to travel in a timely manner within King County to locations that may have limited access to public transportation

• Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) or Licensed Mental Health Counselor preferred.
• Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
• WIC and Maternity Support Services experience highly desired.
• At least one year post graduate professional experience providing independent behavioral health counseling service in a health or social service setting.
• Specific specialized experience or advanced training in Mental Health, Domestic Violence, or Substance Abuse.
• Experience providing social services to high-risk maternal-child health clients of low income; multi-lingual; multi-ethnic; and multi-cultural populations.

Supplemental Information:

•This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to

•Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.

•Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.

•Staff may be required to play a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health emergency.


•The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.

•Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law

•Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time.

This position is represented by Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17.

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