Behavioral Health Assessment Counselor

SeaTac, WA, USA

Refugees Northwest is looking for an Behavioral Health Assessment Counselor for 37.5 hours based out of our SeaTac office. Regular travel between SeaTac and Kent is required. 

Who we are looking for

The ideal candidate is a seasoned professional who has a flexible communication style and strong interpersonal skills. This role provides mental health intakes for a team of 10 Clinicians (up to four intakes per week). Additionally, manages a small caseload (no more than 3) and provides mental health counseling for families who are from culturally diverse, low-income backgrounds. There is no supervisory responsibility in this role, however, it is part of the leadership team. 

The role includes

  • Complete mental health intakes for new clients including diagnosis and treatment planning Identify appropriate resources to serve clients in the most effective and appropriate manner within the resources of LCSNW
  • Provide mental health counseling including interviewing clients, prepare case histories and mental health assessments (most services happen at the clinic, services may also be provided in clients’ homes, hospitals, clinics, agencies and other locations)
  • Provide case management services as needed, including information and referral, and client advocacy
  • Maintain client case files ensuring records are current and submitted in a timely manner
  • Periodically available for crisis on-call status

Minimum Qualifications

  • Mental Health Professional as defined by the Washington Administrative Codes
  • Master’s degree
  • Must be a registered or licensed counselor in the State of Washington
  • Five years of experience in counseling, preferably in a community mental health setting
  • Experience with assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning
  • An understanding of mental health issues, especially as they may be applied multiculturally
  • Experience working with multicultural clients, preferably with refugees and/or immigrants
  • Experience with trauma-focused interventions
  • Experience using the DSM and ICD-10
  • Solid understanding of theory, principles, and techniques of psychotherapy; knowledge of theories of personality structure and development; knowledge of the fundamental types of abnormal behaviors and mental health treatment
  • Knowledge of PHP clients and services
  • Knowledge of WAC requirements and RCW’s relating to mental health services

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual in English / Arabic, English / Swahili,  or English Russian
  • Experience with Electronic Health Record system such as Credible


We offer a full benefits package with options for medical and dental insurance. Vacation includes up to 2 weeks in the first year, with an increase up to 3 weeks in the second year (based on hours worked). Up to 2 ½ weeks of Sick leave for you or to take care of your immediate family (based on hours worked). 10 Paid Holidays plus 2 Floating Holidays each year. A 403(b) Retirement plan with a matching program after meeting eligibility requirements. Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is designed to help and support you with free and confidential counseling, financial, and support services.  Mileage and expense reimbursement is also provided.

We thank all candidates in advance for their interest in joining the Lutheran Community Services Northwest team.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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