Internship- North

The CFS programs provide a wide variety of mental health services to children, adolescents and their families. Services include counseling, evidenced based practices, case management, advocacy, parent support and education, psychiatric evaluation and consultation. Services may be provided in the community, in schools or at one of six Sound Child and Family clinic sites: Seattle, North Seattle, Northgate, Southcenter, Auburn, Bellevue and Redmond. Hours available are weekdays from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm.

Interns will have a variety of clinical opportunities, including direct services: one-to-one counseling; play therapy; family therapy, and psycho-educational groups; participation in initial intake assessments; developing treatment plans and crisis plans together with clients; and a range of case management activities.  Interns will be expected to collaborate with program staff and other child serving systems such as DCFS, CPS, foster care, JRA, schools, and hospitals.  Interns participate in weekly psychiatric and team consultations, and may participate in staff meetings. 

CFS provides mental health counseling to children/youth and their families at schools within the Seattle, Highline, Tukwila, Kent, Renton, Auburn, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Tacoma and Lake Washington school districts at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Children have emotional and behavioral problems that interfere with learning and attendance. Interns work within a school setting as part of a treatment team that includes an Sound therapist, school teacher(s), parents/guardians, and others as needed.

Interns will receive training in clinical documentation (Intake Assessment, treatment and crisis planning, treatment notes), understanding and determining diagnosis, presenting clients/families for multi-disciplinary consultation Also, interns will be eligible to attend, at no charge, the various agency trainings provided throughout the year.

The Adult Services programs provide assessment and short and long-term behavioral health (mental health and Substance Use disorder) services for adults living in King County.  The program serves a wide range is concerns and welcomes a diverse clientele.  Individuals present with persons who are homeless and experiencing severe challenges, to from the “worried well” to individuals living with chronic and persistent mental illness.  Individuals may present in crisis, or may be dealing with long term challenges that impact functioning and quality of life.  The program provides a range of services:  Rapid Access intake and assessment, individual and group therapy, substance use disorder treatment, case management, outreach and engagement, medication management and vocational support for adults and older adults throughout King County.  Services are provided at the following locations: Seattle, Central and North; Bellevue and Redmond, Tukwila, and Auburn. 

Common presenting concerns include acute and chronic trauma and recovery from abuse; grief and loss, depression, suicidal ideation, difficulty with everyday functioning; anxiety, emotion regulation, behavioral and impulse control (ADHD, substance use), psychosis and chemical dependency problems.

Interns within Adult Services can expect to work with a culturally diverse, multi-problem clientele. Most clients assigned to interns are publicly funded (e.g., Medicaid) or low, very low income.  Interns gain experience in clinical documentation, diagnosis, treatment plans and progress/discharge notes. Case management and counseling services may be a part of the treatment provided. Interns will gain some knowledge of the network of agencies. A team approach is used within the agency and in collaborating with other agencies and systems, depending on the needs of each case.  Intern supervisor will provide clinical supervision, meeting individually with the intern at least one hour per week and other times as needed.  Interns participate in team meetings and clinical consultation groups.

Internship Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate-level school program.
  • Six-month minimum commitment, nine months to one year preferred.  (Bellevue & Redmond sites require one year.)
  • Minimum 16-24 hours per week with a stable and reliable schedule. School vacations are not considered placement holidays, and all time off must be pre-approved by the supervisor.
  • Previous experience serving children/youth is preferred.  Experience working with abused or emotionally disturbed children is strongly desired.