Intern

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.

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.