Youth Therapist Job Opening

Update October 9, 2017 — this position has been filled.  Thank you to all candidates that had applied.

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Job Position:

Youth Therapist with Supervision

Pay:

$26-$30 / hour (DOE)

Part-time Position (16-20 hours week)

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@healingcenterseattle.org.

Job Description:

The Youth Therapist is responsible for overseeing all children’s programs and groups held at the Healing Center.  The Healing Center holds groups for kids in pre-school through high school.  This role is initially part-time and has the potential to turn into a full-time position.  This is an outstanding opportunity to manage our existing youth programs and help shape the future of providing grief support to kids across the Seattle area.  The Youth Therapist will work with the rest of the staff at the Healing Center and interact with our other therapists and volunteers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Program Operations (approx. 50% of role)

  • Create all curriculum for all children’s groups
  • Create all curriculum for all parent groups
  • Work with administrative assistant to maintain upkeep of attic space, including cleaning and stocking of supplies for art activities, etc.
  • Coordinate planning and executing children’s program events including Holiday party, Summer BBQ, May Walk, etc.
    • Manage and oversee Healing Center Summer Camp
    • Recruit group members to camp
    • Arrange schedules and outings for each day of camp
    • Write curriculum for camp activities
    • Recruit volunteers for camp each day
    • Manage overall camp as it occurs
    • Communicate with families/caregivers/guardians about logistics of camp
  • Participate in broader Healing Center program activities including Ceremony of Remembrance, Oktoberfest, Annual Luncheon, etc.
  • Speak to media about issues of children’s grief as needed
  • Provide outreach to schools and other organizations in need of response to a grief event in the community as needed
  • Other duties as needed

Clinical (approx. 30% of role)

  • Conduct briefing meetings before each group
  • Conduct debriefing meetings after each group
  • Remain on site (and in group if needed) to respond to clinical emergencies and volunteer/group member concerns
  • Maintain consistent contact with group member guardians/caregivers as needed
  • Assess for mental health and behavioral concerns among group members and take appropriate clinical action as needed
  • Provide information to family/guardians/caregivers about group curriculum and suggestions for discussion questions with group members
  • Participate in staff and clinical staff meetings
  • Occasional sick/vacation coverage for adult group facilitators

Volunteers (approx. 20% of role)

  • Recruit volunteers for children’s programs
  • Interview and screen each volunteer candidate
  • Provide 3 day intensive training 2x/year to incoming volunteers
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to all volunteers
  • Provide clinical supervision to intern and post-graduate volunteers
  • Comply with various graduate program requirements for interns
  • Communicate with various graduate programs regularly for interns
  • Schedule all volunteers in children’s groups
  • Promote volunteer optimism via volunteer kick-off meetings, social opportunities, and annual Volunteer Appreciation Event

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other related field
  • Clinical Supervisor approved for Washington State, or ability to become approved within 6 months of employment
  • Licensure, or ability to gain licensure within 6 months of employment
  • Minimum of two post-graduate years working with children and families in a clinical setting
  • Experience with program coordination and program development desired
  • One-year experience in training, recruiting, and managing volunteers
  • Ability to provide presentations in the community
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the Healing Center
  • Experience with clinical interventions around behavior and mental health concerns in children
  • Two years post-graduate experience facilitating psycho-social/support groups, ideally with children or families
  • Experience with and working knowledge of grief and loss in children across the developmental span
  • Must possess sound judgment; prioritization and follow-through skills; attention to details; dependability; tact; and ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a growing non-profit environment
  • Must be able to cope with family/caregiver emotional stress, cultural diversity and be non-judgmental of individual life-styles.

About the Healing Center:

The Healing Center offers a safe, loving place that honors grief, helping you to move through it and heal. We serve 400+ adults, young adults, teens and children who have experienced the death of a spouse/partner, parent, sibling, relative or friend.

  • We provide support and guidance on the grieving and healing process.
  • We offer individual support, as well as programs and activities where you can benefit from the community of people served by The Healing Center.
  • We provide an environment – supported by our community and staff – where you decide when to come, how to grieve, or how long or how often you decide to receive services.

The Healing Center’s goal is to support children, adults, and families as they come to terms with the death of a loved one. We offer a variety of services and a community of people. This is a place where bereaved people, adults, and children alike can stop for a little while, rest, be comforted, meet others who understand, and begin to move through their grief so that, ultimately, they can begin to make peace with death and rebuild their lives. The long-term goal is that each person will come to a place of peace and will find new meaning as they reinvest in life. We are a community of people who support each other.


Oktoberfest 2017

A big thank you to everyone that attended our Oktoberfest event last night! Your support and generosity helps us to provide a community for grieving individuals and families. We look forward the opportunity to serve more individuals as well as continuing to provide our services for those already a part of The Healing Center community. Thanks again for your overwhelming generosity!


Healing Center Update

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May 25, 2017                                                             

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Jen McCormick, Clinical Director for The Healing Center Seattle, will be leaving the organization during the 2017 Summer, after four years where she helped bring community-wide awareness and provided support for families in grief.

Jen has had a direct hand in helping over 400 individuals and families navigate their grief journey, bringing strength and guidance to those in the greater Seattle area.  Through her work leading kids’ groups at The Healing Center and outreach in the community at local schools, Jen has made The Healing Center a safe, comfortable environment for those in need.  She has had direct responsibility for growing the number of groups and programs and for establishing The Healing Center as a gathering place. “The main philosophy of the center idea is to get people in a room together that understand what they are all going through,” Jen says. “Outside of here, they may not be able to talk about it.”

The Healing Center is incredibly grateful for her tremendous support and we know our programs and families are stronger because of her leadership.  The Healing Center is excited for Jen’s next chapter as she will continue to work within the community with children in grief and trauma as well as starting her own private practice.

The Board and Executive Director are working closely with Jen during the transition to hire and train a new Clinical Director, so it will be seamless for all our individuals and families.  Please do not hesitate to contact us (info@healingcenterseattle.org) with comments or concerns.

About The Healing Center

The Healing Center offers a safe, loving place that honors grief, helping individuals and families to move through it and heal. They serve adults, young adults, and children who have experienced the premature death of a spouse/partner, parent, or sibling.  The Healing Center provides an environment – supported by their community and staff – where individuals and families decide when to come, how to grieve, or how long or how often to receive services.


Grief and the Changing Seasons

With Spring just around the corner, Jen McCormick talked with Q13 Fox about how the changing seasons impacts grief. As the days get longer and the sun comes out it can be challenging for people who are grieving to see those around them feel better, more energized, and active. Jen also emphasizes that with each new season brings new memories of the person who died. Entering a season that usually brought special activities with the person who died and realizing that person is gone and you can’t do those things can bring intense emotions.

To watch the video and learn more about the ways grief impacts us, click here.


Upcoming Events

2017 Healing Center Events

Healing Hearts Reception – February

A night for clients to showcase their artistic ways of expressing grief, client only event.

3rd Annual Luncheon – March 10th

Join us at The Westin to learn more about our mission and support our programs.



School Shootings: Advice for Parents

Recently our own Jen McCormick, Clinical Supervisor at The Healing Center, was asked by King 5 News to go on air and provide parents with advice about how to help their children cope with tragedies such as the recent Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting. Here is some advice she shares.

1. Be open and honest

2. Let them share their version of the story as many times as they need to

3. Be authentic (especially with your teens) and show your true concern

4. Keep the door open to conversation for as long as it takes- new events might trigger grief in children unexpectedly

Click below to see the full video:

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Oktoberfest 2014 Gallery


Tips for Handling the Holidays

DECIDE WHAT YOU CAN HANDLE COMFORTABLY AND LET FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW

 Can I handlle the responsibility of the family dinner, etc. or shall I ask someone else to do it? Do I want to talk about my loved one or not? Shall I stay here for the holidays or go to a completely different environment?

MAKE SOME CHANGES IF THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE FOR YOU

Open presents Christmas Eve instead of Christmas morning. Vary the timing of Channukah gift giving. Have dinner at a different time or place. Let the children take over decorating the house, the tree, baking and food preparation, etc.

RE-EXAMINE YOUR PRIORITIES: GREETING CARDS, HOLIDAY BAKING, DECORATING, PUTTING UP A TREE, FAMILY DINNER, ETC.

Do I really enjoy doing this? Is this a task that can be shared?

CONSIDER DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR SOMEONE ELSE

Donate a gift in the memory of your loved one. Donate money you would have spent on your loved one as a gift to charity. Adopt a needy family for the holidays. Invite a guest (foreign student, senior citizen) to share festivities.

RECOGNIZE YOUR LOVED ONE’S PRESENCE IN THE FAMILY

 Burn a special candle to quietly include your loved one. Hang a stocking for your loved one in which people can put notes with their thoughts or feelings. Listen to music especially liked by the deceased. Look at photographs.

IF YOU DECIDE TO DO HOLIDAY SHOPPING, MAKE A LIST AHEAD OF TIME AND KEEP IT HANDY FOR A GOOD DAY, OR SHOP THROUGH A CATALOGUE

OBSERVE THE HOLIDAYS IN WAYS WHICH ARE COMFORTABLE FOR YOU

 There is no right or wrong way of handling holidays. Once you’ve decided how to observe the time, let others know.

TRY TO GET ENOUGH REST — HOLIDAYS CAN BE EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY DRAINING.

ALLOW YOURSELF TO EXPRESS YOUR FEELINGS

 Holidays often magnify feelings of loss. It is natural to feel sadness. Share concerns, apprehensions, feelings with a friend. The need for support is often greater during holidays.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE EXPERIENCE OF MANY BEREAVED PERSONS IS THAT THEY DO COME TO ENJOY HOLIDAYS AGAIN. THERE WILL BE OTHER HOLIDAY SEASONS TO CELEBRATE.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO HAVE FUN

 Laughter and joy are not disrespectful. Give yourself and your family members permission to celebrate and take pleasure in the holidays.

Reprinted from *Bereavement & Loss Resources* a publication of Rivendell Resources Rivendell Resources grants anyone the right to reprint this information without request for compensation so long as the copy is not used for profit and so long as this paragraph is reprinted in its entirety with any copied portion.