Counselor II/III (School-Based)
Tacoma, WA Kwawachee Counseling Center
Job Type

PUYALLUP TRIBAL HEALTH AUTHORITY, located in Tacoma Washington is seeking an experienced full-time Mental Health Counselor. This position is grant funded.

“It is the mission of the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority to provide quality healthcare and promote wellness in a culturally appropriate manner.”

We offer an outstanding workplace, competitive market based salary, and benefits packages including:

  • Monday – Friday schedule
  • Medical/Dental/Vision benefits – monthly premiums paid 100% for employees
  • 18+ annual paid holidays
  • Generous paid sick and vacation accruals
  • 401(k) with annual profit sharing
  • Life & AD&D insurance coverage
  • PTHA is an approved loan repayment site for various programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Excellent work/home life balance

GENERAL FUNCTION:  Provide assessments, group, family and individual counseling, crisis response, and treatment for students at Chief Leschi schools.  


  • Perform comprehensive intake interviews of clients’ mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs.
  • Ability to competently screen and/or treat clients with suicide thoughts/behaviors, using evidenced based practice approaches (i.e., TF, CBT, DBT).
  • Maintain at least weekly or more as indicated with each student assigned for individual counseling services at least 95% of the time. Exceptions to this must be approved and documented by Supervisor. 
  •  Accurately document in-person client contacts electronically, on date of service, at least 95% of the time. 
  •  Develop and conduct individualized treatment plans on time at least at least 95% of the time. 
  • Treatment plans will be completed according   to WAC and accreditation guidelines for all assigned clients and will include   measurable goals in “client voice.”
  • Participate in prevention planning and provide school-based outreach and education activities. 
  •  Maintain State licensure in respective field by completing required CEU’s and attending annual Marty Smith training. 
  •  Provide individual and group counseling to students at school or in the clinic (as appropriate). 
  •  Demonstrates a thorough working knowledge of the DSM-5 mental and substance use diagnosis. 
  •  Establish and maintain client case files ensuring current quality standards as required by WAC and any other accrediting body and/or county/government/contract entities. 
  • Coordinate with other PTHA staff in   providing multi-disciplinary approach to treatment.
  •  Assist in training and educating of staff and community, including obtaining any necessary certification as directed. 
  • Operates as crisis outreach and Tribal   Designated Crisis Responder (TDCR), pending state approval.


  • Lead all project activities including staff supervision, selection, development and implementation of best/promising practices curriculum in suicide prevention and intervention.  
  • Establish crisis protocols in collaboration with vested tribal and school entities.  
  • Direct all activities for the Zero Suicide Implementation team. 
  • Master’s Degree in Human Services or Behavioral Health field from an accredited university
  • Current Washington State license or Associate license as a Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker, or Marriage and Family Therapist
  • At least one (1) year experience in the behavioral health field providing direct counseling services to individuals, families and groups
  • Experience working with electronic health record systems

Salary Description
$70,000 - $99,000 DOE