Counselor or Clinical Social Worker – Bellingham, WA

Unity Care NW is a private, non-profit, federally qualified health center that has been proudly and successfully serving the greater Bellingham area since 1982. With clinics located in Bellingham & Ferndale, we offer comprehensive primary medical, behavioral health, and dental care as well as pharmacy services to a diverse and often underserved patient population of all ages. Employing almost 250 caring and compassionate employees, our goal is to increase the years of healthy life in the people & communities we serve.

We believe mental & emotional health is an important part of overall health and wellness. Our behavioral health providers work closely with patients and their Primary Care Providers to help them meet their health care goals. As a Counselor or Clinical Social Worker, you would provide comprehensive, outpatient behavioral health counseling services. This includes individual counseling, case management, crisis stabilization, suicide risk assessment, & treatment planning, and may also include leading groups. In addition, you would provide referrals and coordination with medication providers, primary care physicians, and other community agencies & also work with patients to identify health goals and to achieve behavior change which will help achieve those goals. Other duties include collaborating with patients and their families on resiliency/recovery goals that identify mental health needs, physical health care, substance abuse, risk factors, and daily activities such as housing and employment to achieve desired outcomes.

Ideal candidate may possess:

  • Licensure in Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist or Psychologist in Washington State (or eligible to obtain an independent license in Washington)

  • 2 years’ direct clinical experience, preferably in community health or community mental health

  • Experience with Medicaid patients and related insurance knowledge

  • Demonstrates success in working with and relating to individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds & socio-economic levels, treating them with sensitivity & respect

  • Skilled in support group organization & facilitation

What we have to offer include:

  • Full-time employment without the overhead work and costs of running a private practice
  • Fully implemented EMR system (GE Centricity) with one-on-one training provided
  • Outpatient work only – no call
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Malpractice insurance with tail coverage
  • Continuing Education benefit & reimbursement of state license fees
  • Generous paid time off
  • Medical, dental, & vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer match after 1 year
  • Alternative transportation incentive
  • Eligible to apply for loan repayment via National Health Service Corps (NHSC), for information
  • Eligible to apply for loan repayment via Washington Student Achievement Council which, if awarded, provides funds to pay towards eligible student loans for a 2 or 3-year commitment (view the details at

Live in a community consistently rated as one of the most desirable in the USA! Nestled on Bellingham Bay at the foot of the Cascade Mountains just a short distance from Seattle, Vancouver BC, and the San Juan Islands, Bellingham is home to 80,000 people and surrounded by several charming small towns. Enjoy all the area has to offer:

  • Recreational & Outdoor Activities (Hiking, Biking, Skiing, Snow Boarding, Fishing, Sailing, Kayaking, & Camping)

  • Excellent Schools (University, Community College, Technical School, & Outstanding K-12 Educational System)

  • Small Town or City Living (Unique Shops, Local Festivals, Farmers Markets, Berry Picking, & Community Events)

  • Cultural Activities (Theater, Music, Independent Films, Museums, Art Studios, & Diverse Local Restaurants)

To apply for this rewarding opportunity and truly make a difference in the community, please visit the Careers section of our web site at Please contact Karla Lacktorin, Healthcare & Professional Recruiter, at [email protected] or 360-296-7121. If you have any questions & learn more about beautiful Bellingham, WA, at Help us provide health care to everyone!

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