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Military Family Life Counselor - HealthySteps Specialist ( R-00083326 )





Seattle, Washington, United States


Job Description:

Join our global force of military child and youth counselors and therapists!

Leidos is looking for a Licensed Therapist – HealthySteps Specialist (HSS) to support Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington.

The HealthySteps Specialist (HSS) is an early child development expert who will join the MFLC team and pediatric primary care team at Madigan Army Medical Center, JBLM to provide interventions, referrals, and follow-up for families with patients ages 0-3. The HSS builds strong relationships with families and providers to increase the efficiency of the medical system and support team-based comprehensive care. Learn more about HealthySteps at

Leidos has partnered with the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Military and Family Life Counseling (MFLC) Program and includes HealthySteps Program that provides highly confidential counseling services and support to military service members and their families. Non-medical counseling is preventive in nature and addresses topics such as living conditions, life skills, relationships at home and at work, stress management, adjustment issues, marital problems, parenting, fear, grief, and loss. The HealthySteps Program is one component of JBLM’s MFLC program that serves military-connected families

Many people like you, who have behavioral or mental health experience, are finding satisfaction in the non- medical counseling profession. Your education and experience can more effectively help people navigate life’s challenges when you’re not spending long hours completing billing and documentation, filing paperwork, or sitting at a desk all day. The MFLC model emphasizes simple and easy documentation used for reporting activity only:

  • No long narratives to generate
  • No insurance to file
  • No progress notes
  • No treatment plans

Responsibilities Include:

Preventive and Responsive Care

  • Promotes HealthySteps within the practice to families and providers.
  • Conducts team-based well-child visits before, during, or following the primary care provider Visits focus on monitoring development, social-emotional functioning, and relational health, and providing anticipatory guidance.
  • Conducts consultations on a short-term basis for needs regarding development and/or behavioral concerns such as sleep, positive parenting, picky eating, etc.
  • Maintains a child development support line and responds to and tracks call requests within the designated response time.
  • Participates in reflective supervision meetings.
  • May conduct home visits and may accompany families to key medical, specialty, and community agency appointments as needed.
  • May facilitate parent/caregiver groups.

Referrals and Community Collaborations

  • Creates and maintains community resource directory/database. Provides referrals and tracks follow-up, as appropriate, to help families make successful connections to key resources within the community.
  • Reaches out to community providers to share about HealthySteps, their role, and receive information to support referrals, warm handoffs, and ensure appropriate referral criteria is met.
  • Participates (when appropriate) in community-wide early childhood and/or mental health meetings.

Team-Based Care

  • Is an active member of the HS Implementation Team and attends regular team meetings.
  • Works with the front office administrative staff to ensure scheduling of the HS Specialist’s time in coordination with provider visits (i.e., well-child visits).
  • Engages in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) initiatives to ensure the HealthySteps model is delivered with fidelity.
  • Collaborates with HealthySteps implementation team to implement all eight Core Components including universal screenings, making positive parenting and early learning guidance information available, and adjusting workflows for optimal efficiency.
  • Maintains open communication with all members of the primary care team.
  • Works closely with pediatric primary providers around care coordination, goal setting, coaching, and education about key aspects of a child’s development.
  • Provides consultation and/or facilitates training to medical professionals and all practice staff re: early childhood development, early relational health/infant early childhood mental health, and trauma- informed practice.

Caseload Tracking, Record Keeping, and Reporting

  • Maintains extensive databases required to meet HealthySteps fidelity metrics including both internal and external referrals.
  • Collaborates with HealthySteps Implementation Team to complete required annual site reporting to the HealthySteps National Office at ZERO TO THREE, which may include analysis of both external database files and EHR data reports.
  • Documents all patient clinical activity and care coordination in EHR.
  • Tracks caseload to ensure capacity to deliver the HS services within the risk stratified service delivery model. This includes ensuring exit criteria is met and that families and children are elevated to higher levels of care or referred to community providers if needed.

Professional Development Activities

  • Participates in HealthySteps training (Virtual HealthySteps Institute).
  • Participates in administrative and clinical/reflective supervision meetings.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Master’s degree or higher in the Behavioral Health Professions (MS/MSW/MA/PhD).
  • Licensure to practice at the independent practice level (LMFT, LMHC, LICSW) in the state of Washington.
  • Experience and knowledge about early childhood growth and development, parent-child relational health, infant and early childhood mental health, and family systems.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be able to pass a basic background check for employment, a Child National Agency Check, and Inquiries (NACI/CNACI) clearance, commonly called a Public Trust clearance.

While helping America's bravest and their families, MFLC counselors also benefit from:

  • Free work-related professional development courses.
  • iPad provided for easy digital reporting, with no PII or PHI.
  • Reimbursement for job-related license renewal fees.
  • Flexible 40-hour work weeks.
  • Paid federal holidays.

The Leidos Difference for Counselors:

  • Enjoy centralized support through a Counseling Center of Excellence that provides best practices, expert speakers, state-of-the-art resources, and evidence-based research that allow MFLC counselors to spend less time on administration and more time with their participants.
  • Partnerships with the military, United States government and academic institutions allow you to work on new and emerging trends such as public health-based intervention models and optimization of the behavioral healthcare continuum.

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