University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Social Service
Apply Now
Posted on April 29, 2020
Req #: 169270
Job Location: Other Location
Posting Date: 04/14/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: This position is 60% FTE (24 hours/week).

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. 
For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years.

The School of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a Resident And Fellow Wellness Counselor.

The UW School of Medicine offers 100+ residency and clinical fellowship programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), two Board-approved fellowship programs, and approximately 100 non- accredited clinical fellowship programs.  Approximately 1,300 residents and fellows conduct their ACGME-residency or fellowship training at UW’s primary training sites, including the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. 

This position supports the Wellness Service mission to help trainees and their significant others/spouses cope with common stresses of Medical Residency and Fellowship training by promoting healthy work-life balance.  The position is primarily in the evening hours, the time when there is highest demand for/availability to utilize the service. The provision of services in the evening allows the counseling service to meet its goal of breaking down barriers to seeking care. 

This position works in direct support of the UW directive of supporting employees with work/life balance by providing mental health resources to help employees decrease stress. This includes emergency crisis counseling, holistic wellness support, and helping build a community of support.

The successful candidate must have skill in three distinctly different areas:  mental health counseling, writing, and advocacy, and be able to smoothly transition from one role to another with ease.


Resident/Fellow Wellness

  • Provide individual and couples counseling utilizing a variety of clinical approaches as appropriate.  Maintain confidential documentation of the services (Chart notes are NOT part of an electronic medical record and there is no billing).  Review cases with the Director of Resident and Fellow Wellness. 
  • Report daily on utilization of the Wellness Counseling Service via the electronic data base created for the Wellness Service.
  • Provide crisis intervention services as needed.  Make referrals to and consult with GME’s community psychiatrist for those seeking medication with our and learning specialists as needed.  Consult with the Washington Physicians Health Program as needed to make appropriate referrals for residents/fellows with impairing mental health conditions, and/or with alcohol, drug abuse, or other addictive disorders.
  • Maintain an active network of primary care providers, community mental health providers and couples’ therapists who understand the issues typical to residents, fellows, and their partners.  Facilitate referrals within this network for those seeking individual or couples’ work, long-term psychotherapy, medication, and help with issues beyond our scope.
  • Utilize and contribute to our library of self-help and mental health resource materials.
  • Share responsibility for writing the Wellness Corner, our weekly electronic newsletter. 


    Master's Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or comparable field, and Licensure in a mental health field recognized by the State of Washington (LICSW, LMHC, etc).

  • Must be experienced in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders including suicidality, behavior disorders, and post-partum depression.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are essential.
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of reliability, accuracy and productivity.
  • Ability to handle confidential information responsibly.
  • Experience and comfort working with victims of interpersonal violence, with racially and ethnically diverse populations, and with LGBTQ clients.
  • Familiarity and practical experience working with models of time-limited and evidence-based psychotherapy. 

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

    This position is based primarily at Seattle Children’s Hospital, but may include an office at the UW Medical Center campus and/or Harborview Medical Center, as well as occasional provision of services at the VA, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance or Fred Hutchinson Medical Center.

    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or