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Job #: R-00072789
Location: Tacoma, WA
Category: Life Counseling
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: NACI
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $1000
Group: Health

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Job Description:

Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC) --HealthySteps Specialist (HSS) possesses an independent license as a: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), or Licensed Psychologist. The MFLC HSS, will join the team of HSS at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Multiple positions at JBLM available.

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.


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

Essential Skills/Attributes

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Empathic, supportive, and patient
  • Strong motivational interviewing skills
  • Ability to work with people of many backgrounds and cultures
  • Ability to take initiative and a willingness to learn
  • Ability to work well in teams and independently
  • Ability to collect and enter data for program management, evaluation, and reporting purposes.
  • Interest in the use of technology to improve care quality a plus. Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.
  • Comfort with an open-door policy, potentially frequent interruptions, and warm hand offs
  • Flexibility in communication: able to switch between being on the floor playing with young patients and communicating with medical professionals

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in psychology, social work, or counseling
  • Independent license in Washington State required (LMFT, LMHC, LICSW, or Licensed Psychologist)
  • 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 obtain CNACI clearance
  • regarding mental health interventions in a professional, coherent, and efficient manner
  • “Professional backbone,” confidence, and assertiveness with providers and colleagues (shaping appropriate referrals, etc.)
  • Reflectiveness, insight, and curiosity about oneself

Pay Range:

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About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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