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Juvenile Justice Systems

Learning Pathway Component

Ryther is committed to upholding our social justice values by both acknowledging the systemic racism and oppression the juvenile justice establishment while also believing strongly that youth involved in the system deserve high-quality care.  We partner with King County to provide services to detained and non-detained youth involved in the court system.  This placement provides a student intern the opportunity to work with justice system-involved youth across multiple settings.

We are currently accepting the following internship applications for this Learning Pathway:


No Openings.


2nd Year / Advanced Master's

FALL 2024

2nd Year / Advanced Master’s


2nd Year / Generalist Master’s

Common Learning Activities:

  • Provide services to court- and detention-involved youth, both in the community and within the juvenile detention facility

  • Complete comprehensive MH and/or SUD biopsychosocial assessments and provide treatment recommendations

  • Co-facilitate therapeutic and psychoeducation groups

  • Provide individual therapy and crisis de-escalation support

  • Collaborate with a wide variety of internal and external partners including primary care team, parents and family members, case managers, detention officers, court system staff, and more

  • Learn from weekly individual and group supervision

  • Gain knowledge at weekly team meetings, including multi-disciplinary case consults (“grand rounds”)

  • Teach and role model basic mental health skills with staff at partnership sites



Our rigorous onboarding process includes a variety of core trainings such as:

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Behavior management and crisis de-escalation

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Record keeping and clinical writing

  • Workplace expectations

  • Ethical decision-making

  • Case management skills


Additionally, students in this Learning Pathway get specific training and supervision in:

  • Introductory training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Applying Trauma Informed Practices in therapeutic relationships

  • Trauma-Focused CBT training

  • Crisis de-escalation training



To fully participate in this Learning Pathway, interns should meet the following requirements:

  • Due to the nature of this role working with vulnerable youth in detention, candidate must be able to pass King County criminal background check.

  • Available to attend required team meetings every Wednesday 10am-12pm (in-person at Juvenile Court building in Seattle).

  • Available to attend at least one weekly pass-down meeting Mon-Fri 1:45-2:15pm. (virtual or in-person).

  • Available to work at least one evening per week (Monday-Friday) until 7PM.  Saturday/Sunday house available, but not required.

  • May complete SUD assessments only with active SUDP/T credential from the Dept of Health.

  • Able to work in-person at our community partnership sites in King County.  Some hybrid work is available.

  • Can maintain practicum placement for no less than 9 months (3 quarters). Preference for those who can commit to a full 12 months.

  • Able to complete assigned tasks outside of their specific Learning Pathway based on agency needs, school/program requirements, and individual learning goals.

  • Acceptance of and ability to work with individuals and families with a variety of identities, behaviors, and cultural and spiritual practices with the ability to apply a social justice and equity

For further information, contact the Director of Learning and Vocation

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