Micah Kurtz, MSW, LICSW
Micah has worked or trained in child welfare since May 2008, as a family preservation therapist for two years, a CWTAP intern on the Office of Indian Child Welfare in Seattle for two years, and then five years for Children’s Administration as a line worker and supervisor in the Kent and King West offices, in Child and Family Welfare Services.
While with Children’s Administration, Micah was a father’s engagement office and regional lead, participated in a statewide birth to three safety workgroup, helped lead office Continuous Quality Improvement in Kent, was trained in NCAST, twice testified before a legislative committee on behalf of union social service workers, and was the union representative on the governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission for children, youth and families, advocating for social service providers and families.
In his time at the Alliance, Micah has trained nearly every workforce training, helped create and roll out the Learner Centered Coaching model, and has been coding and coaching staff in Motivational Interviewing. Micah believes that supporting a high quality child welfare workforce and management can only help to support children and families in Washington State.
Micah holds a Master of Divinity with a concentration in family pastoral care and counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington. Micah has also worked in homeless outreach in south King County, participated in faith-based social services, and is active in community engagement in his local church. As a single father, Micah acknowledges there is a wide variety of family structures, as well as the difficulties and joys families experience.