Certified Peer Counselor – Adult Services Seattle, WA

Peer Specialists

posted on October 25, 2018

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Part time position, with part time benefits (Seattle). Peers who work alongside professional staff provide living proof that recovery is possible. Peers providing a living example of hope for others living with mental illness. Peers’ personal experiences can be a valuable asset to the clinical team. When they add their first-person knowledge and their stories of recovery top the service mix, services are enhanced and extended, as well as infused with hope and self-determination.

Peer specialists provide flexible services that are customized to the needs of the individual and that allow the peer to act as a role model of recovery.  Peer specialists assist professionals in the delivery of conventional mental health services and a complementary service model built on principles of mutuality, empowerment, and informality.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in developing and implementing the recovery plan, including identifying life goals and the steps needed to achieve them.
  • Identify services and activities that promote recovery and resilience.
  • Support consumers and families in making their own choices and taking responsibility for their own recovery.
  • Assist consumers in building self advocacy skills.
  • Assist consumers with navigating the mental health and other systems.
  • Assist consumers in developing coping skills.
  • Assist consumers in building and maintaining community living skills and accessing community resources.
  • Assist consumers with finding and retaining employment, education, and volunteer work.
  • Assist consumers with finding other meaningful activities that promote a sense of purpose, structure, and inclusion in the community.
  • Assist consumers to identify strengths, recognize successes, and build hope.
  • Assist in reducing the sense of isolation and helplessness that consumers and families often feel.
  • Articulate their own recovery and resilience stories in ways that are relevant to the obstacles faced by consumers of mental health services.
  • Utilize recovery tools and resources in the delivery of services.
  • Facilitation of WRAP classes and individual plan development

Skills:

  • Follow supervisory instruction and maintain professional boundaries with both consumers and staff.
  • Use personal experience to build empathy and rapport.
  • Able to provide emotional support and encouragement
  • Be validating, provide information, and provide emotional support and encouragement.
  • Understand dual relationships and role conflicts.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Know when to seek consultation and supervision within the scope of their training.
  • Articulate their own recovery and resilience stories in ways that are relevant to the obstacles faced by consumers of mental health services.
  • Relate to others in a professional manner, respectful of individual and cultural differences.

Qualifications:

  • A paraprofessional who is a consumer of mental health services (or a parent of a child receiving mental health services) who receives training and supervision by a mental health professional, and provides support to peers all according to the King County Standards for Peer Support Services.
  • Related experience required.  AA degree
  • State Certified Peer Specialist Training Program credential is preferred.

Salary = DOQ.

Send letter of interest, resume and salary history to: Sound, Attn: Alexis Owens, Job #18-199, 6400 Southcenter Blvd, Tukwila WA 98188, or fax to (206) 302-2210, or e-mail to