Certified Peer Counselor – Adult Services Seattle, WA

Peer Specialists

posted on October 25, 2018


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


  • 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.


  • 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