Certified Peer Counselor – Homeless Services Tukwila, WA

Peer Specialists

posted on February 21, 2019

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Part time position, with part time benefits (Tukwila). 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.

The Peer Specialist works with adult and senior clients who have a mental illness and chemical dependency are who are in supportive housing. Supports and provides direct therapeutic services with supervision of therapist/case manager.  Also provides services to adults and seniors who require additional supervision in lieu of hospitalization; or to maintain success at home or in social activities.

We offer a competitive benefits package to all part-time team members including Medical & Dental Insurance: Premium pro-rated by Sound for team-member coverage and child until the child’s 26th birthday, 401K, 3 weeks of Vacation (pro-rated), 11 Paid Holidays (pro-rated), and Life Insurance.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for assisting therapist/case manager in assessment, development and implementing individual therapeutic and behavioral programs for consumers, i.e.:
    • crisis intervention,
    • individual and/or group treatment with staff supervision,
    • co-supervision of clients in homes,
    • socialization and recreational experiences,
    • culturally relevant experiences,
    • assistance in implementing behavior modification programs,
    • advocacy in treatment and support,
    • attendance of TTA supervision and staffing meetings,
    • assist in developing treatment plans,
    • complete required paperwork,
    • crisis stabilization (including suicide watch, monitoring risk).
  • Provide case management and clinical services to clients in coordination with therapist/case manager.
  • Provide WRAP facilitation to clients, as appropriate
  • Advocate for clients, coordinate and refer for services with other community agencies.
  • Maintain working relationships with community and government agencies, other professionals, family members of clients and significant others.
  • Complete all documentation in timely manner.
  • Meet agency productivity standards.
  • Participate in staff meetings, individual supervision and assigned committees, as required.
  • Participate in continuing education on an annual basis.
  • Provide consultation/education services to other organizations as appropriate.
  • Maintain ethical and competent client and peer relationships in the delivery of service.
  • Relate to others in a professional manner, respectful of individual and cultural differences.
  • Comply with all applicable federal, state and county laws and regulations, Sounds policies and procedures and all safety regulations.
  • Perform other duties as needed and/or assigned.
  • Understand recovery concepts in behavioral health
  • Apply recovery concepts, as appropriate to my work at Sound.
  • Synthesize and demonstrate recovery concepts in my work at Sound.

Skills:

It is essential that the applicant has an ability and desire to learn and work with:

  • a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems in adults and seniors,
  • the presenting problems of the entire family unit,
  • effective communication with collateral agencies having contact with the consumer, and
  • ethnic minority and low-income families as well as knowledge and awareness of cultural relevancy and issues.
  • The complexity of multiple problems often presented necessitates an eclectic treatment model.  The ability to understand family systems and to implement behavior management approaches is essential.  A thorough knowledge of human development (cognitive, emotional, and physical) is recommended.
  • Knowledge of cultural relevancy and experience working with low-income families as well as the ability to work well under supervision and on a team is required.

Qualifications:

  • Peer Support Specialist: 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, computer proficiency and/or Certified Peer Counselor preferred.

 

Salary = DOQ.

Send letter of interest, resume and salary history to: Sound, Attn: Alexis Owens, Job #18-334, 6400 Southcenter Blvd, Tukwila WA 98188, or fax to (206) 302-2210, or e-mail to