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.
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.
- 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, SMH 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 SMH
- Synthesize and demonstrate recovery concepts in my work at SMH
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.
- 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, 6400 Southcenter Blvd, Tukwila WA 98188, or fax to (206) 302-2210, or e-mail to