Certified Peer Counselor - Int. Supp. Hsg *Tukwila*

GENERAL SUMMARY 

Peers who work alongside professional team members provide living proof that recovery is possible. Peers providing a living example of hope for others living with disorders. 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.  The team member should be able to relate effectively with a wide variety of people including members of ethnic and sexual minority populations.

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

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES

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

KEY RELATIONSHIPS

Establishes and maintains positive, ethical, and professional working relationships with all team members, clients, vendors, and other professionals.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • High School Diploma, GED or actively pursuing, required
  • Related experience, preferred.
  • AA degree, computer proficiency preferred.
  • Certified Peer Counselor required.
  • A paraprofessional who is a client of health services (or a parent of a child receiving 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.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS

  • Follow direction from your supervisor and maintain professional boundaries with both clients and team members.
  • 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 clients of mental health services.
  • Relate to others in a professional manner, respectful of individual and cultural differences.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES & REGISTRATIONS

  • Individual must be a Certified Peer Counselor, having completed the training, passed the exam and being in possession of the confirmation letter from DSHS/DBHR. 
  • Must pass a criminal background check. 
  • Must have WA state driver's license and insurable driving record. 
  • Prefer WA State licensure and/or WAC 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

To successfully perform the essential duties of this position, an individual must be able to sit at a desk for six or more hours a day, and use office equipment, including phones and computer keyboards, for six or more hours per day. Individuals must be able to engage vendors, team members, clients and others over the phone and in-person by voice. Regular attendance is an essential function of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to assist individuals with disabilities to perform essential position functions.

LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMER 

The above position description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work performed; it is not intended as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and required skills for the position. Team members will be required to follow any other position-related instructions and to perform other duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State laws. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities necessary to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an ?at-will? basis.

Send letter of interest, resume and salary history to: Recruitment@Sound.Health