Part Time 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 clients who have a mental illness and chemical dependency are who are homeless. Supports and provides direct therapeutic services with supervision of therapist/case manager. Also provides services to adults who require additional supervision in lieu of hospitalization; or to maintain success at home, in school or in social activities.
- 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 school or 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,
- 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.
- 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 Mental Health, Attn: Alexis Owens, Job #17-220, 1600 E. Olive St., Seattle, WA 98122, or fax to (206) 302-2210, or e-mail to