Administrative/Support, Education/Training, Social Work, Staff/Administrative
As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
HMC Mental Health and Addiction Services has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time PEER COUNSELOR/COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER.
Under general supervision, the Peer Support Counselor is an individual who self identifies as a consumer of behavioral health services and is well grounded in their own recovery. They model resiliency in overcoming obstacles. This position will serve a wide diverse population of clients, including individuals experiencing homelessness; they will help persons identify goals that promote recovery and resiliency; and will assist in identifying services and activities to help them reach these goals and provide the support needed to accomplish them. The Peer Support Counselor will be sensitive to the culture, religion, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, and ability of all clients we serve. They will work within trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, and harm reduction modalities.
Serve as a role model demonstrating resiliency in overcoming obstacles common to those with serious mental illness and be willing to share personal lived experience as appropriate
Assist consumers with identifying goals that promote recovery and resiliency and assist practitioners with identifying services and activities to help consumers reach those goals
Assist consumers with voicing interests and goals through appropriate channels
Leads and/or co-leads self-help support and education groups
Work in conjunction with all agency programs as part of the consumer’s treatment team
Assist consumers in their recovery by teaching independent living skills such as shopping, budgeting, meal preparation, accessing public transportation, and establishing/maintaining community based natural supports
Perform outreach services
Attend relevant meetings
Provide coverage for other Peer Support Specialists
Maintain clinical and billing records, submit daily activity reports, and chart consumer contact in the electronic medical record as needed
Establishe and maintain record keeping/filing systems in support of the pre-vocational recycling program and individualized one-to-one support services
Order, receive, and maintain inventory of materials and supplies for various consumer support services
Performs other related duties as required
REQUIREMENTS: High school graduation or equivalent and two years’ experience in a behavioral health organization or consumer/peer run organization; or equivalent education/experience. AND Peer Counselor Certification (Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery) OR Community Health Worker Certification (Department of Health) AND Within 7 days of employment and depending on job requirements: must apply for Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration/License with the State of WA (Dept of Health), and have obtained this credential within 60 days of hire (RCW18.19.210).
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: May need a Washington State Drivers License May need to obtain and maintain a Food Handler’s Permit
DESIRED: Exceptional communication skills: written, oral, and telephone Experience interacting and communicating with a diverse population, using sensitivity, tact, and discretion Demonstrated computer experience and proficiency, preferably in a Windows-based environment Demonstrated history of commitment to continuously improving quality and service Maintains the highest standards of confidentiality, professionalism, and ethical conduct Demonstrates independent judgment and decision making skills and appropriately prioritizes and handles multiple tasks
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.