As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center 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. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region.
Harborview Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time (75% FTE / 30 hours/week), day shift, PEER SUPPORT COUNSELOR.
Under general supervision, the Peer Support Specialist is an individual who self-identifies as a person who has experiences a serious mental illness and/or addiction issue and is well grounded in their own recovery. They model resiliency in overcoming obstacles common to those experiencing mental illness. This position will serve a wide diverse population of clients, all of whom have clear and persistent mental illness; they will help persons with mental illness 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. This particular position will be based on inpatient psychiatric units and assist individuals prepare to transition from inpatient to outpatient settings utilizing groups and individual peer support.
Serve as a role model demonstrating resiliency in overcoming obstacles and managing their own recovery common to those with serious mental illness and be willing to share personal lived experience as appropriate. Assist patients with identifying goals that promote recovery and resiliency and assist practioners with identifying services and activities to help patients reach those goals.
Build positive supportive relationships with patients that helps promote hope, choice, wellness and recovery. Provide one-to-one support during hospitalization. Lead and/or co-lead self-help support and education groups.
Work closely with the inpatient staff to connect patients to the Peer Bridger Program, explain the program to patients and provide occasional backup for Peer Bridger Staff (this may include working with patients in the community).
Introduce patients to HMHAS outpatient programs as needed.
Work in conjunction with all inpatient and outpatient programs as part of the consumer’s treatment team.
Attend relevant meetings as assigned. Provide coverage for other Peer Support Specialists as needed. Maintain clinical records and chart consumer contact in the electronic medical record.
Establish and maintain record keeping/filing systems in support of individualized one-to-one services. Operate office equipment such as computer, calculator, and copy/fax machines. Order, receive and maintain inventory of materials and supplies for various consumer support services.
Perform other related duties as required.
High school graduation or equivalent, AND two years of full-time clerical experience OR equivalent education/experience.
DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
Must obtain an Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration with the State of Washington.
Must obtain a Peer Support Specialist Certification issued by the Mental Health Division as specified in WAC 388-865-0107 within the first 6 months of employment.
May need a Washington State Drivers License.
May need to obtain and maintain a Food Handler’s Permit.
Training and experience leading recovery groups such as WRAP, IMR, etc.
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.