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 (Full-Time, Days, First-Shift) PEER SUPPORT COUNSELOR.
Under general supervision, the Peer Support Specialist is an individual who self-identifies as a consumer of mental health services and is well grounded in their own recovery. They model resiliency in overcoming obstacles common to those with 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 units and assist individuals in the transition from inpatient to outpatient settings.
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 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 and assisting them with their transition from inpatient to outpatient settings.
Build positive supportive relationships with consumers that helps promote hope, choice, wellness and recovery. Provide one-to-one support during and after hospitalization. Lead and/or co-lead self-help support and education groups.
Assist consumers with identifying and linking to community-based services and supports (primary care, mental health and/or substance abuse treatment, housing and employment resources, consumer support and self-help groups, etc.)
Provide assistance with applying for and securing financial benefits.
Assist consumers to understand the effects of psychiatric medications, and with filling prescriptions after discharge.
Work in conjunction with all inpatient and outpatient programs as part of the consumer’s treatment team.
Coordinate with inpatient treatment units to faciliate discharge planning and develop and implement individualized transition plans with each participant.
Assist consumers in their recovery by teaching independent living skills such as shopping, budgeting, meal preparation, accessing public transportation (including accompanying consumers to appointments) and establishing/maintaining community based natural supports.
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.
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.
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).
DEPARTMENT 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.
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.