Seattle, WA 
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description
Req #:178098
Job Location: Harborview Medical Center
Posting Date:03/26/2020
Closing Info:Open Until Filled
Salary: $2,965 - $3,935 per month
Union Position:Yes
Shift:First Shift
Notes:As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position,
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

    High school graduation or equivalent and two years' experience in a behavioral health organization or consumer/peer run organization; or equivalent education/experience.
    Peer Counselor Certification (Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery) OR Community Health Worker Certification (Department of Health)
    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).

    May need a Washington State Drivers License
    May need to obtain and maintain a Food Handler's Permit

    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
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in , and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or .


    Job Summary
    Start Date
    As soon as possible
    Employment Term and Type
    Regular, Full Time
    Salary and Benefits
    $2,965 - $3,935 per month 
    Required Education
    High School or Equivalent
    Required Experience
    2+ years
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