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Certified Youth Peer Specialist

Company: Comprehensive Mental Health Center
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: January 12, 2021

Job Description:

Function: Provide peer support to residents assisting them to successfully engage in treatment. Youth Peer Specialist draws upon personal and professional life experiences to establish credibility, infuse hope for a better future, demonstrate acceptance and assist with problem solving. The role also serves as a "values speaker," specifically, but not limited to providing a consumer perspective in the routine operations and development of the program. The Youth Peer Specialist may provide consultation and training for staff and others to increase awareness and improve the effectiveness of partnerships to meet the needs of consumers and participate in program and community meetings to maximize consumer voice, choice and involvement throughout the service delivery process. The Youth Peer Specialist serves as a role model for clients by sharing own recovery process and teaching effective coping techniques and self-help strategies. Serves as a member of the organization that welcomes, engages, and serves individuals with complex wellness needs.Responsibilities:* Assist new residents during orientation period. Learn the resident's story, culture, strengths, and concerns.* Conduct individual and group sessions to support residents in progressing toward individual and program goals.* Assist residents in articulating personal goals and developing necessary skills to reach those goals.* Assist residents in working with their treatment team in determining and following the steps necessary to develop skills to achieve identified goals.* Teach clients how to identify and combat negative self-talk and how to identify and overcome fears by using identified literature, media, etc.* Engage consumers in activities designed to teach individual living, coping and communication skills.* Serve as a bridge to ensure that residents, parents and providers understand each other's perspective and information. Consult with staff and treatment teams regarding resident perspective.* Support and provide therapeutic interventions with clients as identified by team. Coordinate work with staff.* Demonstrate knowledge and experience applying principles of mental health peer support. Maintain personal and professional boundaries with residents.* Demonstrate competency in personal recovery.* Co-lead and facilitate Youth Advisory Council meetings.* Participate in ongoing, various training as resources are available.* Maintain records and generate reports as needed.* Ensure safety of residents through adherence to treatment program procedures.* Interact professionally, cooperatively, and promptly with other team members in routine and crisis situations.* Work with team members to create and contribute to a positive learning environment for all.* Document all accidents, special treatment interventions/procedures, and extraordinary events.* Report unsafe conditions and needed repairs to the Shift Supervisor and/or Safety Officer.* Actively seek and schedule clinical supervision and trainings.* Utilize the chain of command to resolve conflicts effectively.* Ensure that ethical and professional standards of practice are maintained.* Annual flu shot verification and willing to follow other measures as directed by Infection Control Manager.* In addition to the above, perform other duties as assigned.Competencies: * Works harmoniously with others to get a job done; responds positively to instructions and procedures; coordinates own work with others. Writes and speaks effectively; listens well during meetings and feedback sessions; asks questions to ensure understanding* Understands, encourages, and carries out the principles of integrated safety management, completes all required safety trainings and takes personal responsibility for safety. * Has a basic understanding of child development and mental health issues. Shows compassion and empathy for the feelings/needs of others. Is able to control and moderate their own emotions when working with residents.* Ensures that charting and progress notes on care of clinical and behavioral observations of residents are submitted and completed correctly, and in a timely manner. * Promote whole health care as a key to people's recovery and quality of life.Qualifications:* Self-identified consumer of intensive mental health services as a youth with sufficient recovery to provide peer support services to clients.* Successfully complete specialized training and maintain state certification as Youth Peer Counselor.* Maintain registration as a counselor under chapter RCW 18.19.* Current, valid Washington State driver license and automobile insurance and safe driving record.* Willingness to meet other employment related requirements as specified by CLR.* Computer skills desirable.* Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.CLR is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Women, ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, Vietnam Era Veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply.

Keywords: Comprehensive Mental Health Center, Tacoma , Certified Youth Peer Specialist, Other , Tacoma, Washington

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