This member of the Adult Services Team has experience as a recipient of mental health service for severe and persistent mental illness and is willing to share his or her personal, practical experience, knowledge, and first-hand insight to benefit the team and its clients. The Peer Specialist functions to provide expertise about the recovery process, symptom management, and the persistence required to encourage clients to have a satisfying life. He or she collaborates to promote a team culture that recognizes, understands, and respects each client's point of view, experiences and preferences. He or she is responsible to maximize client choice, self determination and decision making in the planning, delivery and evaluation of treatment, rehabilitation and support services. Provides peer counseling during client contact; carries out rehabilitation and support functions and assists in treatment, education and crisis intervention under the clinical supervision of staff with professional degrees.
RESPONSIBLE TO: Program Manager
The Peer Specialist has successfully completed the Washington State Peer Specialist Certification class and has been provided with a documentation of this completion. A high school diploma is required and two years of paid or volunteer work experience with adults with severe and persistent mental illness is highly desired. The Peer Specialist, who is or has been a recipient of mental health services for severe an persistent mental illness, should have self-knowledge to manage their mental illness and be well along in their recovery. Must have a strong commitment to the right and the ability of each person with a severe and persistent mental illness to live in normal community residences; work in market jobs; and have access to helpful, adequate, competent and continuous supports and services. It is essential that the Peer Specialist has the skills and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with persons with severe and persistent mental illness and respect for client's rights and personal preferences in treatment is essential. Must obtain a current Counselor Registration for the State of Washington.
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