• The Eugenia Center
  • Chehalis, WA
  • Miscellaneous
  • Part-Time
  • 135 Goff Rd

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Why work for us?

Eugenia Center is proud to announce our newest endeavor to bring mental health evidence-based practices and affordable treatment to Lewis County. Eugenia is focused on bringing solutions for change to a better life and are looking for people committed to making a difference in our community. We offer a supportive work environment with an emphasis on work/life balance. Eugenia offers a generous vacation and holiday package with possibility of a pay increase within 6 months and again at 1 year. We also have funding for training/CEU's and can provide free supervision towards licensure. If you want to help people make positive changes and grow within your career, then we want to hear from you!

Position Role Summary:

The Peer Support Specialist is an active member of the Eugenia Behavioral Health Center Team. For this position, we are requiring the successful candidate to already have completed the Peer specialist training and have a Peer Specialist Certification.

This candidate will provide peer support services to clients while under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor. The Peer Support Specialist will function as a role model to peers; exhibit competency in personal recovery and use or coping skills; serve as a consumer advocate, providing consumer information and peer support to clients in outpatient SUD or MH services at Eugenia Center.

Summary of the Essential Duties:

  • Assist clients in articulating personal goals for recovery with individual and group sessions. During these sessions, the Peer Support Specialist will support clients in identifying and creating goals and develop recovery plans with the skills, strengths, and support resources to aid them in achieving those goals.
  • Assist clients in working with their case manager or counselor in determining the steps he/she must take in order to achieve their goals.
  • Assist clients in setting up and sustaining self-help (mutual support) groups, as well as helping them locate and join existing groups.
  • Utilize tools such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan to assist client in creating their own individual wellness and recovery plan.
  • Independently or with periodic assistance of higher graded treatment team members, utilize and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and groups; discussions will be utilized where clients will share common problems in daily living and methods they have employed to manage and cope with these problems. As one who has availed themselves to mental health services, the Peer Support Specialist will share their own experiences and what skills, strengths, supports and resources they use. As much as possible, the Peer Support Specialist will share their own recovery story and as the facilitator of these sessions, will demonstrate how they have directed their own recovery.
  • Use ongoing individual and group sessions to teach clients how to identify and combat negative self-talk and how to identify and overcome fears by providing a forum, which allows group members and Peer Support Specialist to share their experiences.
  • Support clients' vocational choices and assist them in choosing a job that matches their strengths, overcoming job-related anxiety by reviewing job applications, and providing interview tips.
  • Assist clients in building social skills in the community that will enhance job acquisition and tenure.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Knowledge Required by the Position:

  • Knowledge of the Recovery process and the ability to facilitate recovery using established standardized mental health processes.
  • Knowledge and skill to teach and engage in basic problem solving strategies to support individual clients in self-directed recovery.
  • Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of mental illness (i.e. auditory and visual hallucinations, aggressive talk and behavior, thoughts of self-harm or harm towards others, isolation) and the ability to assist the client to address symptoms using strategies such as positive self-talk.
  • Knowledge and skill sufficient to use community resources necessary for independent living and ability to teach those skills to other individuals with severe mental illness. The PS may accompany clients to community resources to assist them in accessing these resources.
  • Knowledge of how to establish and sustain self-help (mutual support) and educational groups by soliciting input from the mental health consumers on their strengths and interests.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • Washington State Peer Specialist Certification.
  • Experiences associated with individuals of mental health and/or substance use disorder, and has been in recovery for at least one year.
  • Enthusiasm for peer support and the belief that recovery is possible.
  • Ability to form trusting and reciprocal relationships.
  • Proficient in computer use and applications commonly used or applied in this field/trade/position for the development of reports, documents, presentations and access/utilize databases for care management and Microsoft Office software.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license. Pass and maintain a clear background record as required for healthcare organization under state and federal contracts.

Part-time Work Hours:

Friday through Sunday- 24 hours a week.

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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