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University of Washington PEER COUNSELOR (85% FTE, DAYS) in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 234872


Posting Date: 06/10/2024

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: 85% of $3,569 - $5,103 per month

Shift: First Shift

Notes: This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here (


  • 34 hours per week, 85% FTE


  • Model resiliency in overcoming obstacles common to those with mental illness

  • Serve a wide diverse population of clients, all of whom have clear and persistent mental illness

  • Help clients reach goals and provide the support needed to accomplish them PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model demonstrating resiliency in overcoming obstacles and managing their own recovery common to those with serious mental illness and bewilling 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 helpconsumers reach those goals

  • Assist consumers with voicing interests and goals through appropriate channels

  • Assist consumers with their transition from inpatient to outpatient settings

  • Build positive supportive relationships with consumers that help 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

  • Maintain clinical and billing records, submit daily activity reports, and chart consumer contact in the electronic medical record as needed

  • Operate office equipment such as a computer, calculator, and copy/fax machines

  • Order, receive and maintain inventory of materials and supplies for various consumer support services REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS 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).

    ABOUT HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER As the region's only Level I Trauma and verified burn center, Harborview Medical Center is a comprehensive healthcare facility owned by King County and operated by UW Medicine. It is dedicated to providing specialized care for a broad spectrum of patients from throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the most vulnerable residents of King County. It provides exemplary patient care in leading-edge centers of emphasis, including emergency medicine, trauma and burn care, neurosciences, ophthalmology, vascular surgery, HIV/AIDS, rehabilitation, mental health and substance abuse care.

Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region.

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ABOUT UW MEDICINE – WHERE YOUR IMPACT GOES FURTHER UW Medicine is Washington’s only health system that includes a top-rated medical school and an internationally recognized research center. UW Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and other health professionals.

All across UW Medicine, our employees collaborate to perform the highest quality work with integrity and compassion and to create a respectful, welcoming environment where every patient, family, student and colleague is valued and honored. Nearly 29,000 healthcare professionals, researchers, and educators work in the UW Medicine family of organizations that includes: Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Medicine Primary Care, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.