YMCA of Greater Seattle

Peer Support Specialist I, CCORS Parent Partner

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3/9/2020 2:04 PM)
ID
2020-10120
Type
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
1
Location
Accelerator YMCA - Alive and Free
Category
Behavioral Health
Address
3401 Rainier Ave. South

Overview

Job Summary

Provides culturally competent, evidence and strength-based peer support and parenting skills coaching to parents to decrease crisis and increase in-home stabilization. Parent or Caregiver of children/youth (ages 2-20) with developmental/intellectual/medical disabilities. Identifies parenting resources and supports and teaches parents the skills to effectively navigate resources in order to meet priority needs. Collaborates effectively with co-workers, supervisors and outside professionals to meet crisis prevention plan and action plan goals. Helps engage families in the Wraparound Team process. Supports the parents and acts as a bridge between the family and system representatives.

 

 

This position is at Accelerator Y, the social services branch of YGS. The mission of Accelerator Y is to accelerate young people’s ability to build safe, successful and happy lives. Every year, we serve 5,000 children, youth, young adults, and families across King County with programs that aim to strengthen young people’s ability to develop to their fullest potential through four strategies: reducing risk factors; navigating systems towards successful life transition; ensuring stability, safety and wellness in times of crisis; and building competencies and social capital. Accelerator Y’s programs include housing, behavioral health, foster care licensing, violence prevention, education, and employment. Many of the young people we serve have had involvement in the foster care, criminal justice system, and/or homelessness systems.

 

Responsibilities

  1. Provides immediate and scheduled crisis outreach services to families in King County and additional coverage as needed.
  2. Share personal experience with families we serve, as well teaming with other professionals to support the family
  3. On-call shifts once per week of 6 hours in duration, and additional weekend on-call shifts every seven weeks Flexes schedule to include evenings and weekends to meet the needs of families.
  4. Provides culturally competent, evidence and strength-based peer support and parenting skills coaching to parents to decrease crisis and increase in-home stabilization.
  5. Identifies parenting resources and supports and teaches parents the skills to effectively navigate resources.
  6. Collaborates effectively with co-workers, supervisors and outside professionals to meet action plan goals.
  7. Uses triage, supervision and case consultation effectively to ensure best services for children and families.
  8. Transports parents/families to appointments, meetings, or other locations as needed to support the action plan and linkage to community resources.
  9. Works with families to build their own "Child & Family Team". Attends wrap around and other team meetings to support parents and ensure that their voice is heard. Acts as a role model for effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.
  10. Maintains a working knowledge of current trends and developments in mental health.
  11. Completes required documentation within program deadlines. Reports all critical incidents and adheres to YMCA program rules and procedures.

Qualifications

  1. Personal experience as a parent who has sought and received assistance from community mental health and/or school systems for their own child or youth who experienced emotional and/or behavioral problems.
  2. Trained in and familiar with recovery model to assist families and youth focus on strengths, gain client voice and partner with their clinical teams.
  3. Experience serving families of children and youth with emotional or behavioral problems, developmental delays, substance abuse history or other challenges.
  4. Knowledge of Positive Behavior Support model preferred.
  5. Ability to work collaboratively with a small specialized team who is focused on stabilizing crisis as it relates to a disability.
  6. Demonstrated ability to engage families in a structured process to verbalize needs, develop individualized plans, facilitate recovery, and transition to reliance on natural supports.
  7. Knowledge of community services and resources including: parent support groups, mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, special education programs, etc.
  8. Experience with crisis de-escalation and crisis stabilization practices.
  9. WA State Peer Counselor Certification preferred and required within one year of employment.
  10. Ability to work flexible hours as needed, including evenings and weekends.
  11. Ability to transport self and youth in a safe and effective manner, and to meet youth and families at their home or in the community. (Proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage is required.)
  12. Knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations and ability to speak another language in addition to English strongly preferred.
  13. Current State-approved first aid certification, state-approved CPR certification, BBP (HIV/AIDS) training certification.*
  14. TB test by the Mantoux method. **
  15. Washington State Agency Affiliated Counseling Credential. ***

*       Within 30 days of employment or first available training.

**     Within 30 days of employment.

 

You'll be a great fit for the Seattle Y if you:

  • Thrive on working in a collaborative environment
  • Are very adaptable
  • Have high ownership and strong work ethic
  • Are a great problem solver who can think on your feet
  • Truly enjoy being of service to people
  • Like being part of a team that cares about one another as people and enjoy working together
  • Want to know that the work you do contributes to building a better, stronger community for all

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment. 

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. 

 

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.

 

Stabilization, Flexes, behavioral problems, child welfare, juvenile justice, de-escalation, BBP

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