Monday, March 23, 2015

Family Preservation - Youth Partner (WA)

Title: Youth Partner
Date Open: 3/23/2015
Date Closed: Until Filled
Department: Family Preservation – Vancouver Reports to: Site Director
Status: Full time position w/benefits FLSA: Non-exempt
Starting Salary/Hourly Rate: $15.89 - $ 17.54 DOE

Program Description:

The Family Preservation System provides an integrated and flexible array of strengths-based therapeutic services and supports to families and children with complex therapeutic needs. Family Preservation Services are delivered primarily in the client’s home or community and are designed to reinforce the strengths of the family to prevent the out-of-home placement of a child or prepare for the return home of a child from out-of-home care. Services focus on empowering the family to effectively use their strengths and abilities to address their needs and challenges with the primary goals of supporting them to become self-sufficient and to strengthen their relationships with community and natural supports that can sustain their long term success.

]Position Description:

Peer Youth Partners are individuals with a recent personal history of receiving mental health, child welfare or juvenile justice services who use that personal experience in building support to youth currently receiving services. The primary focus of the Peer Youth Partner is to build a strong partnership with youth based on mutual respect, shared experience and relatable history. Secondary functions include working collaboratively with other staff including Parent Partners who are providing support, service and intervention to other family members and assuring that other system partners understand the youth’s perspective. This position is not a role model position but a position that builds a positive connection that allows the young person to have support, skill and resources necessary to influence the direction of their own life. Successful applicants must have first person experience receiving system services and be prepared to disclose about their personal experiences with youth and others.

Essential Functions: * Review personal history receiving services and disclose common elements to youth being served. * Identify self as a peer rather than a provider to youth being served. * Find ways to relate personal experience to the experience of the youth as both a connection strategy for the young person and education strategy for other involved with the young person. * Provide supportive connection rather than becoming a change agent focused on correcting youth being served. * Work with young people in home, school and community settings in order to gain an understanding of their situation. * Empower young people to communicate about their own position and perspective while avoiding speaking for them. * Liaison with Family Preservation leadership and staff.

Job Requirements:

* Non-professional personal experience as a recipient of social or community services within the past 10 years.
* Excellent written and oral communication skills * Complete peer counselor certification through DBHR within 6 months of being hired.
* High school diploma/GED. * Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, auto registration and automobile insurance.
* Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy. (required to
provide current driving abstract)
* Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.
* Availability to work flexible hours (evenings, nights, weekends). * Proof of negative TB test within past 12 months.
* Age 21 or older per DSHS requirements.
* Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
* Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.
* Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.

Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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