• MFM Peer Counselors

    Job Locations US-WA-Vancouver
    Posted Date 8 months ago(12/13/2018 7:48 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Foster Care
  • Overview

    MFM Peer Counselors (pending certification) are youth with a recent personal history who have experienced foster care placement and behavioral health, child welfare, complex medical coordination or juvenile justice services who use that personal experience in building support with youth and their foster and/or birth families.  Peer Counselors collaborate, provide support and help facilitate services for youth and their families receiving foster care and behavioral health services.  Working as a member of a team, the Peer Counselor helps a youth voice their own perspective and assure that other team members are able to understand their perspective and use that perspective in treatment planning.  This position helps youth, parents and families achieve confidence in their abilities to team on a recovery journey and maintain hope for their success after formal behavioral health services have been completed.  Successful applicants must have first person experience in accessing foster care system services and be prepared to disclose their personal experiences with youth, parents and others. 


    • Work directly with youth who are placed in a MFM constellation, supporting clinical planning, placement activities and placement support in the MFM FBH constellation, using their story to support the youth’s journey toward permanency.
    • Crisis Response Support to youth and families served by a clinical team, with flexible on-call service availability 24/5 with a weekend rotation. This position under the supervision of a clinical supervisor, requires the skills and abilities to assess safety and risk 'in the moment' in crisis situations while providing direct therapeutic crisis assistance in a home or community to support to youth and families.
    • Provide direct support to the treatment team assessing and engaging the child/youth and family in safety planning and prevention activities.  Working with the treatment team for high-risk, clinically complex circumstances, team will determine the most appropriate safety crisis and treatment responses and utilize a Peer to support youth and family engagement in service planning to address those safety, crisis and treatment needs.
    • Participate in child and family teams and in the assessment process with referred youth and parents. Relate personal experience to assist in building trust with the family and increasing hopeful engagement in services.
    • Assess and review the youth and parent’s ability to communicate their position, preferences, strengths and needs.  Find ways to relate personal experience to the to the experience of the youth or parent
    • Review personal history receiving services and disclose common elements to youth and parent being served.  Reassure and communicate the recovery process to youth and parents, that “they are not in this alone.”
    • Reach agreement with youth and parents about their functional strengths, passions and activities that will contribute to their healing and support.  Assist in communicating that clinical information to the treatment team and through session documentation to Medicaid funders. 


    • Non-professional personal experience as a youth recipient of foster care placement services within the past 10 years.
    • High school diploma/GED.
    • Age 21 or older per DSHS requirements.
    • Must complete peer counselor certification through DBHR within 6 months of being hired.
    • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and automobile insurance.
    • Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy (required to provide current driving abstract).


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