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Peer Wellness Specialist (PWS)

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Milwaukie, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 09/08/2019

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, one of the largest community behavioral health providers in the state of Oregon, delivers whole health care -- integrated mental health and addiction services, primary care and housing -- to support our communities. Our approach is recovery-oriented and trauma-informed. Cascadia hires innovative, compassionate and dedicated staff who are aligned with trauma-informed care and who are committed to working effectively with diverse community populations, and who are expected to strengthen such capacity if hired.

This is a part-time position (16 hours/week) located at one of Cascadia's outpatient Health Centers in Milwaukie, OR. The schedule is Monday (9:00am - 1:00pm), Tuesday & Wednesday (1:00pm - 5:00pm), and Thursday (9:00am - 1:00pm).

The Peer Wellness Specialist (PWS) will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team to implement and monitor treatment for individuals being served while supporting a Trauma Informed Care perspective. With the high prevalence of trauma among individuals receiving mental health services, it is required the PWS understand the effects of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of the lives of those we serve. In addition, this position involves participation and implementation of program goals and objectives by providing a set of non-clinical activities that will promote a strengths-based, wellness-informed, client centered approach to assisting individuals being served in achieving person-driven goals. The PWS will advocate for the individual and support them to pursue their personal goals and individual wellness journey. As such, the structure and activities promote client driven goals established on the service plan.

- A completed Peer Wellness Training approved by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
- A Traditional Healthcare Worker (THW) certification is required in addition and must be kept current and in compliance with the OAR's.

- Position requires experience as a former or current user of mental health services.
- Must self-disclose as a current or former user of behavioral health services and must have personal experience with recovery.
- Some work experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental health challenges is preferred.

Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Operate computer hardware and software (including Electronic Health Record software) at a level needed to effectively perform job functions
- Enter and retrieve data
- Prepare simple reports and progress notes

Must possess a valid driver's license, three year driving history; clean driving record, ability to pass Driver Motor Vehicle (DMV) check and complete the Cascadia online Defensive Driving course.

Physical Abilities:
- Regular sitting, Standing, walking, and Keyboarding
- Occasionally stooping, lifting 20 to 50 lbs, climbing (stairs), crouching, reaching, and running
- Constant visual and auditory

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