WISe Youth Advocate

Youth Advocate - Child & Family Services

As a Youth Advocate , you will support youth and families that have serious emotional disturbance in identifying goals that promote recovery and resiliency. Youth Advocate will also partner with youth, parents, and providers in advocating for children with complex behavioral and emotional challenges.

Go home every day knowing your efforts helped directly serve your community and neighbors!

BENEFITS
  • Comprehensive and generous health, dental and vision benefits
  • 19+ days of PTO and 8 paid holidays your first year
  • An incredible team approach that is dynamic and collaborative
  • Loan Forgiveness, training, and extensive education available
  • Multiple locations and opportunities close to home
  • Free Employee Assistance Program and parking


WHAT YOULL DO
  • Providing peer counseling and support, drawing on common experiences as a peer to youth by encouraging them to regain hope in and control over their own lives and family environment. Promote self-determination, empowerment, personal responsibility for recovery and wellness, and assist youth and parents/caregivers to advocate for themselves and their families. Provide information about wraparound services, processes, and procedures including the Youth Advocate role to assist them to successfully engage.
  • Partner with WISe team clinicians and other members of the family team in creating wellness plans that empower clients to reach life goals. Collaborate with the treatment team to promote a team culture in which each client's point of view, experiences, and preferences are recognized, understood, and respected and in which client decision making in treatment planning is maximized and supported.
  • Assist families in gaining skills having their voices heard in treatment and other system settings.
  • Participate in Child and Family Team (CFT) meetings to ensure access, voice, and choice within the wraparound process and to support the familys connection to the CFT members as necessary. Support additional meetings as needed including Kitsap Shared Resources, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) conferences, Kitsap County Court proceedings, and Family Team Decision Making (FTDM) meetings with Washington State Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS).
  • Assist the Care Coordinator in developing a self-directed recovery action plan using wraparound principles. Work to identify individual strengths of members, advocate for members to participate in their own support plan. Assist family members in identifying barriers to achieving the support plan.
  • Maintain certification as a Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessor and administer this screening in person and over the phone as necessary to clients, caregivers, clinicians, social workers, and other community members.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to support the WISe team and agency.


Qualifications

WHAT YOULL BRING
  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Must be a self-identified past consumer of mental health services and/or involvement with a mental health system.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age. Completion of the Washington State Mental Health Divisions Peer Counselor Training and the subsequent certification as a Peer Counselor within six months of employment.
  • Reliable transportation required


We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, marital status, age, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability