WISe Peer Partner

ABOUT RYTHER:
Helping children, youth, young adults, and their families find their path to healing and hope is at the core of our work. We can only achieve this by striving for excellence and providing an array of services that are needed and wanted by the community we serve. We are continuing to expand our service array and locations where we provide services, with therapists in more schools and social service agencies. As we expand our services to serve more than 800 children, youth, and young adults each month – regardless of payer, gender identity, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, or place of origin – we do so with the intention that we would want our own families to use these services should they need them. The staff at Ryther are committed to creating and maintaining a culture that is informed and reflective of trauma recovery and racial equity and social justice principles.

ABOUT THE ROLE:

The WISe Peer Partner utilizes their own experiences as a past consumer of mental health services to deliver direct supportive services to youth referred to or receiving wraparound services.  The Youth Partner ensures that youth voice and choice are understood and utilized by other wraparound team members.  Connects youth/families to supports and resources within their community, and engages youth and family in the wraparound process.  Advocates for youth/family needs within the team and community.  Provides services in client homes, schools, or other convenient community locations. 

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Provide peer counseling and support to youth/families, drawing on common experiences to encourage hope and inspire a sense of agency.

  • Promote self-determination, empowerment, personal responsibility for recovery and wellness, and assist youth in advocating for themselves and their families.

  • Engage youth and families in the Wraparound process by sharing personal experience and/or explaining Wraparound process in relation to youth’s identified needs and concerns.

  • Act as a bridge between youth, their families, and system representatives on the team.

  • Assist in creating Care Plans by identifying relevant community resources and developing strategies to utilize and build upon the strengths of the youth and families.

  • Collaborate with the treatment team to promote a culture within which each client’s point of view, experience, and preferences are recognized, understood, and respected, and client decision-making maximized.

  • Assist youth in gaining skills to advocate for themselves when treatment planning and in other system settings.

  • Assist youth/families in identifying existing and building new community and natural supports.

  • Identify opportunities for natural supports to participate in the Wraparound team planning process.

  • Support youth during child and family team meetings.

  • Provide resource referrals and linkages to youth/families and system partners.

  • Assist youth/families in navigating systems to have their needs met.

  • As appropriate, assist youth/families by providing short-term intensive care coordination and facilitating family collaboration with hospitals, CLIP facilities, CCORS, or other crisis providers.

  • Facilitate Wraparound team meetings as needed.

  • Develop a working knowledge of the CANS assessment tool; interpret assessment results for youth/families and incorporate relevant action items into the care planning process.

  • Partner with Child & Family Team, other WISe practitioners (facilitator, therapist), and system of care representatives to promote youth/family involvement on all levels of care, service delivery, and policy development.

  • Attend and participate in clinical consultation, staff meetings, and supervision appointments.

  • Maintain complete and timely clinical documentation, including gathering data in accordance with agency policies and procedures.     

  • Demonstrate a high degree of skill in communication and positive interaction with all Ryther employees, prospective employees, external agencies/companies, and the community at large.

ESSENTIAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Commitment to the Mission, Vision, and Values of the agency.

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required, AA or BA Degree in a Behavioral Science related field preferred.

  • Minimum of 18 years of age.

  • Ability to perform a range of physical motions including but not limited to:

    • lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs.,

    • standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time,

    • kneeling, squatting, and stooping; and

    • running for brief periods of time.

  • Ability to use the senses of sight and hearing to effectively supervise clients.

  • Acceptance of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural, and spiritual practices.  Ability to maintain awareness of culturally relevant issues while interacting with children, families, co-workers, and community members.

  • Lived experience addressing a behavioral health diagnosis required.

  • Understanding of child development, child psychology, and basic understanding of psycho-pharmacology.

  • Awareness of the public mental health system.  Ability to work effectively with individuals with complex needs and multi-system involvement.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Wraparound model.

  • Ability to operate as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team.

  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.

  • Excellent written/verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Flexibility and ability to work a varied schedule including evenings and weekends.

  • Effective computer skills, including but not limited to Microsoft Office & Electronic Health Records.

  • The ability to accommodate a moderate level of stress.  Ability to maintain a positive, solution-focused demeanor when responding to conflicts or problems.

  • The ability to address and resolve conflict in a professional manner.

  • Certified Peer Counselor training or ability to attend and obtain certification within 6 months of hire.

  • Lived experience navigating mental health, juvenile justice, special education, foster care, or developmental disabilities systems. Willingness to share lived experience as a means of providing hope and support to clients in challenging circumstances.

  • Evidence of maintaining stability in their own recovery for at least one year.

  • Experience advocating for and partnering with youth/families of multi-systems involved clients.  

  • Strong knowledge of and experience with crisis planning.