6625 S 190th St
Parent Partner Peer Support Provider
Guided Pathways Support
About GPS for Youth & Families
Guided Pathways-Support for Youth and Families (GPS) is a family support organization serving the communities of King County. GPS was founded in 2012 with sponsorship of the King County Mental Health and Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division (MHCADSD). Our mission is:
We are families helping families. We empower and support families and youth struggling with behavioral, emotional or substance abuse challenges in navigating resources to achieve wellness and resilience.
GPS offers parent peer-support, education, training and advocacy for families and youth in King County.
A Parent Partner empowers families caring for children with behavioral, mental health, substance abuse and other challenges by providing individualized, strength-based support, education, coaching, information, and resource referrals in the context of a child and family team. The incumbent will provide one-to-one peer counseling, support and referrals drawing on their own experience having a child or youth who has been served by service systems. He/she will possess the ability to articulate and model lessons learned from lived experiences. The Parent Partner provides support and advocacy to parents and caregivers to ensure that family voice is heard throughout the County system of care; acts as a role model for parents and caregivers in interacting with community providers and agencies. He/she will help parent find time and space for their own journey of personal recovery and acceptance for the grief they may experience as a result of their child’s special needs. The incumbent will focus on linking children and families to services and sharing tools with parents to more effectively advocate for their children.
- Provides guidance, coaching, training, support, education, and advocacy to Parent/Caregiver with regard to interacting with their child/youth and networking with community resources and treatment providers to meet youth’s needs.
- Assists Parent/Caregiver in articulating child/youth’s and family’s strength’s, needs and goals to the Care Coordinator and Care Planning Team.
- Engages the Parent/Caregiver in activities in the home and community that are designed to address one or more goals for the child/youth’s care.
- Assists Parent/Caregiver in recognizing the importance of self-care as a vital component of their parenting and helping them connect with support in the area of self-care as well as support in the form of individual, peer/parent support and self-help groups.
- Identifies needs for and attends meetings with families as needed for Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)/school, hospital discharge, treatment team and other meetings and assists families and team members with discharge/transition planning.
- Conducts a minimum of weekly face-to-face home visits with Parent/Caregiver, organizes and co-facilitates peer-to-peer support groups and provides telephone support to Parent/Caregiver.
- Maintains professional boundaries at all times.
- Attends and participates in weekly triage to review families’ progress and action plan.
- Completes weekly progress notes, treatment goals and other required documentation in a timely manner, adhering to the highest professional standards.
- Regularly attends community meetings around the county to build relationships, identify resources, and discover and document unmet needs and gaps in services.
Education – High school diploma or GED required. Parent- peer/Family partner training preferred but not mandatory.
Experience and Qualifications – Lived experience parenting a child or youth with emotional, behavioral (including substance use) or mental health challenges and/or experience with children’s mental health system is essential. One or more years of paid or volunteer experience as a parent partner preferred, including experience working with providers and experience building strong home and school partnerships to meet children’s needs within the school system in King County.
- Experience advocating for self and other parents
- Basic computer proficiency
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Familiarity with schools, special education, children’s administration, juvenile justice and mental health System of Care in King County
- Understanding of state-based child and family laws and policy
- Willingness to attain Washington State peer counselor certification
- Familiarity with 10 principles of the national Wraparound Initiative
- WA State driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance
- Willingness to drive and travel extensively in King County using personal vehicle
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a high functioning team
- Ability to pass background check
Must have reliable transportation: required to travel to attend meetings, activities and programs
Must have an approved criminal background check
Must be able and willing to accommodate flexibility in work schedule, occasional evenings and weekends
Preferred skills – Ability to show empathy and day-to-day practical examples of how a parent will learn to use same skills. Strong listening, engagement and collaboration skills. Boundary-setting, priority-setting, and group management skills. Multi-lingual a plus.
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Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.