This announcement replaces VIN
866206. This position is temporary, not to exceed one year, pending certification. Upon certification, selectee will
be eligible for conversion to permanent position.
This is an open continuous announcement. Applications will be reviewed as positions become available.
VA Puget Sound Health Care System is looking for a qualified Peer Support Apprentice, this is a
developmental position. A Peer Support Apprentice will work as a part of an
interdisciplinary team member, assisting physicians and other
professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation treatment program,
performing a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks that include assisting
their peers in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing
new skills, helping them monitor their progress, assisting them in their
treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based
on the specialists own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating
for themselves to obtain effective services. Functions as a role model,
exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills; serves as
a consumer advocate, provides consumer information and peer support for
veterans in outpatient and inpatient settings. Participates in the service,
training, consultative and other professional activities of rehabilitation
treatment program and functions as a full professional member of the
multidisciplinary team. Serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating
for any effective recovery based services that will aid the veteran in daily
living. Orients veterans new to the programs in which they work about the
services, hours, locations, staff and other pertinent information necessary for
the veteran to understand the program and how to utilize it. Assists veterans
to articulate their personal goals for recovery through the use of one-to-one
and group sessions; assists veteran to develop and implement a personal
personal recovery experience, the incumbent will:
-Teach and role model the value of every individuals
-Assist the veteran in exploring options for obtaining
decent and affordable housing of his/her choice in the most integrated,
independent and least intrusive or restrictive environment, by making referrals
to appropriate VA housing programs. Model effective coping techniques and
-Assist in obtaining services that suit the individuals
-Inform veterans about community and mutual supports and
how to use these in the recovery process. Community resources may include but
are not limited to consumer-run self-help and mutual support services, social
security office, Department of Family and Children Services, local YMCA,
library, restaurants, veterans service organizational, apartment complexes and
other types of housing, etc.
- Assist veterans in
developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy. This
will be accomplished through regular meetings, individual or group sessions
through the use of role playing/modeling techniques.
-Serve as liaison with community-based consumer-run
and/or consumer-supportive organizations to develop and/or foster veterans
community integration and development of natural supports and self-reliance
-Provide support of veterans vocational choices and
assist them in choosing a job that matches their strengths, overcoming
job-related anxiety by reviewing job applications, and providing interview tips
and practice sessions.
-Assist veterans in building social skills in the
community that will enhance job acquisition and tenure using such techniques as
-Perform other duties as
Work Schedule: Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday, Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm & Wednesday 11:30am - 8:00pm.
Position Description: Peer Support Apprentice,
and/or incentives have not been authorized.
1. This is a bargaining unit position.
2. Internal VA employees will receive first consideration.