PCAP RESEARCH CONSULTANT
University of Washington Medical Center - Seattle, WA

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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences pursues a balanced commitment to knowledge discovery, teaching excellence, and high-quality clinical care by capitalizing on the resources of our vibrant academic and regional community. Our psychiatry residency and psychology internship programs, specialty fellowship programs, and post-doctoral research fellowships attract exceptionally talented individuals who are among the most academically competitive applicants in the country. The scale and diversity of our faculty and clinical sites, coupled with the richness of the UW academic community, the emphasis on evidenced based treatments, and the culture of scientific inquiry allows us to provide comprehensive, leading-edge clinical and research training experiences.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit and the Center on Human Development and Disability have joined together to form the Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) . This is a paraprofessional intervention program for high-risk women and their families.

PCAP currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Consultant . This individual will be responsible for providing direct outreach, home visitation case management, and advocacy services to high-risk mothers who have used alcohol and/or drugs heavily during pregnancy, and to their children, partners, and extended families when needed.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Perform case management activities according to PCAP policies and procedures, in a highly confidential and professional manner for approximately 15-20 clients and their families.
  • Conduct home visits as clinically necessary (approximately twice per month).
  • Assist clients in setting goals based on their individual needs assessments, and in identifying steps to achieve their goals.
  • Monitor progress.
  • Work effectively and efficiently in the field with little supervision, with the ability to manage time effectively and prioritize and problem solve in crisis situations.
  • Identify high-quality community providers and agencies whose services are relevant to client needs.
  • Provide outreach services to engage and connect clients with the community agencies that will help meet their needs and goals.
  • Coordinate scheduling and attend case staffings and appointments with community providers with whom client is involved.
  • Maintain regular contact with client’s network of service providers.
  • Provide housing support/ case management services and documentation as required for housing subcontracts and working agreements.
  • Provide outreach services to locate missing clients and engage them with the program.
  • Administer clinical assessment instruments dealing with highly sensitive and confidential information, according to PCAP policies and procedures.
  • Collect and enter data online.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings with team to evaluate client and program progress. Teamwork is essential.
  • Attend and participate in individual supervision at least twice monthly with site Clinical Director to discuss client needs, goals and issues.
  • Participate in required training.
  • Participate in training new advocates in PCAP protocols.
  • Delegate support work to office assistants.
  • Obtain and maintain current CPR, Infant CPR, and First Aid Certification.
  • Contribute to report writing, trainings, and presentations as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our benefits website .

Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Social or Human Services, and two years of community-based experience on issues/projects working with prenatal substance abuse or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

  • Strong communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with high-risk mothers and their families.
  • Ability to conduct interviews covering extremely sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and be able to travel on a daily basis.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Desired:
Individuals with life experience dealing with substance abuse issues or other relevant issues are strongly encouraged to apply.

The funding grant identifies PCAP case managers as paraprofessionals, therefore we are seeking applicants whose education and experience are consistent with a paraprofessional model.

Condition of Employment:
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes completing on-line Employment Eligibility and Cover Letter assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until these assessments are complete.

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