CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST
Part Time Position 18.75 hours per week
- Instills hope that a person living with a psychiatric disability can live a meaningful life and encourage others to do so.
- Promotes knowledge of available services and utilization of community resources.
- Fosters supportive peer relationships.
- Shares his or her own recovery experiences while acknowledging that each person’s road to recovery is unique.
Brief outline of position:
- Acts as a role model for People in Recovery (PIR) and staff.
- Assists in orientation process for new team members and new PIR.
- Assists PIR in identifying their abilities and strengths to use toward their individual recovery.
- Collaborates with Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselors to assist PIR in identifying goals and developing personal recovery plans.
- Coaches PIR on how to develop and practice skills to achieve goals outlined in their recovery plan and for maintaining personal wellness. Teaches self-advocacy skills.
- Identifies community resources as well as other supports, and assists individuals in connecting with resources/supports.
- Participates in team meetings and promotes a recovery perspective.
- Keeps team and supervisor informed of problematic issues, obstacles, and accomplishments experienced by individuals in working toward their respective recovery goals.
- Assists with outreach/community integration for PIR who transition/leave the program.
- Supports PIR in identifying the areas where they need professional supports and services, and in communicating these needs to provider staff.
- Supports PIR who are trying to connect/reconnect with family, friends, and significant others, and to improve or eliminate unhealthy relationships.
- Completes all required documentation in a timely manner.
- Assists clinical team during crisis situation as directed by supervisor or senior staff member.
- Follows all agency policies and procedures and all other duties as assigned by supervisor.
High School diploma or G.E.D. required. Certified Peer Specialist Certification by the MHASP required and maintained, including required CEU’s. Plus, within the last three years, twelve months successful full time, part time or volunteer work, or twenty-four credit hours post-secondary education is required. Work or volunteer experience in a behavioral health setting preferred. Strong interpersonal and problem solving skills. Ability to establish professional relationships with peers. WRAP(Wellness Recovery Action Plan) training a plus. CPRP (Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner)a plus.
Must be physically able to: A)climb stairs; B) take public transportation(such as, SEPTA bus and train services); C) Sit for prolonged periods of time; D) Carry heavy documents; E) Bend, kneel and reach.