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Peer Support Specialist

SUMMARY:

Provides peer support services to individual with substance use/Opioid issues.  This individual will function as a role model to peers, exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills, serve as a consumer advocate, providing consumer information and peer support for those in outpatient and inpatient settings. Assist individuals in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own wellness and recovery process.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • High School Diploma with Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of Opioid issues
  • Peer certification required within 12 months of hire.

CORE COMPETENCIES (Hourly):

  • Ability to assist individuals in working with their case manager or treatment team in determining steps needed to take in order to achieve goals and self-directed recovery.
  • Ability to assist individuals in building social skills in the community that will enhance job acquisition and tenure utilizing their recovery experience.
  • Ability to teach individuals how to identify and combat negative self-talk and how to identify and overcome fears by providing a forum which allows members to share their experience.
  • Will be required to support individuals’ 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.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • A valid Class E Drivers’ License for positions that require driving personal or Agency vehicle on Agency business.
  • Must maintain a minimum Bodily Injury & Property Liability insurance limit of at least $50,000 for positions that require driving personal own vehicle (POV) on Agency business. (Proof Required)
  • PPBH is a 24/7 Agency. All employees must be available as needed when required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Assist individuals in setting up and sustaining self-help (mutual support) groups, as well as means of locating and joining existing groups.
    • Serve as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery based services that will aid the person in daily living functioning.
    • Assist individuals in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through
      • Utilize and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and groups; discussions will be utilized where individuals will share common problems in daily living and methods they have employed to manage and cope with these problems. As one who has availed themselves to substance use services, you will share your own experiences and what skills, strengths, supports and resources you use. As much as possible, you will share your own recovery story and as the facilitator of these sessions, will demonstrate how you have directed your own recovery.
      • Assist individuals in articulating personal goals for recovery through the use of one-to-one and group sessions. Support individuals in identifying and creating goals and developing recovery plans with the skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid them in achieving those goals, provide recovery capital scale to those worked with to aid in identifying areas for support. self-advocacy.
    • Will work with the individuals and other treatment team staff to develop a treatment/recovery plan based on each individuals identified goals.
    • Through the use of role playing/modeling techniques, provides opportunities for others to show/demonstrate how they have handled similar problems, how to present themselves in certain situations, or how to handle problems that may arise in interactions with others.
    • Independently or with periodic assistance of other treatment team members, utilize and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and groups; discussions will be utilized where individuals will share common problems in daily living and methods they have employed to manage and cope with these problems. As one who has availed themselves to mental health services, you will share their own experiences and what skills, strengths, supports and resources you use. As much as possible, you will share your own recovery story and as the facilitator of these sessions, will demonstrate how you have directed your own recovery.
    • Assist in obtaining services that suit that individual’s recovery needs by providing community resources and groups that may be useful.
    • Inform individuals about community and natural supports and how to use these in the recovery process. Community resources may include but not limited to: social security office, Department of Family and Children services, local YMCA, Library, restaurants, clients’ service organizations, apartment complexes and other types of housing, etc.
    • Through the use of role playing/modeling techniques, provides opportunities for others to show/demonstrate how they have handled similar problems, how to present themselves in certain situations, or how to handle problems that may arise in interactions with others.
    • Will work with the individuals and other treatment team staff to develop a treatment/recovery plan based on each individuals identified goals.
    • Use ROSC language in all interactions with those served
    • Develop Wrap plans with the individuals interested in self-directed care.

COMPUTER SKILLS:

Must have Intermediate to advanced experience in MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), the use of personal computers, and standard office productivity software.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl; and talk or hear.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

DEPARTMENT: BEACON POINT

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: NON-EXEMPT/FULL TIME

To apply for this job email your details to Careers@PPBH.org


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