Job: Peer Support Specialist-SA at Middle Peninsula Northern Neck CSB – Warsaw
Peer Support Specialist-SA
Middle Peninsula Northern Neck CSB – Warsaw, VA
Under immediate to general supervision, the Peer Support Specialist (PSS) provides peer support services; serves as a consumer advocate; provides consumer information and peer support for consumers in emergency, outpatient or inpatient settings. The PPS provides peer support and counseling.The PSS provides consumer and family education services related to Peer Support and Recovery.Having experienced a severe mental illness, the Peer Support Specialist assists the other members of the team to understand the clients’ perspective and subjective experience. The PSS serves as an advocate for consumers with in the agency and the community. PSS perform a wide range of tasks to assist consumers in regaining control over their own lives and over their own recovery process. PSS Participate in treatment team meetings and client satisfaction monitoring. Provides training in recovery and leads recovery dialogues. Participates in training and other educational opportunities as available.The PSS will role model competency in recovery and ongoing coping skills
Position Open Until Filled. EOE
Minimum Training and Experience:
Experience as a consumer of mental health, mental retardation, or substance abuse services
Certification/Readiness to Work provided by Master’s level Mental Health provider
Written Recommendations from a Mental Health Provider: QMHP or higher
Ability to communicate effectively with other consumers.
Ability and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses.
High School or GED Equivalency plus Graduation from Peer to Peer Support Specialist Training, or WRAP Facilitator training.Equivalent experience of one to two years active participation in self-help activities, peer support or peer advocacy programs, consumer-run organizations, or similar programs, including paid or volunteer experience with adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses.
Self-knowledge and ability to manage personal mental illness issues, plus model recovery principles by personal experience demonstrating significant progress in personal MH recovery.
12 months sobriety or drug free, documented by Counselor, or Sponsor as confirmed by an affirmation letter, (if Co-occurring diagnosis exists)Must pass Criminal Background Check
Job Type: Full-time
Experience: personal recovery: 1 year (Required)
Education: High school (Required)