Job: PT Peer Recovery Specialist I with Hampton-Newport News CSB

May 4, 2018 | Certification, Employment | 0 comments

PT Peer Recovery Specialist I
Hampton- Newport News CSB


Peer Recovery Specialist I provides peer support; serves as a consumer advocate; carries out support functions. The Peer Recovery Specialist may assist individuals with basic physical, financial, social, personal, and recovery needs. Services carried out by the Peer Recovery Specialist I include monitoring, advocacy, daily living support, and similar functions.


  • Ability to provide peer support from the perspective of a person who has received mental health services.
  • Skills in establishing supportive trusting relationships with persons with mental illness and respect for their rights and personal preferences.
  • Ability to interact in a professional manner with program participants, peers, and collateral agencies required.
  • Good oral and written communication skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate safely in the workplace.
  • Ability to work and participate as a member of a team.
  • Good listening skills.
  • Ability to acquire the skills to teach and engage in basic problem solving strategies to support individuals in self-directed recovery.
  • Ability and commitment to work on personal recovery.
  • Ability to function calmly in a stressful situation.
  • Ability to acknowledge personal strengths and limitations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


  • Assist individuals in setting up and sustaining self-help (mutual support) groups, as well as means of locating and joining existing groups.
  • Develop the ability to utilize tools such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and Advance Directive to assist individuals in creating their own individual wellness and recovery plans.
  • Under the guidance of treatment team members, utilize and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and groups.
  • Share common problems in daily living and methods employed to manage and cope with these problems.
  • As one who has availed themselves to mental health services, the PRS will share their own experiences and what skills, strengths, supports and resources they use.
  • Share their own recovery story.
  • Model how to identify and combat negative self-talk.
  • 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.
  • Assist individuals in building social skills in the community.
  • Safeguard the confidentiality of individuals and records pertaining to individuals.
  • Complete agency documentation as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Participate in team meetings and provide peer perspective.
  • Provide social role model for individuals in interaction with other team members and individuals.
  • Maintain appropriate and consistent interpersonal boundaries with individuals.
  • Assist Individuals with activities of daily living.
  • Transports individuals as necessary.

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