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Peer Support Specialist - FERAS
at WestCare Foundation
SUMMARY: The Peer Support Specialist assists individuals with substance abuse and/or mental health problems in developing skills and competencies needed to successfully build a personal support network and to live and work competitively in the community. The role of the Peer Support Specialist is to provide recovery support, consumer education, consumer intervention, and consumer advocacy. The Peer Support Specialist also provides the consumer perspective to recovery and empowers the consumer.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide recovery support to consumers
- Conducts skills building groups and other activities as assigned by the supervisor
- Acts as an appropriate role model for consumers
- Provides coaching and mentoring services to consumers as assigned by the supervisor
- Acts as a consumer advocate
- Attends and participates in training activities, staff meetings, and supervisory sessions as required by the agency
- Participates in Performance Improvement activities as required by the agency
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None. The Peer Support Specialist operates under the direct supervision of the Clinical Director
COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form with consumers, peers, and staff
- Demonstrates good reliability in attendance
- Demonstrates an ability to meet deadlines and to complete tasks
- Ability to use time efficiently
- Ability to follow policies and procedures
- Ability to respond appropriately to supervisory directives or negotiate appropriately
- Knowledge of and ability to apply appropriate ethical principles and practices
- Ability to recognize and maintain appropriate boundaries with consumers, peers, staff, and supervisors
- Ability to treat others with dignity and respect
- Understanding of federal, state, and agency standards regarding the confidentiality of consumer information and the ability to maintain confidential information
- The ability to identify the needs of a consumer that cannot be met by the counselor or agency and to assist the consumer to utilize the support systems and community resources available.
- Demonstrates ability to work effectively with culturally diverse staff and consumers
- Demonstrated respect for an individual’s cultural and ethnic values when interacting with staff and consumers
- Articulates a working definition of trauma
- Understands the impact of trauma
- Understands re-traumatization
- Ability to create a safe, welcoming physical, supportive, and relational environment for consumers and staff
EDUCATION AND OR EXPERIENCE: High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D). Must be a current or former substance abuse or mental health care service recipient. Must have reliable means of transportation, engaged in own recovery for a minimum of one year demonstrated by an effort of self-directed recovery and not a current recipient of residential care. Certification in CRPS is a plus and will be encouraged.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read complex two and three syllable words and to recognize similarities and differences between words and between series of numbers, and ability to communicate effectively in writing and with all levels of employees.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to perform detail work involving written or numeric data, and to make arithmetic calculations accurately.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: HIV/AIDS 104 Basic Education and valid CPR and First Aid Certificate. Valid Florida Driver’s License with a clean driving record. 20 hours of training annually.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to coordinate and work well with others. Knowledge of 12-Step Program.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to give and carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form; ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized and/or unusual circumstances.
While performing this job the employee is regularly required to understand, communicate (both verbally and in writing) and collaborate effectively and with precision, given the time constraints of each task. The employee is required to concentrate and expend prolonged mental effort with limited opportunity for breaks. The employee must possess sufficient means of independent mobility.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee frequently is required to walk and stand. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
WestCare is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Employment at WestCare is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment drug test, physical, and criminal background check.