Peer Specialist I, II or III

Manzanita Services

Job DescriptionSummary: The Peer Specialist (PS) is an active member of the Wellness Team and provides peer support services to clients with serious behavioral health challenges in the Wellness Centers. The PS works under the guidance and supervision of the Wellness Center Manager.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:The Peer Specialist functions as a role model to peers, exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills. The PS serves as a consumer advocate, providing consumer information and peer support for clients in the Wellness Center setting.The PS performs a wide range of tasks to assist peers / clients in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery process.Utilize recovery resources such as booklets, tapes, pamphlets and other written materials in the provision of services.Attend and participate Wellness Center team and other agency meetings as directedUsing a formal goal setting process, the PS will:Assist clients in articulating personal goals for recovery through the use of one-to-one and group sessions. During these sessions the PS will support clients in identifying and creating goals and developing recovery plans with the skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid them in achieving those goalsMay assist clients in working with their care manager or treatment team in determining the steps he/she needs to take in order to achievethese goals and self-directed recovery.Assist clients in setting up and sustaining self-help (mutual support) groups, as well as developing means of locating and joining existing groups.Utilize tools such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to assist clients in creating their own individual wellness and recovery plans.Utilize and teach problem-solving techniques with individuals and groups, working independently or with personal assistance of more experienced team members. Utilize discussions in which clients share common problems in daily living and methods they have employed to manage and cope with these problems. As people who have availed themselves of mental health services, the PS will share their own experiences and skills, strengths, supports and resources used. The PS may share their own recovery story and, as the facilitator of these sessions, demonstrate how they have directed their own recovery.Utilize ongoing individual and group sessions to teach clients how to identify and combat negative self-talk and how to identify and overcome fears by providing a forum which allows group members and PS to share their experiences. Clients will gain hope, learn to identify their strengths and combat negative self-talk through the facilitated use of literature, videos, and other media supports and tools.Support clients’ 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 clients in building social skills in the community that will enhance job acquisition and tenure utilizing their recovery experienceOther Competencies NeededInterpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Keeps emotions under control.Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Participates in meetings.Teamwork – Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.Diversity – Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; promotes a harassment-free environment.Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Works with integrity and ethically.Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Supports organization’s goals and values.Equal Employment EmployerAll qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, creed, color, pregnancy, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, national origin, age, religion, Veteran’s status, political affiliation, or any other factor prohibited by law.Manzanita Services, Inc. is proud of the fact that we are a peer-run organization and encourage peers to apply for this job offering. For purposes of this job offering, a peer is defined as an individual who has self-identified as having lived experience with the process of recovery from mental illness, substance use disorder (SUD), or both, either as a consumer of services related to these conditions, or as the parent or family member of the consumer.Job Type: Part-timePay: $14.00 – $16.00 per hourJob Type: Part-timePay: $14.00 – $16.00 per hourSchedule:Day shiftMonday to FridayWeekend availabilityEducation:High school or equivalent (Preferred)Experience:Addiction Counseling: 1 year (Preferred)License/Certification:Driver’s License (Preferred)Certified Recovery Specialist (Preferred)Work Location:One locationWork Remotely:NoCOVID-19 Precaution(s):Personal protective equipment provided or requiredTemperature screeningsSocial distancing guidelines in placeVirtual meetingsSanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in placeShow more

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