Position Title : Peer Support Specialist
Department Unit : Housing and Residential Support
Reports to : Residential Support Manager
(Part-Time: 16 hours over 4 days M - F)
- Models effective coping skills, problem solving strategies, stability and safety to individuals in treatment and self-directed recovery, based on own recovery experience.
- Assists assigned clients in development and achievement of Wellness Recovery Plans.
- Assists Residential Support Counselors in encouraging residents to participate in psychosocial and family workshops, social engagement programs and vocational programs (e.g., supported employment, supported education, Thinking Well - cognitive remediation) offered at Laurel House Resource Center and in the local community.
- Works as part of the Residential Support team as well as the Laurel House Resource Center team, participating in coaching for activities of daily living as needed.
- Participates in supervision, case conferences and Residential Support Counselor meetings and co-facilitates workshops, as assigned.
- Maintains own stability in personal recovery.
The Peer Support Specialist works, under the supervision of the Residential Support Manager, with Residential Support Counselors, to provide encouragement and recovery planning assistance in specific recovery plans for residents in apartments in the community and in Laurel House properties. Utilizing own recovery experience, models self-help strategies, practical coping skills and engagement in activities of daily living (ADLs) to facilitate greater independence, self-sufficiency, wellness and integration in the community.
- Work with clients to understand their strengths and goals for recovery and to facilitate their progress toward personal recovery and greater self-sufficiency.
- Develop understanding of available rehabilitative services (e.g., supported employment, supported education, learning to use public transportation), treatment providers and mental health support services in the community to assist clients in their recovery plans.
- Encourage client engagement in the community, taking advantage of social, educational, health, recreational, spiritual resources to better integrate into the local community.
- Document and maintain client contacts and progress, as directed by Manager.
- Lead by example in helping clients learn to cope, to problem solve and to self-advocate when they experience challenges and barriers to their recovery.
- Coach clients as needed in their activities of daily living and encourage engagement with family and other natural supports.
- Assist in co-facilitation of skill building workshops as requested.
Knowledge and Skills Required:
- Lived experience with mental illness and successful ongoing recovery.
- Experience and/or certification in coping with substance use disorder.
- Knowledge of symptoms/signs of mental illness (e.g., behaviors, thoughts, isolation) and how to cope with those symptoms.
- Good communication skills – oral and written.
- Good organization skills; able to meet deadlines.
- Computer skills in use of MS Office products, email, internet.
- Able to maintain strict client confidentiality in accordance with HIPAA.
- Lived experience with mental illness; successful ongoing recovery.
- Recovery Support Specialist Certification (from Advocacy Unlimited).
- High School Diploma/GED; post-secondary education or vocational certification, a plus.
- Able to work individually and in a group setting and to participate in supervision individually and in a group setting.
- Familiarity with and experience in using community resources such as libraries, shopping, restaurants, houses of worship, social service organizations, mental health and substance use treatment providers.
- Must successfully pass the pre-employment drug test.
- Must possess a valid CT driver’s license and a good driving record.