Functions as a clinical member of the multidisciplinary team and provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support services. Has experience as a recipient of behavioral health services and is willing to share his or her personal and practical experience and knowledge, and first hand insight to benefit the team and it's participants. The Peer Specialist functions as a fully integrated team member to provide expertise about the recovery process, symptom management, and the persistence required by clients to have a satisfying life. Collaborates to promote a team culture and recognizes, understands, and respects each client's point of view, experiences, and preferences. Responsible to maximize client choice, self determination and decision making in the planning, delivery and evaluation of treatment, rehabilitation and support services. Provides peer counseling and consultation to individual clients, family, and team staff. Acts as a liasion with community resources, carries out rehabilitation and support functions, and assists in treatment, substance abuse services, education, support and consultation to families, and crisis intervention under the clinical supervision of staff with professional degrees. Reports to and works under the direction of the Director and Team Leader.
High School Diploma or GED (Required).
2 or 4 year Degree in Behavioral health or related field (Preferred).
Peer Specialist Training (Preferred).
Valid PA Drivers license (Required).
PA Certified Peer Specialist (Preferred).
1-3 Years experience as a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness and is willing to use and share his or her personal practical experience, knowledge, and first hand insight.
1-3 Years experience working in a mental health setting (Preferred).
Excellent Communication and interpersonal skills.
Skilled with Microsoft Work and Outlook.