Requisition Number: PA056-PESP-H-06-2020-02
Job Title: Peer Specialist I
City: Bryn Mawr
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 1
Salary Range: $16.83

Peer Specialist I

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Description/Job Summary

Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) services consist of peer support services; advocacy for Persons in Recovery (PIRs); sharing of coping skills, and providing recovery information for PIRs.  The CPS performs a wide range of tasks to assist PIRs in regaining control over their own recovery process.  This includes but is not limited to the development of natural supports; development of social interactions in the community; and management of symptoms that challenge wellness in an individual.  A commitment to RHD Values should be demonstrated as job duties are performed.

Position Requirements:
  • PA Certified Peer Specialist Certification
  • HS Diploma/GED
  • Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation.
  • Satisfy required Act 33 and State Police clearances.
  • Self identified current or former user of mental health or co-occurring services who can relate to others who are now using these services.
  • Within the last three years have 12 months (not necessarily consecutive) full or part-time paid or volunteer work experience: one year of college or other educational experience (within the last three years) can be substituted for work experience.
  • A commitment to recovery, choice, empowerment, and the ability of people with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders to find meaningful lives in the community.
  • Ability to establish a trusting relationship with peers, including excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Detail oriented with written/verbal communication and organizational abilities.
  • Ability to network within the community and work with diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of recovery principles and tools
  • Certified Peer Specialist service expectations
  • Knowledge of WRAP

Essential Duties and Functions: 

Directly provide and/or ensure the following:
  • Act as an integral member of the Recovery Support Team and Certified Peer Specialist Team.
  • Provide a role model for persons seeking recovery support services, other staff members, and service providers in the recovery support process.
  • Share personal experiences of recovery to build a sense of hope in the recovery and support process.
  • Assist in the development of a culture of recovery and peer support by engaging in and supporting peer relationships.
  • Work with individuals served to assist them in the development and implementation of an individualized and integrated Recovery Service Plan.
  • Engage appropriately with persons enrolled to support them in identifying strengths, existing supports, and community resources.
  • Conducted regularly scheduled meetings with clients to determine recovery goals using the Recovery Model.Properly document progress notes and other documentation in accordance with program protocols.
  • Use Motivational Interviewing in individual and groups settings:
  • Explore and identify problem solving techniques with individuals, Explore and identify skills to combat negative self-talk,
  • Provide recovery support education for persons enrolled, staff, and family members.This may include but is not limited to: Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP) for enrollees, Self-help/mutual peer support groups, training and orientation of new enrollees, and training and orientation for staff and Team members.
  • Accompany and support persons enrolled in social/leisure, educational, occupational, and/or advocacy based community integration activities.
  • Identify recovery goals to assist PIRs with managing interpersonal relationships and community integration activities.
  • Refer and assist clients in obtaining necessary supportive services and provide input concerning service shortfalls and successes to the Certified Peer Support Supervisor and Recovery Coaches.
  • Attend all trainings as required by regulations and as desired for professional development.

Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.

Responsibilities/Duties

 
  • Essential Duties and Functions: 

  • Act as an integral member of the Recovery Support Team and Certified Peer Specialist Team.
  • Provide a role model for persons seeking recovery support services, other staff members, and service providers in the recovery support process.
  • Share personal experiences of recovery to build a sense of hope in the recovery and support process.
  • Assist in the development of a culture of recovery and peer support by engaging in and supporting peer relationships.
  • Work with individuals served to assist them in the development and implementation of an individualized and integrated Recovery Service Plan.
  • Engage appropriately with persons enrolled to support them in identifying strengths, existing supports, and community resources.
  • Conducted regularly scheduled meetings with clients to determine recovery goals using the Recovery Model.Properly document progress notes and other documentation in accordance with program protocols.
  • Use Motivational Interviewing in individual and groups settings:
  • Explore and identify problem solving techniques with individuals, Explore and identify skills to combat negative self-talk,
  • Provide recovery support education for persons enrolled, staff, and family members.This may include but is not limited to: Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP) for enrollees, Self-help/mutual peer support groups, training and orientation of new enrollees, and training and orientation for staff and Team members.
  • Accompany and support persons enrolled in social/leisure, educational, occupational, and/or advocacy based community integration activities.
  • Identify recovery goals to assist PIRs with managing interpersonal relationships and community integration activities.
  • Refer and assist clients in obtaining necessary supportive services and provide input concerning service shortfalls and successes to the Certified Peer Support Supervisor and Recovery Coaches.
  • Attend all trainings as required by regulations and as desired for professional development.


Required Experience

Position Requirements:
  • Self identified current or former user of mental health or co-occurring services who can relate to others who are now using these services.Within the last three years have 12 months (not necessarily consecutive) full or part-time paid or volunteer work experience: one year of college or other educational experience (within the last three years) can be substituted for work experience.A commitment to recovery, choice, empowerment, and the ability of people with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders to find meaningful lives in the community.Ability to establish a trusting relationship with peers, including excellent interpersonal skills.Detail oriented with written/verbal communication and organizational abilities.Ability to network within the community and work with diverse populations.Demonstrate effective time management skills and follow through.Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.Knowledge of recovery principles and toolsCertified Peer Specialist service expectationsKnowledge of WRAP

Required Education

  • PA Certified Peer Specialist Certification
  • HS Diploma/GED
  • Valid Drivers License 

Required Qualifications


  • Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation.
  • Satisfy required Act 33 and State Police clearances.
  • Self identified current or former user of mental health or co-occurring services who can relate to others who are now using these services.
  • Within the last three years have 12 months (not necessarily consecutive) full or part-time paid or volunteer work experience: one year of college or other educational experience (within the last three years) can be substituted for work experience.


Program Summary

Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) services consist of peer support services; advocacy for Persons in Recovery (PIRs); sharing of coping skills, and providing recovery information for PIRs.  The CPS performs a wide range of tasks to assist PIRs in regaining control over their own recovery process.  This includes but is not limited to the development of natural supports; development of social interactions in the community; and management of symptoms that challenge wellness in an individual.  A commitment to RHD Values should be demonstrated as job duties are performed.
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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.