Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Location: Bedford VA, 24523
The Peer Recovery Specialist/Peer Support Specialist, working under the Bedford Family Treatment Drug Court (FTDC) Grant (5-year grant), is an individual that uses their lived experience to assist others in seeking knowledge and experience of recovery. A peer is defined as a person in recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorder or, in the case of family peer support, a family member of a person living with a behavioral health condition. FTDC, Horizon will provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid-related substance use, outpatient services, and other evidenced-based services with a focus on family preservation and wellness at the Horizon Wellness Center in Bedford.
- High School Diploma or equivalent combination of training, education and life experience, sustained substance use (or co-occurring) recovery for approximately two years minimum (recovery capital, prior recovery experience considered).
- An equivalent combination of training and life experience, sustained substance use (or co-occurring) recovery for approximately two years minimum (recovery capital, prior recovery experience considered). Eligible to certify in Virginia as Certified Peer Recovery Specialist.
Related Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Knowledge and ability to demonstrate the ethical conduct guidelines for certified peer recovery specialists.
Knowledge and ability to adhere to the peer code of ethics, confidentiality, boundaries and self-care as practiced in non-clinical settings (ADA, HIPAA, 42CFR, Advanced Directives.)
Knowledge and use of motivational enhancement techniques.
Knowledge and willingness of when to seek out and use supervision.
Ability to coach others to navigate community resources
Knowledge of trauma and its impact on recovery from mental health and substance use disorders.
Knowledge and understanding of the symptoms of PTSD.
Ability to identify physical and sexual abuse symptoms.
Ability to identify and respond appropriately to personal stressors and triggers.
Ability to define trauma and its impact on the recovery process.
Knowledge of current research practices and trends in mental health and substance use disorders.
Knowledge of local programs, resources, and systems to promote person-centered recovery/wellness support services.
Knowledge and understanding of client's individual rights and responsibilities in programs serving.
Knowledge and ability to apply the principles of individual choice and self-determination.
Ability to communicate and effectively explain the importance of self-advocacy as a component of recovery and wellness.
Effective communication skills.
Ability to recognize signs and symptoms of distress.
Knowledge of key language, terms and regulations regarding mental health and substance use disorder recovery.
Ability to explain individual advocacy.
Knowledge of recovery plans, strengths-based recovery planning, and recovery goal setting (WRAP, Relapse Plans).
Ability to explain major recovery models (12 steps, Intentional Peer Support, SMART Recovery, Women for Sobriety, Celebrate Recovery, etc).
Knowledge of the holistic (e.g., mind, body, spirit, environment) approach to recovery/wellness.
Knowledge and understanding of professional and personal boundaries with clients.
Knowledge of current trends and issues related to wellness and recovery.
Ability to practice non-judgmental behavior.
Ability to share experience using lived experience.
Ability to demonstrate and support the development of conflict resolution skills.
Knowledge of peer role and activities for peer support during crisis.
Ability to identify and utilize legal and ethical policies and procedures.
Ability to participate in and successfully pass behavioral intervention training; includes both verbal de-escalation skills and physical skills techniques to be utilized with consumers as needed.
Ability to drive and must possess a valid driver’s license. May be called upon to travel to any Horizon worksite; transport clients, provide services to client @other locations. Regular attendance at trainings and Horizon meetings may require travel to a variety of Horizon sites.
Willing and available to work modified schedules (weekends, holiday, etc.) as required.
Horizon Behavioral Health is celebrating 50 years of being the primary public behavioral healthcare provider in Central Virginia serving individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, as well as individuals with developmental disabilities. Horizon is the proud recipient of the 2016 Giving Back award, has been named Best of Counseling Services in Lynchburg VA in 2017 and 2018, and most recently named Best Place to Work in 2018.
We offer a generous benefit package that includes participation in the Virginia Retirement System; life, health, dental, and vision insurance; annual leave, sick leave and holidays. Horizon participates in the NHSC, as well as PSLF educational loan forgiveness programs. If you are interested in continuing your education, working at Horizon qualifies you to receive discounts at some local universities.
To Apply – Please visit our online career center at www.HorizonBH.org
Horizon Behavioral Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
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Why Work Here?Horizon Behavioral Health has been the premier behavioral healthcare provider in Central Virginia for more than 50 years. In the last year, Horizon provided clinical services to more than 15,000 adults, children and families addressing problems with mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities. Horizon has been voted Best of 2016 Reader's Choice for Best Counseling Service in Lynchburg Living Magazine! Horizon Behavioral Health provides our salaried employees with a generous benefit package that includes the Virginia Retirement System; life, medical, dental, and vision insurance; vacation, sick leave and holidays, in addition to educational leave.
Horizon is a caring team of professionals devoted to helping others succeed! We have been in operation since 1969 in Central Virginia.