Peer Support Specialists (PSS) are trained, certified professionals in recovery from mental illness/substance use disorder who use their experience to support individuals working toward their own recovery.
The PSS, under general supervision, supports clients in articulating goals for recovery, models effective coping techniques and self-help strategies, and supports clients in advocating for themselves. The PSS works with individuals in online groups, to support clients and inspire hope and motivation in recovery. The PSS will work independently facilitating online groups.
Preferred candidates for this position will have completed their state-approved Peer Support Specialist Training and will have experience working in the field of peer support. Candidates must be willing to communicate coping mechanisms with vicarious trauma, how they maintain self-care, and identify potential challenges working in this environment.
The PSS for this position will be working for www.OCDPeers.com. Please visit our website to gain a further understanding of this role.
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must possess a High School diploma or equivalency
- Must possess a training certificate for Peer Support Specialist (degrees in psychology (bachelor or master level), CACs, etc. as not substitutions for PSS training
- Minimum 2 years working as a Peer Support Specialist
- High Familiarity with OCD
- Must read, write, and orally communicate proficiently in English
- Length of recovery: Minimum of two (2) years out of the hospital or inpatient mental health facility
Desirable additional qualifications for the PSS candidate:
- Bachelor's degree
- PSS certification in the state they reside in
- Three (3) years of experience working as a PSS
- Knowledge of Trauma-Informed Care
- Length of recovery: Minimum three (3) years out of hospital or inpatient mental health facility
- High Degree of Familiarity and recovery from OCD
- Build professional relationships with clients without the constraints of the traditional expert/patient or expert/family member role. The relationship will be built on mutuality founded on the key principles of hope, equality, respect, personal responsibility and self-determination
- Offer hope through PSS's life experience by using personal stories in a conscious, deliberate and professional way in the service of helping another
- Promote recovery, wellness, and healthy lifestyle behaviors
- Encourage active participation in managing symptoms and assist people with behavioral health issues to identify, encourage, and pursue changes they would like to make in an area of wellness
- Provide support to achieve goals individually and in groups
- Deliver peer-led evidence-based services that support individuals, set and achieve goals, increase healthy lifestyle habits, maximize/prioritize their time with treatment professionals, reduce self-stigma and find or recover lost roles and goals in life
- Share strategies and skills for activation of self-care and personal advocacy
- Convey respect and empathy for the impact of the effects of a serious mental health challenge on all aspects of life and provide an empathic understanding of another's situation through the shared experience of emotional and psychological distress and improvement.
- Participates in multi-disciplinary team meetings for case consultation.
- Promotes, supports, and demonstrates the OCDPeers.com mission, vision and values through both behavior and job performance and adheres to policies, procedures, Compliance Plan and Standards of Conduct on a day to day basis
- Effectively interacts and communicates with other OCDPeers.com staff and clients
- Regular and consistent attendance is required to perform essential functions of the job
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Other duties as assigned
- High school diploma or GED required.
- State Certified Peer Support Certificate (preferred) or Peer Support Training Certificate, (required)
- Must be a current or former consumer of mental health and/or substance abuse services, plus have a minimum three to five (3-5) years recovery/participation in local or national consumer movement or demonstrable recovery expertise.
- Must have lived experience with mental illness, preferably OCD and/or SUD;
- Must be able to pass a state background check
The duties, responsibilities, and conditions described are not necessarily a comprehensive list. Additional tasks and requirements may be assigned to the employee from time to time, as necessitated by business demands. Given the nature of the business, the company retains the right to modify the essential functions of this position at any time.
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