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Cafe Skills Trainer/Peer Counselor


  • Benefits Offered Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental
  • Employment Type Part-Time

Under supervision of the Program Coordinator, the Peer Counselor (Café Skills Trainer) will provide direct skills training in the area of food service for pre-vocational food service skills training to mental health consumers. The Peer Counselor (Café Skills Trainer) will also be responsible for kitchen sanitary/safety practices and training.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide direct client services as directed.

Under the direction of the Program Coordinator and Café Trainer, works in the café to provide assistance in meal prep and clean up, and to teach life skills to clients in the cafe who request assistance in improving their independent living skills and/or community functioning.

Trains and monitors consumers in the acquisition of café/food prep skills in the following areas to enhance independent living skills, (hygiene, cooking, cleaning, shopping); money management, and budgeting.

Provide assistance to consumers in learning needed work readiness skills, including café skills acquisition, time management, ordering, food prep, clean up, hosting, order taking, team work skills, and café skills.

Assists Café Trainer in overseeing café menu planning, grocery shopping, food prep, and clean up.

Consults with referral sources and assists CRC Staff in linking consumer to appropriate resources as needed.

Participates in major events that support the mission and goals of the CRC.

Assists in Member Services Emergency Food Bank as needed.

Participates in driving and making deliveries to and from Member Services Emergency Food Bank

Will participate in staff or supervisory meetings as assigned.

Assists with chore-monitor duties

Consults with Employment Specialist to best assist clients in volunteer and stipend positions

Demonstrates strong conflict resolution skills

Serves as a role model for clients


Must have personal experience and /or volunteer or professional experience working with individuals with mental illness.

Completion of a Peer Counseling Training program.


Must act in accordance with all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and related state law confidentiality requirements. Must successfully complete the Center’s HIPAA training, pass the HIPAA test, and receive the Certification of Compliance.

Regular attendance is an essential function of the job.

Interacting with other employees at work is an essential function of the job.

Arriving at work on time and not leaving early is an essential function of the job.

Taking breaks only when scheduled

Knowledge of mental illness and impact on family and peers.

Ability to communicate effectively with peers.


Why Work Here?

We are the largest facility providing mental health services in the Los Angeles County

The San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. founded in 1970, is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals and families within the community. Primary emphasis is placed on providing culturally sensitive and linguistically relevant services to infants, toddlers, children, adolescents and transitional age youth with serious emotional disorders, and services for adults and older adults with severe and persistent mental illness. The Center is committed to treating all consumers with dignity and enhancing their quality of life.
Posted: over a month ago