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Recovery Peer/Support Specialist - Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches


Major Duties and Responsibilities: The Peer Specialist is an active member of the Wellness In Recovery, Integrated Healthcare team and provides recovery peer support services to clients with trauma, mental health, addiction, and co-occurring disorders. Under the supervision of the Director of Peer Services, the peer specialist will function as a role model to peers; exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills; serve as a consumer advocate, providing consumer information and peer support for clients in outpatient and inpatient settings. The peer specialist performs a wide range of tasks to assist clients of all ages, from young adult to elders, in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery process. Recovery support will be provided via one-to-one support and mentoring sessions, group peer-facilitated sessions and training, and written materials provided by the recovery peer specialist to clients.

Using a formal goal setting process the peer specialist will assist clients in articulating personal goals for recovery and will support clients in identifying and creating goals and developing recovery plans with the skills, strengths, supports, and resources to aid them in achieving those goals. Peer specialist will assist clients in working with the treatment team in determining the steps needed in order to achieve these goals and self-directed recovery. Utilizing tools such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) the peer specialist assists clients in creating their own individual wellness and recovery plans.

Independently or with the assistance of the clients’ treatment team members peer specialists will utilize and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and groups; discussions will be utilized where clients will share common problems in daily living and methods they have employed to manage and cope with these problems. The peer specialist will share their own experiences and what skills, strengths, supports and resources they used. As much as is possible and appropriate, the peer specialist will share their own recovery story and as the facilitator of these sessions, will demonstrate how they have directed their own recovery.

Using ongoing individual and group session to teach clients how to identify and combat negative self-talk and how to identify and overcome anxiety by providing a forum which allows individual and group members and peer specialist to share the experiences in order for the clients to access the power of hope and resiliency.

Recovery Peer/Support Specialist Modeling: The peer specialist will teach and role model the value of every individual’s recovery experience and model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies. Assist the client by providing and advocating for effective recovery based services that will aid the client in daily living. Additionally, assists clients in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy. Through the use of modeling techniques the peer specialist provides opportunities for others to demonstrate how they have handled similar problems, how to present themselves in certain situations, and how to handle problems that may arise in interactions with others.

Knowledge Required by the Position: 

· Knowledge of the Recovery process and the ability to facilitate recovery using established Recovery Peer/Support processes, including SAMSHA recovery guidelines, and trauma-informed care.

· Knowledge and skill to teach and engage in problem-solving strategies to support individual clients in self-directed recovery.

· Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of trauma, mental health issues, addiction, and co-occurring disorders and the ability to assist the client and the treatment team to address symptoms.

· Knowledge and skill sufficient to use community resources necessary for independent living and the ability to teach those skills to clients.

· Knowledge of how to establish and sustain self-help and educational groups by soliciting input from the consumer on their strengths and interests.

Complexity: The work involves providing support services for the client that requires assisting them in establishing goals and mechanisms to reach those goals. Decisions on establishing goals and formal action plans will always be made in conjunction the client and the treatment team and reviewed by the supervisor/team leader. Decisions regarding what needs to be done involve choices that require a simple analysis such as organizing facts in narrative or logical order and comparing them to past solutions in similar cases or to applicable criteria. Actions to be taken or responses to be made, such as advice to the client differs depending on the treatment teams determination.

Scope and Effect: The peer specialist assists and guides client toward the identification and achievement of specific goals defined by the client and specified in the Individual Treatment Plan (ITP). The work involves a variety of routine, standardized tasks that facilitate work performed by higher-level providers. Work performed by the peer specialist will promote community socialization, recovery, self-advocacy, self-help, and development of natural supports.

Work Environment: Work will be performed in a wide range of settings, including the medical/behavioral/addiction treatment centers, in community based outpatient settings, community agencies. Work areas are often noisy, unpredictable, and can be stressful at times. Clients demonstrate varying levels of recovery and symptoms.

Credentials/training Required:

Florida Certification Board--Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, Certified Recovery Support Specialist, WRAP training, SAMHSA training/recovery awareness, trauma-informed care experience.

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