Certified Peer Specialist

Organization: 
Transitional Employment Consultants
Location: 
Fayette County, PA

Certified Peer Specialist carries out the services in the supported employment program’s illness management and recovery portion by assisting and supporting consumers with the everyday challenges in the world of competitive employment.

Deadline: 
1/14/20
Responsibilities: 

Responsibilities: Provides peer support services to consumers to promote growth, recovery and wellness. Serves as a consumer advocate, providing information and support for consumers in the supported employment program and assisting consumers in regaining control over their own lives through the recovery process, specifically directed toward the goal of competitive employment in integrated job settings.

Description of Duties:

• Assists consumers in self-identifying personal goals for recovery, determining the steps to reach the recovery goals and providing an environment of mutual respect, empowerment and opportunity to promote self-sufficiency within their home communities, specifically the competitive work environment.

• Provides consumers with illness management and recovery information and strategies. This is conducted on an individual basis and/or by facilitating job finding and maintaining group activities. Areas of information will be primarily employment related and will include recovery strategies, practical facts about mental illness, dealing with stress, building social support, using medications effectively, reducing relapses, overcoming barriers, disclosure issues, coping with problems and symptoms on and off the job.

• Provides information on community resources including housing, education, employment, transportation, recreation, and health.

• Advocates for and with the consumer as a way to recognize their strengths and recovery options, particularly in the area of competitive employment.

• Meets regularly with treatment team members to coordinate and integrate vocational services into mental health treatment, and to support the consumer.

• Carries out other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: 

High school diploma or GED equivalent.

Must have successfully completed a Certified Peer Specialist Training Program approved by the Department of Public Welfare, before employment can begin.

Experience with vocational services and knowledge of the work world are preferred.

Ability to work as an effective team player is essential.

Contact Info: 

Please apply by emailing a resume to kcasella@tecwg.org.

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