Provides peer to peer support services to individuals with Mental Illness and/or Substance Use Disorder who are enrolled in Northwestern Community Services. Performs a variety of paraprofessional duties in support of wellness and recovery by utilizing their lived experiences of recovery and mental illness and/or substance use disorder plus skills learned in formal training to provide non-clinical group and individual sessions with the individuals served to promote their recovery and resiliency. Peer Support Specialists offer emotional support, share knowledge, teach skills, provide practical assistance and connect individuals with resources, opportunities, communities of support and other people. Services are non-clinical, person centered, strengths based, wellness focused, and trauma informed. Peer support services help to ensure the individual’s wellness-recovery plan reveals the needs and preferences of the individuals being served to complete their measurable and personalized goals.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
General knowledge and understanding of mental illness, substance use, and developmental disabilities. Knowledge and understanding of the principles and components of recovery. Knowledge of support counseling practices and techniques. Knowledge of the local mental health/substance use disorder local systems as well as various services available in the community including public, private, and volunteer organizations.
Ability to positively interact with persons with mental illness, substance use disorders and developmental disabilities, their family members, agency staff and community members. Ability to provide active listening, education and assistive supports to consumers and family members. Good personal management skills – time management, organization, dependability and independence. Ability to work as a team member with agency staff and others on behalf of Recovery initiatives.
High School diploma or GED required. Bachelor’s degree preferred. At least one year experience in behavioral health services or with behavioral health populations, whether through previous employment or participation in services, is required. Lived experience of recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorder with at least 1 year of psychiatric stability and/or sobriety. Completion of peer based, recovery specialized training; training available, if needed. DMAS qualified Paraprofessional eligible.
Job Type: Full-time
- Behavioral Health: 1 year (Required)
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Retirement plan
- Paid time off