Peer Specialist II

Resources For Human Development, Inc. - Bridgeport, PA (30+ days ago)3.5

Description/Job Summary Job Description
Creating Increased Connections
Peer Support Leader and Mutual Aid Facilitator

Summary Description: This position requires a self-motivated person with extensive knowledge of and involvement in the recovery movement. Qualifications include lived experience with the mental health system, preferably identifying with extreme states that include hearing, seeing, or sensing things that others do not. Knowledge of Hearing Voices networks and HVM.

The position involves skill in engaging individuals and promoting wellness mutual aid groups as well as in facilitating a variety of peer-led support groups and workshops. This includes but is not limited to groups that integrate Wellness Recovery Action Plan ethics and values, trauma-informed approaches, and adhere to the values and ethos of Intentional Peer Support and Hearing Voices networks. The mutual aid facilitator will also train peers in peer recovery approaches that result in certification, including but not limited to Mental Health Recovery and WRAP and Hearing Voices network approaches knowledge and understanding.

The unique opportunities of this position require a creative and flexible individual who is committed to growing their recovery knowledge. Training in any aforementioned approaches not listed in the job description qualifications will be offered through work opportunities. The position requires someone who can work independently but also enjoys working collaboratively with others to advance the vision of growing informal community-based peer support and mutual aid in Montgomery County.

Provides support to the development of mutual aid support groups.
With supervisor and other team members identifies mutual aid approaches that would be beneficial to the Montgomery County peer community
Gets certification in peer approaches as needed and identified by supervisor
With CIC team and supervisor develops a plan for outreach and mutual aid promotion
With supervisor identifies implementation role in promotion of the plan Facilitates weekly support groups; maximum 5 groups with a minimum of 1 evening per week
Tracks attendance, recommends strategies for outreach for specific groups and partners with supervisor to engage in outreach as indicated.
Works collaboratively with team to assure adherence of all groups to recovery ethics and values as well as those that pertain to the specific approach embraced by the respective group.
Works with supervisor to arrange for coverage when needed. Facilitates/co-facilitates training in areas of interest and competency in collaboration with the Montgomery County Training Institute
Participates in educational opportunities as recommended by supervisor
Participates in workgroups and task forces as identified by the supervisor to advance informal peer support and mutual aid
Active participant in the Professional Development and Networking meeting for Montgomery County Certified Peer Specialists Participates in weekly individual supervision with the supervisor, and group supervision as offered

  • Montgomery County Hearing Voices Network - coordination/management: ( Self-identify with the experience of hearing voices and have knowledge of the Hearing Voices network approach. Understand and have worked within MCHVN).
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Participate MCHVN Steering Committee monthly meetings
Collaborate with Director, prepare agendas for Network Steering Committee
In support, develop, plan, and promote Network meetings, events, Hearing Voices Day, other
Support marketing of the MCHVN- website/FB, other
Maintain connection/relationship to various national and international network affiliations and/or other allied organizations
Deliver/ (co-) facilitate HVN training to promote Montgomery County's HVN initiative

Certified Peer Specialist
Past leadership roles in Peer community
Experienced in public speaking and group facilitation
Certified WRAP Facilitator (Seminar II)
Utilizes WRAP as a wellness tool
Skilled with computer; Internet, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Publisher
Good work ethic, history, and social skills
Owns and operates a vehicle

37.5 hours per week; Hours of work includes 1 evening per week with flexible scheduling (40 hour week, starting July 2018)
22 Vacation days; 10 Sick days and 12 Holidays
Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.