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Peer Specialist (Part-Time) in New York, New York at The Jewish Board

Date Posted: 2/8/2019

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Job Description

PURPOSE:

The OnTrackNY Program is an innovative treatment program at The Jewish Board.  The program serves adolescents and young adults who are within two years of experiencing the onset of non-affective psychosis.  The Peer Specialist on the team would help train clients experiencing early psychosis and serve as a role model and advocate in the areas of entitlements, self-advocacy and empowerment, daily activities, housing, education, and employment utilizing a client-centered approach while maintaining a youth-friendly, person-centered, recovery-focused, and strengths-based service delivery model.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Enhance initial outreach, engagement, and retention efforts to help participants and families stay connected to the program.

  • Provide concrete service delivery to clients (i.e. benefits/entitlements), as per program needs in the office and in the community.

  • Lead and co-leads a variety of recovery groups, especially on issues of self-advocacy, entitlements and daily living activities, housing issues, education, and employment readiness.

  • Communicate with collaterals and other agency staff on behalf of clients to assist case management staff as needed.

  • Participate in team meetings, treatment planning, supervision, and discharge planning discussions, including with family members.

  • Appropriately document groups and program activities on forms provided by Program Management.

  • Assists in various duties (as needed) for the program (i.e. entitlements counselor, etc.).

  • Maintain resource materials on recovery for client use.

  • Train consumers in peer advocacy skills, including the use of self-disclosure, understanding psychosis, and illness management.

  • Participate in community activities to promote recovery and stigma reduction and assist in outreach and recruitment of clients.

  • May be assigned other tasks and duties reasonably related to their job responsibilities.

  • Have flexible work hours, including the ability to work some evenings.

    Educational Requirements:

  • State certification as a Peer Specialist, OR ability to obtain provisional certification within 6 months and standard certification within 12 months of being hired.

    Skills and/or Experience Required:

  • Relevant lived experience with psychosis during youth preferred.

  • Familiarity with NYS Entitlements, Housing and Mental Health Service Delivery System.

  • Basic computer skills a plus.

  • Two years of active participation in mental health self-help activities, peer support or peer advocacy programs, or participant-run organizations or similar experiences or programs.

  • The Peer Specialist should also be someone who has made good progress toward his or her own recovery.

    Communication Skills:

  • Ability to articulate the company’s philosophy, mission and goals to a varied audience.

  • Ability to author and to present effective and persuasive speeches and presentations to various groups including clients, management and employees.

  • Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints, including those of a sensitive and confidential nature, from any of the following, if applicable, under a variety of circumstances, including adversarial situations: clients, consumers, managers, employees, regulatory agencies, arbitrators, union representatives, vendors, or applicants.

  • Ability to effectively present information to clients, top management and staff in verbal and written formats.

  • Ability to relate well with individuals aged 16-30.

  • Ability and willingness to disclose lived experiences (where appropriate) for the purposes of empowerment.

  • Ability to empathize with, relate to, and effectively work with participants of mental health services.

  • Ability to have excellent judgment and understand boundaries when working with participants of mental health services.

  • Ability to maintain a “client-focused” stance including a primary focus on the issues participants present rather than those of the Peer Specialists.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to perform basic mathematical skills such as addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

Reasoning Skills:

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to work within general guidelines and minimal supervision.

  • Ability to organize, prioritize and execute responsibilities in the face of conflicting priorities or unexpected situations.

  • Ability to recognize the need for confidentiality of information and to maintain such confidences.

Physical Demands:

  • Regularly required to speak clearly and hear the spoken word well.

  • Regularly required to physically operate routine office equipment such as telephones, computers, etc.

  • Regularly required to travel to sites in and outside the company using customary modes of public transportation.

  • Regularly required to utilize near vision ability and to read data and documents, including spreadsheets and reports, in printed form and on computer screens.

Work Environment:

  • Noise level is consistent with levels usually present in an office, education, rehabilitation, industrial, workshop or health related environment.

  • Hazards present are consistent with those common to an office, education, rehabilitation, industrial, workshop or health related environment.

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    REQUIREMENTS: Some post-secondary education preferred, as is experience with a similar population in a community setting.  State certification as a Peer Specialist is required, OR ability to obtain provisional certification within 6 months and standard certification within 12 months of being hired.