Mental Health Peer Specialist
Website Adult Rehabilitation Ministry (ARM)
Adult Rehabilitation Ministry (ARM)
Under the supervision of the Executive Director, and in a treatment team environment, the Mental Health Peer Specialist develops and maintains a supportive relationship with clients to address their strengths, goals, and recovery barriers and strategies, as they relate to the client’s role in their recovery, choices of medication and treatment, and linkage to community resources after discharge. The Mental Health Peer Specialist also maintains appropriate documentation and records. Perform other administrative and general duties as assigned.
Utilizing active listening skills, guides clients to recognize both the areas of personal dissatisfaction and the benefits of changing their belief systems and thought and behavior patterns.
Utilizing problem solving skills, help clients identify barriers to their recovery and develop plans to meet the life goals they set for themselves.
Coordinate weekly group meetings with/for clients.
Instruct/lead clients in wellness and symptom/medical management.
Connect clients with community-based consumer resources that assist and further the establishment and maintenance of their recovery.
Advocate for clients with treatment team to remove barriers to their recovery.
Participate in consumer panels, maintain current knowledge of consumer resources, and educate staff, volunteers, and clients about consumer matters and peer support.
Participate on ARM committees and workgroups to support its ministry goals.
Ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of psychiatric illness.
Ability to work effectively and maintain healthy boundaries with clients, treatment team, and staff.
Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing, including preparation of professional documentation of client progress.
Ability to communicate personal recovery story.
Ability to listen effectively.
Ability to problem solve.
Ability to facilitate groups.
Knowledge of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and ability to guide clients in its use.
Proficient computer and software skills (including Microsoft Office).
High school diploma or GED required. Bachelors or Graduate degree in a related field preferred.
Experience as a peer facilitator or peer specialist with knowledge of resources available in Dallas County required.
Must be willing to identify self as a primary consumer of mental health services, preferably with the experience of receiving treatment.
Must have at least two years’ recovery.
Peer Support Specialist Certification in at least one approved/related curriculum required. Employment offer may be offered on the condition of gaining required certification within 6 months of hire.
Experience as a Certified Peer Specialist in a treatment setting prefer.
To apply for this job please visit peerforce.org.