Under the general supervision of the Pathway to Wellness Program Director, Peer Specialists serve as role models, educate recipients about self-help techniques and self-help group processes, teach effective coping strategies based on personal experience , teach symptom management skills , assist in clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals and assist in the development of community support systems and networks. The Peer Specialist is responsible for building of relationships with program consumers and their networks of support in order to support the person’s recovery.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Minimum: High School diploma or GED; must be past or current recipient of mental health and/or substance use recovery services. Demonstrated interpersonal communications skills and the ability to empathize with, relate to and effectively work with recipients of mental health and/or substance use services AND some experience with active participation in mental health self-help activities, peer support or peer advocacy programs, or recipient run organizations or similar experiences or programs.
Preferred: Full certification as OMH Certified Peer Specialist or OASAS certified Peer Specialist. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in both mental health and substance abuse disorder.
Certifications: This position description is a guide to the critical duties and essential functions of the job, not an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands, and work environment conditions. Position descriptions are reviewed and revised to meet the changing needs of the agency at the sole discretion of executive management.