Peer Counselors provide direct services, advocacy, and support to residents of the Shelter. They serve as role models for residents and educate them about self-help techniques and self-help group process; teach them effective coping strategies, sometimes based on personal experience; assist them in clarifying their goals for rehabilitation and recovery; and help them to develop support systems. Incumbents perform a range of tasks which are designed to assist residents in regaining personal control over their lives and over their own recovery processes. Tasks focus on facilitating the development of self-help skills, support systems, coping strategies, and the increased hope and self-esteem that are central to recovery . Peer Counselors model competence and the possibility of recovery, and assist residents in developing the perspectives and skills that facilitate recovery.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions unless this causes undue hardship to the agency.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS:
Please note that preference will be given to former residents of the Borden Ave. Veteran’s Residence who meet the minimum qualifications below and who have transitioned to permanent housing and who are successfully employed..
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 the management.