• Certified Peer Counselor

    Job Locations US-PA-Willow Grove
    Position Number
    Pennsylvania ICL
    Regular Full-Time
    FLSA Status
    Minimum Salary
    USD $33,280.00/Yr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $33,280.00/Yr.
  • Overview


    To assist residents in their individual recovery process and to assist the program community in developing an environment that promotes recovery. To utilize your belief in and your own personal experience of recovery to encourage self-determination and engagement in meaningful community integrated activities.





    1. Provide training and assist in orientation of new employees to help staff understand and accept the concept of recovery and be supportive of a peer culture that promotes recovery.
    2. To educate all residents to the concept of recovery.
    3. Educate and engage residents in the Wellness Recovery Action Plan process.
    4. Facilitate self-help groups for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.
    5. Co-facilitate resident community meetings to nurture a peer support culture.
    6. Assist in the development and implementation of any other educational and support groups deemed beneficial by the program community.
    7. Assist residents in developing and practicing the skills defined on their psychiatric rehabilitation plans. This may include accompanying residents to appointments or leisure activities to provide support and encouragement.
    8. Link residents to community resources and peer supports in the community to promote community integration.
    9. Model and promote self-advocacy.
    10. Attend trainings on relevant topics such as recovery, substance abuse and psychiatric rehabilitation.
    11. Participate in all meetings, task forces or support groups designated by regulatory bodies and/or PATH.
    12. Share own experiences as a person in recovery.
    13. Keep supervisor and the treatment team informed of all potential problematic situations/concerns/issues in addition to individual resident strengths and achievements.
    14. Actively participate in team meetings and ensure a recovery perspective is a key component of all discussions.
    15. Complete all required documentation in a timely, legible manner.
    16. Be aware of and follow PATH policies and procedures including those regarding
    17. Participate in quality improvement and data gathering as assigned.
    18. Other related duties as assigned.

    General duties expected of Certified Peer Specialists

    Goal Setting and Attainment

    • Assist consumers in articulating personal goals for recovery and identifying steps they need to take to reach these goals.
    • Assist consumers in determining potential obstacles to meeting their goals.
    • Determine interventions based on consumers' goals; utilize such interventions to assist consumers in meeting their goals.
    • Observe progress consumers make toward meeting their goals and update goals as necessary.
    • General Support
    • Inform consumers about community and natural supports and how to utilize these in the recovery process.
    • Assist consumers in obtaining all benefits to which they're entitled and other services that suit their unique recovery needs.
    • Support the vocational choices consumers make and help them develop a plan to secure employment of their choosing.

    Role Model

    • Utilizing one's own recovery experience, teach and role model the value and uniqueness of every individual's recovery experience.
    • Model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.
    • Utilize and teach problem-solving techniques.
    • Teach consumers how to identify and combat negative self-talk.
    • Teach consumers how to identify and overcome fears.


    • Provide and advocate for effective recovery-based services and consumer use of self-directed recovery tools.
    • Assist consumers in developing empowerment skills through self-advocacy and stigma busting.

    Staying Current

    • Maintain a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the mental health field generally, and in the Montgomery County mental health system specifically, by reading newsletters, journals and other relevant material and attending area meetings.
    • Share recovery-oriented materials with other CPS's and non-consumer staff.
    • Attend required continuing education seminars, meetings and in-service
    • Health Choice CPS requires 18 hours yearly; 12 hours in recovery related topics




    • High School diploma/GED
    • Previous participation in MH System as recipient of services. Completion of County approved CPS training/certification program.


    • Experience with homelessness or housing challenges preferred.
    • Associates, Bachelors or Masters preferred.



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