Peer Support Specialist Job Description

Job details:

Salary
$15 – $16 an hour
Job Type
Contract

This position is ideal for a mental health professional with a high school diploma who also has lived experience. Being a certified peer support specialist is a requirement. Group facilitation experience is a must. Peer Support Specialists with 1+ years of working in the field of PSS and have experience leading groups are encouraged to apply. 

Preferred candidates for this position will have completed state-approved or national Peer Support Specialist Training and will have experience working in the field of peer support or are candidates who are mental health clinicians or graduate students who are studying psychology, counseling, or social work who also have lived experience with a mental health disorder. Candidates must be willing to communicate coping mechanisms with vicarious trauma, how they maintain self-care, and identify potential challenges working in this environment. 

The person for this position will be working for LIV Recovery Sober Living. We are a company that offers housing and recovery support services for individuals who suffer from substance use and mental health disorders.

Essential Functions:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must possess a training certificate for Peer Support Specialist or be a graduate student or practicing mental health clinician with lived experience
  • Minimum 1 year working as a Peer Support Specialist, in graduate school or one year as a practicing candidate or licensed mental health professional
  • High Familiarity with one or more of the following categories is required plus lived experience as a peer specialist: substance use disorder and homelessness
  • Must read, write, and orally communicate proficiently in English
  • Length of recovery: Minimum of 1 year of sobriety

Preferred qualifications for the facilitator candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology or master’s degree in social work, counseling, or psychology.
  • PSS certification (if not a master’s level clinician)
  • Three (3) years of experience working as a PSS or 1 year of clinical mental health experience
  • Knowledge of Trauma-Informed Care
  • Length of recovery: Minimum of two years of sobriety

Job Duties:

  • Build professional relationships with clients without the constraints of the traditional expert/patient or expert/family member role. The relationship will be built on mutuality founded on the key principles of hope, equality, respect, personal responsibility, and self-determination
  • Offer hope through the facilitator’s life experience by using personal stories in a conscious, deliberate, and professional way in the service of helping another
  • Promote recovery, wellness, and healthy lifestyle behaviors
  • Encourage active participation in managing symptoms and assist people with behavioral health issues to identify, encourage, and pursue changes they would like to make in an area of wellness
  • Provide support to achieve goals individually and in groups
  • Deliver peer-led evidence-based services that support individuals, set, and achieve goals, increase healthy lifestyle habits, maximize/prioritize their time with treatment professionals, reduce self-stigma and find or recover lost roles and goals in life 
  • Share strategies and skills for activation of self-care and personal advocacy 
  • Convey respect and empathy for the impact of the effects of a serious mental health challenge on all aspects of life and provide an empathic understanding of another’s situation through the shared experience of emotional and psychological distress and improvement.
  • Promotes, supports, and demonstrates the LIV Recovery mission, vision, and values through both behavior and job performance and adheres to policies, procedures, Compliance Plan, and Standards of Conduct on a day to day basis
  • Effectively interacts and communicates with other staff and clients
  • Regular and consistent attendance is required to perform essential functions of the job
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Other duties as assigned

Education/Experience/License/Certification:

  • High School Diploma
  • Peer Support Training Certificate, (required if not a graduate in a field of mental health studies)
  • Must be a current or former consumer of mental health and/or substance abuse services, plus have a minimum of 1-3years of recovery/participation in local or national consumer movement or demonstrable recovery expertise. 
  • Must have lived experience with dealing with one or more of the following: substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and homelessness.
Job Type: Contract
Job Location: St Louis

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