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Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)

Position Overview

The Certified Peer Specialist has experience as a recipient of mental health services and is willing to use and share his or her personal, practical experience and first-hand knowledge to the team and its clients. The Peer Specialist functions as a fully integrated team member providing expertise about the recovery process, symptom management, and the persistence required by clients to have a satisfying life.

Hours: Part-Time, 20 hours/week

Essential Job Responsibilities

• Provide peer counseling and support, drawing on common experiences as a peer, to provide guidance and encouragement to clients to take responsibility and actively participate in their own recovery.
• Provide side-by-side support and coaching to help client socialize (e.g. going with a client to the movies, grocery store, library, etc.) during program hours of operation.
• Support client participation in community self-help groups.
• Assist clients to plan and carry out leisure time activities in evenings, on weekends and holidays.
• Coach or teach basic individual living skills, such as food preparation and meal planning, laundry, bill payment, personal hygiene, etc.
• Transport clients to scheduled community activities or appointments.
• Provide education abut symptoms of mental illness to enable clients to identify their relapse symptoms or relapse triggers.
• Under the direction of the physician and nursing staff, work with clients to support individual choice and preference regarding medications.

Requirements

• Certified Peer Specialist Certification required.
• Must be a current or former recipient of mental health services and be willing to use and share his/her personal, practical experience of recovery with clients and staff members.
• Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and a FBI Criminal History Background Check required.

Penn Foundation is an equal opportunity employer