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Certified Peer Specialist-ACT Team

Program Overview

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a team treatment model designed to provide mobile psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation and support to persons with mental illness in natural settings of home, work and community.

Position Overview

The 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: Full-time (Pottstown) or Part-time (Sellersville)

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 clients 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 on evening, 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 about 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.
  • Maintain productivity standards as established regarding % of time spent in direct client contact.
  • Document each contact with a client in case note according to program standards.

Requirements

  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s degree with major course work in sociology, social work, psychology, gerontology, anthropology, political science, criminal justice, theology, nursing, counseling or education is preferred but not required.
  • Must be a current or former recipient of mental health services.
  • Certification as Peer Specialist required upon hire or within 1 year of employment.
  • A 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