Certified Peer Specialist – ACT at Berks Counseling Center (Reading)

Employer Name:

Berks Counseling Center

Location:

Reading, PA

Position:

Certified Peer Specialist - ACT

Hours:

40 per week

Position Description:

Berks Counseling Center – Job Description
Position Title: Certified Peer Specialist Classification: E3
Department: ACT Salary Range: To be discussed
Accountability: ACT Clinical Program Director FLSA Status: EXEMPT
Primary Location: BCC – Community Based Status: FULL TIME
Creation/Revision Date: June 2015
General Summary
The Certified Peer Specialist serves as an integral member of a multidisciplinary treatment team that provides mental health, social service and other supports to a population of transition age youth with SMI. The primary role of the peer is to model, mentor and support the client’s recovery efforts.
Minimum Qualifications
Peer Specialist Certification required. Must have at least one year experience working in a behavioral health setting. Must have at least two years continuous personal recovery and be willing to share that recovery experience with others. Must be willing to work in home and in community, work well with and understand the needs of a transition age populations, and be able to work well in a team oriented setting. Must be able express self well both orally and in writing. Must have a valid PA Drivers License and the ability to drive and travel. Bi-Lingual: English/Spanish Preferred.
To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill, and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
 Knowledge of the ACT model and the willingness and ability to work within the evidence based framework of that model.
 Ability to understand transitional age populations with severe and persistent mental illness.
 Ability to assist the consumer in identifying appropriate treatment plan goals and action steps.
 Knowledge and belief in the principles of recovery and the ability and willingness to implement recovery driven supports.
 Knowledge and belief in the principles of integrated care and a willingness and ability to assist consumers in identifying and meeting health and wellness goals.
 Ability and willingness to share one’s own story in a way that promotes hope and recovery.
 Ability to work well with diverse, low income, high risk populations and provide culturally competent care.
 Ability to complete clinical documentation in a timely manner and in full compliance with organizational standards.
 Skill in using Microsoft Office and Microsoft Outlook and ability to learn new software programs that support project efforts.
 Ability to type and navigate electronic health records.
 Skill in time management and ability to maintain direct service hours of 65-75% direct service.
 Skill in problem solving and conflict resolution within a team oriented approach to care.
 Ability to work collaboratively with the larger organization and abide by all policies, procedures and practices.
 Ability to demonstrate a commitment to the provision of compassionate, patient-centered care supportive of the patient’s own goals , strengths and preferences.
 Ability to represent the program professionally within the community.
 Ability to work independently and establish self directed goals.
 Ability to follow written and oral instructions and complete assigned tasks.
 Ability to organize time in such a way that daily expectations are achieved.
 Ability and willingness to drive , travel, and provide community oriented services.
Essential Job Functions
1. To effectively assess consumers’ skills, strengths and needs that will support ongoing mental health recovery.
2. To develop and /or have input into the professional development of a treatment plan that will promote recovery.
3. To work collaboratively with the consumer, soliciting his/her input in all aspects of services.
4. To work collaboratively with family members and other natural supports in the provision of care.
5. To help consumers overcome barriers to care.
6. To help identify resources and educate consumers about community social service supports that might be available.
7. To run peer oriented skill development and education groups that promote consumer progress in office and in community
8. To provide input to the multidisciplinary team from a peer perspective.
9. To maintain a flexible schedule, that includes evenings and weekends, and assures all clients receive needed services in a manner that is responsive to crises and changing needs at any given time.
10. To provide crisis coverage under the direction and support of the Team Leader inclusive of community based crisis calls and hospital diversion efforts off hours.
11. To facilitate referral services as necessary.
12. To document all services provide in a timely, accurate and professional manner that meets all licensing, regulatory, compliance, and organizational standards.
13. To seek the support and guidance of other specialties, the ACT Clinical Program Director, and the psychiatrist as needed.
14. To attend all supervision and meetings as established by the Team Leader.
15. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Physical Requirements
SEEING: Must be able to see well enough to read reports and use computer. Must be able to see well enough to drive an agency vehicle.
HEARING: Must be able to hear well enough to communicate to clients, vendors and coworkers. Must be able to hear well enough to drive an agency vehicle.
MOBILITY: Must have mobility to move about the agency. Must have mobility to move about the community.
LIFTING/PULLING PUSHING: Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
OTHER: Must be able to write, type and use technology.
Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed, but are not to be seen as a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Also, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of Berks Counseling Center. Berks Counseling Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Requirements:

Peer Specialist Certification required. Must have at least one year experience working in a behavioral health setting. Must have at least two years continuous personal recovery and be willing to share that recovery experience with others. Must be willing to work in home and in community, work well with and understand the needs of a transition age populations, and be able to work well in a team oriented setting. Must be able express self well both orally and in writing. Must have a valid PA Drivers License and the ability to drive and travel. Bi-Lingual: English/Spanish Preferred.
To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill, and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made.

Instructions on how to apply:

Submit resume to hr@berkscc.org