Peer Advocate/Training Facilitator at Community Advocates (Montgomery County)

Employer Name:

Community Advocates


Montgomery County


Peer Advocate/Training Facilitator


10-15 hours a week, flexible hours

Position Description:

Community Advocates of Montgomery County, PA, an affiliate of Hopeworx, Inc., is seeking applicants
for a new position that will provide mentorship, leadership and training facilitation opportunities. The
position requires the facilitation of two advocacy trainings developed exclusively for and by Community
Advocates and includes:

  • a 14-week class held in the community for men and women who have experienced mental health
    and justice related issues
  •  a one-day self-advocacy training held four times a year

The 14-week class called “It’s T.I.M.E.” has been offered to men at the Montgomery County
Correctional Facility (MCCF) once a week for the past seven years. The class has also been conducted
in the community at behavioral health centers. The new class will be held in the community. The class
title stands for “Think, Identify, Make changes and Enter a new life” and is led by a peer with
experience in mental health and criminal justice issues. Participants in the class are encouraged to
educate themselves about criminogenic needs or risk factors for incarceration, identify ways to change
thinking habits and make plans for reentry so they can succeed when returning to the community.
Understanding mental health, addiction and trauma are key outcomes for the class participants.

The Community Advocates Self-Advocacy Curriculum has been offered to peers, family members and
provider staff for more than 10 years at various locations throughout the county. More than 1,200
individuals have completed the training which is held 4 times a year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates 14-week justice and recovery class in the community
  • Assists individuals in solving problems regarding mental health and criminal justice issues
  • Assists in facilitating Community Advocates’ “Self-Advocacy Training”
  • Participates with the advocacy team in planning and creating goals and activities
  • Provides written documentation on work completed with individuals
  • Participates in workshops, trainings and outreach with team members

Job Requirements:

Minimum of a high school diploma or GED, plus work experience in and knowledge of the mental
health system. Completion of Montgomery County’s Certified Peer Specialist Program is required.
Completion of the state’s Forensic Peer Support Training strongly recommended. Individuals with
personal experience with the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.

Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are required. Ability to problem solve and work
with others. Good organizational skills and computer skills. Experience facilitating support groups,
workshops or classes. Ability to effectively share your own experience to help others.

Characteristics for effective advocacy:

  • The ability to actively listen to what someone else says they need, without judging.
  • The belief that the person in need truly knows what he/she needs since each of us is the expert on
  • The ability and willingness to work with others in an organized and cooperative way toward a
    shared goal.
  • The compassion to care about more than just his/her own situation.
  • Investing time and energy in efforts to make things better rather than just criticizing “the ways
    things are.”
  • The belief that he/she can make a difference rather than waiting for someone else to “do
    something” to improve the system.

Instructions on how to apply:

Interviews will be held starting January 16, 2018.

Send resume to:
Kim Renninger, Director | Community Advocates of Montgomery County
1210 Stanbridge Street, Suite 600 | Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: 610-270- 0375 | Fax: 610-270- 9155
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