Peer Support Specialist-Decision Support Center at Berks Counseling Center (Reading)

Employer Name:

Berks Counseling Center




Peer Support Specialist-Decision Support Center


Flexible schedule that requires some evenings and occasional Saturdays

Position Description:

Berks Counseling Center – Job Description
Department: CLINICAL
Primary Location: BCC Creation/Revision Date: JUL 2017
General Summary
Certified Peer Specialist is an active member of the integrated care team. The peer specialist uses their own unique experiences to teach and support consumers in building skills and resources to facilitate individual recovery.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
 Knowledge of recovery and wellness philosophy and practice.
 Knowledge of issues faced by those who experience serious mental illness. Life experience which increase the awareness of the needs of adults with serious mental illness.
 Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
 Ability to establish effective working relationships with staff, community partners, and consumers.
 Ability to recognize and be sensitive to cultural and ethnic difference.
 Ability to safely perform essential job functions, with or without reasonable accommodations.
 Ability to navigate the computer system.
Essential Job Functions
1. Provide services to consumers participating in the Decision Support Center as part of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) agency.
2. Assist consumers in identifying Personal Medicine, writing Power Statements, and completion of the CommonGround Health Report.
3. Provide in home and community outreach to peers.
4. Educate consumers re: available services and encourage involvement in same.
5. Promote the value of support services and to meet regularly, face to face, with consumers in a peer support role.
6. Participate in group functions and activities, along with clinical staff, that promote ongoing recovery.

Job Requirements:

Peer Certification required.

Self-identified current or past consumer of mental health services- having received services under of the state priority group categories required. May have a dual substance use disorder (with at least two years recovery).

Valid PA Driver’s License and the ability to drive, travel, and provide community-oriented services preferred. Bilingual: English/Spanish a plus.

Flexible schedule that requires some evenings and occasional Saturday hours.

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:

Please email resume if interested.

Contact Person: Patty Bell