Certified Peer Specialist at Berks Counseling Center (Reading)

Employer Name:

Berks Counseling Center


Reading, PA


Certified Peer Specialist


40 Hours

Position Description:

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.

Essential Job Functions

  • Effectively assess consumers’ skills, strengths and needs that will support ongoing mental health recovery.
  • Develop and/or have input into the professional development of a treatment plan that will promote recovery.
  • Assist consumers in identifying Personal Medicine, writing Power Statements, and completion of the Common Ground Health Report.
  • Assist consumers in overcoming barriers to care.
  • Help identify resources and educate consumers about community social service supports that might be available.
  • Facilitate peer orientated skill development and education groups that promote consumer progress in office and community.
  • Provide input to the multidisciplinary team from a peer perspective.
  • Provide in home and community outreach to peers.
  • Facilitate referral services as necessary.
  • Educate consumers on available services and encourage involvement in same.
  • Document all services provided in a timely, accurate and professional manner and in which meets all licensing, regulatory, compliance, and organizational standards.
  • Promote the value of support services and to meet regularly, face to face, with consumers in a peer support role.
  • Participate in group functions and activities, along with clinical staff, that promote ongoing recovery.
  • Work collaboratively with clinical staff, family members, and other community providers.
  • Maintain a philosophy that is supportive of the hope for recovery for all persons and that is inherently focused on consumer strengths and opportunities.
  • Provide all data, reports, and information such as may be required the program.
  • Develop an understanding of trauma and how it impacts others.
  • Incorporate trauma informed practices into job duties and responsibilities, including interactions and communications with others.
  • Be an active member of BCC’s culture of caring through positive and engaging social interactions.
  • Perform all other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

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 (2) years recovery).
  • Bilingual: English/Spanish a plus.
  • Knowledge of or experience with trauma-informed approaches preferred.
  • Flexible schedule that requires some evenings hours.

Instructions on how to apply:

All positions are listed on our website: berkscounselingcenter.org/careers.
We look forward to seeing your application!