Certified Peer Specialist in Havertown, PA at Child Guidance Resource Centers, Inc.

Date Posted: 2/17/2021

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Job Description


The Adult Services  P.H.R.I.E.N.D. Program Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is a direct care that provides flexible, community based services that are designed to promote the stability, recovery and community integration of individuals who have a mental illness.   The CPS works with individuals in their community environment assisting them in their recovery through self disclosure, instilling a sense of hope, encouragement, and vision in the future. The CPS assists clients to: better understand their mental illness; promote self-advocacy; develop interpersonal skills and social support/networks; reinforce budgeting skills to allow greater independence in management of funds; develop leisure and recreational activity planning skills; integrate with self-help support groups and other community avenues toward advancing their personal recovery objectives.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Carry out the daily routine of individualized engagement activities with individuals utilizing recovery concepts that include sharing personal recovery experiences, developing a peer relationship that encourages hope in the future, and maximum participation in the community with focus on community integration (e.g., work, school, relationships, physical activities, self-directed hobbies and interests, etc.).
  • Assists the person in identifying and valuing his unique strengths, abilities and assets, and how to best utilize them to achieve their goals.
  • Works in concert with person and case manager around recovery goal development and planning, including: a) assist individual to define personal interests and goals in relation to recovery and to getting the life they want in the community; b) provide education on  WRAP to assist recovering individuals in developing their own plans for advancing their recovery.
  • Provides daily information and feedback regarding individual’s behavior, attitude and physical condition, as a part of participation in the treatment planning process and in Team meetings.
  • Serve as a role model and promote self-advocacy so that recovering individuals have a voice that is fully heard in ensuring their needs, goals, and objectives are central in their dealings with provider agencies.  
  • Participates in the identification of community resources that support each individual’s goals and interests.
  • Liaison with community groups/agencies that promote recovery, along with other team members, to ensure individual access to and participation by: a) discussing possible matches and opportunities that coincide with the person’s interests; b) link to self-help and mutual support groups; c) accompany individuals to various community providers to familiarize them with potential resources; d) teach individuals the skills needed to effectively and successfully utilize resources;, and e) coach to enable independent use of resources.   
  • Accompany individuals to appointments (medical, dental, financial, entitlements, court, and probation, etc.) to provide support and assistance, if requested.
  • Attend in-service and other training in order to meet mandated training hours.
  • Read/complete required paperwork documentation in timely manner.
  • Adhere to a flex schedule which allows for evening and weekend hours as may be required to respond to individual needs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Experience and skill

  • Successful completion of Certified Peer Specialist training; AND 
  • Passing of certification examination;
  • Registered with Pennsylvania Certification Board; 
  • High School Diploma (or equivalent); OR
  • Minimum 12 months successful full or part time paid or voluntary work experience; OR 
  • Minimum 24 credit hours of post-secondary education within past 3 years; AND
  • Knowledge and use of public transportation system;
  • Act 33/34 and FBI clearances;
  • Knowledge of W.R.A.P.;
  • Patience, creativity, flexibility, compassion, and sensitivity to persons with disabilities and other minority populations;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills, as well as computer literacy;
  • Must be a current or former recipient of mental health services for 2 years or more and have achieved at least one year in recovery;
  • Ability to work with diverse populations including clients and colleagues in critical and emergency situations;
  • Sensitive to cultural, economic, gender, and sexual orientation differences.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • College degree in Human Services or related field

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Valid Driver’s License

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a part-time position working a minimum of 20 hours per week. Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings, & weekends. Combination of hours worked will vary.  

It is the policy of Child Guidance Resource Centers to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.   Child Guidance Resource Centers employs, retains, promotes, terminates and otherwise treats any and all employees and job applicants on the basis of merit, qualifications and competence.