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Peer Specialist - PES (Emergency Department)

Description

Peer Specialists are individuals with a personal lived experience of Mental health or a Substance use disorder who provide non-clinical support as a fully integrated treatment team member and educator for staff. They are role models of recovery values and principles. Peer specialists help others to identify and understand the barriers to treatment and recovery, situations that lead to crisis, as well as the strengths and personal wellness tolls needed for individual recovery growth and maintenance for individuals receiving services from inpatient or outpatient programs.
 
The Emergency Department at Western Psych consists of a multidisciplinary team with focus on engagement and patient care. 
 
This schedule consists of varying/rotating shifts including day, evening, overnight. The dress code consists of black and wine colored scrubs.

Responsibilities:
  • Provide peer support services to consumers in the program setting, community, or in the consumer's home--as directed by Supervisor.

  • Accompany consumers at various community support meetings or events whenever it is appropriate and provide follow-up services to consumers in a 1 to 1 setting, by phone, or by mobile visits.

  • Advocate for consumers and for the recovery message by actively participating in staff meetings, treatment team meetings, etc. and appropriately interjecting the consumer viewpoint and recovery goals.

  • Demonstrates knowledge and application of Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Personal Medicine, and Mental Health Advanced Directives documents and being able to share own recovery experience.

  • Maintain appropriate boundaries, as described peer orientation trainings.

  • Assist consumers in identifying natural supports and resources in the community and educate consumers on how to utilize them in the recovery process.

  • Monitor consumer progress with recovery goals and provide feedback as appropriate to consumer, family members, and clinical staff.

  • Assist consumers in recovery management, including identifying recovery goals, barriers to achieving these goals and strategies to meeting goals.

  • Ability to effectively run a Group

  • Maintain all required paperwork and documentation in a timely manner, as directed by Supervisor.

  • Teach problem solving and social skills to consumers individually or in a group setting, through role modeling, coaching, and skill building in such areas as money management, transportation use, time management, etc.

 

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Certified Peer Specialist or Certified Recovery Specialist certification is preferred.
  • Have lived experience and a self-disclosed primary mental health diagnosis, having experienced the recovery process, and willing to share experiences to the benefit of consumers served.
  • Basic understanding of mental health and co-occurring disorder conditions or substance use that interfere with the activities of daily living and mental health wellness.
  • Progressed in own recovery and have basic understanding of the recovery principles: Hope, Personal Responsibility, Empowerment Skills, Self-Advocacy, Educational Opportunities, and the importance of using personal and Community Supports.
  • Strong Peer Engagement Skills
  • Able to articulate to consumers, families, and to interested stakeholders that peer support is a non-clinical service to promote recovery wellness.
  • Entry-level competency using a computer, including email use and Microsoft Word

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal
 
UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran
 
***Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.***

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