Peer Counselor-Part-Time

Institute for Community Living
Full time Full day
Brooklyn, NY

Overview


Under the general supervision of the Team Leader/Program Supervisor or designee, Peer Specialists serve as role models, educate recipients about self-help techniques and self-help group processes, teach effective coping strategies based on personal experience, teach symptom management skills, assist in clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals and assist in the development of community support systems and networks.


Responsibilities


ESSENTIAL TASKS:



  • Travels to/visits recipients' residences to provide supportive services on a schedule established by the program. Counsels recipients regarding plans for meeting service needs, and aids the recipients to mobilize inner capabilities and environmental resources to attain goals.

  • Educates recipients about self-help techniques and self-help group processes

  • Teaches recipients effective coping strategies based on personal experience

  • Teaches symptom management skills

  • Assists in clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals.

  • Assists in maintaining up-to-date, accurate individual case records on each assigned recipient.

  • Assists in obtaining and developing resource information for recipients in all aspects of their care; disseminates this information to recipients in a manner that is clear and understandable.

  • Assist the recipient in meeting service plan goals.

  • Helps facilitate individualized services to the recipient that meet the diverse needs of the recipient and focus on the discharge-planning goal


Qualifications


MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:



  • Completion of an internship or comparable training in peer advocacy; experience in providing advocacy services to people who are mentally ill and/or homeless .

  • Past or current recipient of mental health, substance services or homeless services preferred.

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