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Goodwill Redwood Empire serves Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties. Our mission: Changing lives and strengthening communities through the dignity and power of work.  We provide vocational rehabilitation and habilitation services, such as job counseling, job training, and work experience, to unemployed and underemployed persons, persons with disabilities and persons who have a job market disadvantage because of lack of education, job skill, or experience.
 
POSITION TITLE:    Peer Support Specialist
STATUS:                   Non-Exempt
DEPARTMENT:        Workforce Development
 
1.         CHARACTERISTICS OF THE JOB:
Under supervision, the Peer Specialist provides support and wellness/recovery services to peers (consumers of mental health services) at the Wellness & Advocacy Center and in the community.
                                                                                                                                              
2.         PROVIDES SUPERVISION TO:  None
 
3.         RESPONSIBILITIES-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Work one-to one with members to encourage goal-setting and progress.
  • Conduct self-help, support, and educational groups as a peer facilitator.
  • Use a strengths-based perspective with members to encourage self-determination, empowerment, personal growth and positive choices.
  • Actively seek out, socialize with, and offer support to prospective and current members.
  • Evaluate potential members’ suitability for Center services and conduct sign-up interviews.
  • Provide tours of the Center for Community members, providers and interested parties.
  • Become knowledgeable about disability resources and income benefits on the County, State, and Federal level.
  • Learn about local agencies and opportunities in the areas of housing/food/clothing/ employment/education/recreation/counseling and self-help groups outside the Center
  • Utilize the above knowledge to provide referrals and “warm handoffs” to local agencies and service providers.
  • Maintain a daily/monthly log to record one-to-one peer counseling and resource assistance given to members.
  • Investigate and inform staff on current and innovative peer self-help practices.
  • Participate in one-to-one instruction, group trainings, webinars, and conferences related to peer specialist work.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 
4.         ANCILLARY FUNCTIONS
  • Adhere to all company policies and procedures
  • Conduct self in a professional and courteous manner at all times
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned by your supervisor.
5.         QUALIFICATIONS
  • Self-identification as a mental health services consumer.
  • Comprehensive training on Peer Counseling techniques (with instructor recommendation), and/or:1+ year experience as a volunteer or paid staff  in mental health or related field.
  • 1+ year in-depth self-recovery work and (if applicable) abstinence from substance abuse.
  • Interpersonal flexibility and excellent social skills.
  • Dedication to preserving and advancing the rights and abilities of persons with lived mental health experience.
  • Willingness to accept supervision, training, and a continual learning process.
  • Ongoing commitment to own mental health recovery and personal growth.
  • Computer and Internet literacy (working knowledge of MS Office suite preferred).
  • Active contribution to a warm friendly and positive environment.
  • Communicate effectively in person, on the phone, and via email.
  • Work consistently as a participating team member.
  • Knowledge of the client/consumer self-help movement.
  • Knowledge of the purpose, population and mission of the Wellness and Advocacy Center.
 
6.         WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Clean office environment, temperate climate, overhead lighting, and low to moderate noise level.
 
7.         PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Standing/sitting intermittently throughout day. Continuous and repetitive grasping and finger movements to use computer. Physical bending/stooping/lifting/walking. Vehicle  travel, visual and hearing skills required.
 
8.         IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:
            Assistant Manager


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Department: WFD - Workforce Development
This is a part-time position

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