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Peer Support Specialist $1500 Sign on Bonus

Company: Center for Human Development
Location: Holyoke
Posted on: August 8, 2022

Job Description:

The Peer Support Specialist uses their own unique lived experience in order to support and advocate for those who have had similar life-disrupting challenges, such as psychiatric diagnoses, trauma histories, homelessness, or problems with substance use. RESPONSIBILITIESUtilizes their own lived experience and recovery story in order to inspire hope and advocate for change.Provides emotional support and self-advocacy, utilizing the principles outlined by the Peer Code of Ethics and Intentional Peer Support core competencies.Shares information about community resources, including other peer-run groups, housing and benefit resources, and community eventsAccompanies and facilitates people's engagement in community activities and resources of their choice, including but not limited to connections with the Recovery Learning CommunityUpon the request of the individual supported, the Peer Specialist offers support and advocacy in treatment settings such as at Community Service Plan meetings or other appointmentsMaintains confidential information within the teamResponds to requests for information and phone calls in a timely fashion within hours providedNotifies supervisory staff immediately in the event of a crisis or incident in the program or with participantsREQUIREMENTSMust have direct lived experience with psychiatric diagnoses, trauma histories, homelessness, problems with substance and/or other life-disrupting events. The ideal Peer Support Specialist will have strong interpersonal skills, empathy for others, demonstrated commitment to supporting those with significant needs, flexibility and a sense of humor. They must also be able to work well within both a team model and independently. They must also possess reliability and the ability to learn about and observe rules of confidentiality and ethics. Completion of the Certified Peer Specialist training and computer skills strongly preferred but not mandatory. Other peer-based training such as Intentional Peer Support, Alternatives To Suicide, and Hearing Voices Network Facilitator training a plus. We offer supervisory support, regular team gatherings, and ongoing training for professional growth. Advancement opportunities are available within the CHD structure.Spanish speaking or other bilingual candidates encouraged to apply.Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Keywords: Center for Human Development, Springfield , Peer Support Specialist $1500 Sign on Bonus, Other , Holyoke, Massachusetts

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