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Job Title: Clackamas MHC Peer Support Specialist

Job Site:  Clackamas MHC (Mental Health Center) in Clackamas County

FTE: 1.0 FTE or 40 hours/week

Position Summary: The Peer Support Specialist facilitates the development of recovery skills. The Peer Support Specialist provides opportunities for individuals to direct their own recovery process and support the learning and utilization of skills needed to foster recovery. The Peer Support Specialist will be knowledgeable of available service options, will promote the utilization of natural support systems, will facilitate the development of a sense of wellness and self-worth, and will work with a treatment team to promote the goals of the person in services. This position will work with multiple teams out of Clackamas MHC supporting people who are experiencing mental health distress.

Major Duties:

  • Act as a role model to persons in recovery to inspire hope and share life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
  • Identify recovering person’s abilities, strengths and assets and assist them to recognize and use them.
  • Identify barriers to full participation and focus on strategies to overcome them.
  • Assist individuals in learning to recognize early triggers and signs of relapse and use their individual coping strategies as an alternative to more structured services.
  • Co-facilitate meetings with teams of people in recovery to create a peer support and accountability culture.
  • Work successfully and collaboratively with professional staff while promoting the value added work of peer mentoring and client self-determination in the mental health services model. Actively participate in team meetings and promote a recovery perspective as a key component of all discussions.
  • Support individuals transitioning through the criminal justice system or who are at risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system
  • Address gender specific trauma and/or life stressors that are impacting individuals in their recovery
  • Encourage people to engage in community support programs, 12-step programs, and the life enrichment activities
  • Complete all required documentation in a timely manner.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Be able to develop trusting relationships with peers and staff.
  • Be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing big feelings.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Competent with computers for word processing, internet, email and social media or able to learn these skills.

Requirements:

  • Complete a 40-hour Oregon approved peer support training
  • Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer: “any individual who has similar life experience, either as a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services, or as a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.”
  • 1+ year experience as a peer support specialist or 1+ year experience working/volunteering in a helping profession
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening
  • Ability to report to work reliably and in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to drive, have a car and ability use your personal vehicle for work related purposes. We do reimburse at $0.58/mile

Preferred but not required:

  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
  • U.S. Military veteran
  • Experience working with individuals with a mental health diagnosis
  • Lived experience and understanding of the unique difficulties of those who are transient or experiencing homelessness
  • Lived experience and understanding of recovering from substance dependency

Salary and Benefits:

Position includes health, vision and dental benefits. Salary is competitive with prorated Paid Time Off (PTO).

Application Process for External Candidates: Submit a cover letter and resume by email to Shannon Farr (sfarr@folktime.org). In your cover letter, please address the following: “Please explain how you would draw on your own experiences both personal and professional in order to support others who are experiencing a mental health crisis.”


Job Title: On-Call Peer Support

Job Site: Unity Center for Behavioral Health

Folktime’s Peer Support program offers peer support to individuals who are utilizing services at Unity Center for Behavioral Health, and can serve as a role model as someone who personally identifies as a peer and has traveled similar roads of distress, discomfort, and trauma. Peer Support specialists will promote a recovery oriented support system that focuses on hope, choice, personal responsibility, and self-determination and will promote this orientation in all aspects of the work. Engagement will support participants in developing recovery skills, building natural support systems, engaging in positive activities, and utilizing resources and support services in the community. Peer Support specialists will meet individuals within Unity, and will support individuals during their stay. Peer Support Specialist work with individuals will be driven by the participants’ recovery needs and interests, and support will occur in both group and individual settings.

The On-Call Peer Support Specialist will pick up shifts as requested by the Unity Peer Program Supervisor during Peer Programs operating hours to cover both planned and unplanned absences of regular program staff, and meet programmatic requirements for coverage at Unity.

Major Duties:

  • Act as a role model to persons in recovery to inspire hope and share life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process
  • Identify recovering person’s abilities, strengths and assets and assist them to recognize and use them
  • Identify barriers to full participation and focus on strategies to overcome them
  • Assist individuals in learning to recognize activations and signs of relapse and support the use the individual’s coping strategies as an alternative to more structured services
  • Co-facilitate meetings with teams of people in recovery to create a peer support and accountability culture.
  • Work successfully and collaboratively with professional staff while promoting the value added work of peer mentoring and client self-determination in the mental health services model. Actively participate in team meetings and promote a recovery perspective as a key component of all discussions
  • Encourage people to engage in community support programs, 12-step programs, and life enrichment activities
  • Complete all required documentation in a timely manner

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships with peers and staff
  • Be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental illness.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Competent with computers for word processing, internet, email and social media or able to learn these skills

Requirements:

  • Complete a 40-hour Oregon approved peer support training
  • Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer: “any individual who has similar life experience, either as a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services, or as a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.”
  • 1+ year experience as a peer support specialist or 1+ year experience working/volunteering in a helping profession
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening
  • Ability to report to work reliably and in a timely fashion.

Preferred but not required:

  • Certified Recovery Mentor
  • Bachelors or advanced degree
  • U.S. Military veteran
  • Experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness
  • Verbal fluency in Spanish

Salary and Benefits: Salary starts at $16.50 per hour with prorated Paid Time Off (PTO) and benefits. Benefits package includes health, vision and dental insurance.

Application Process: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to nmorris-judd@folktime.org

In your cover letter, please address the following:

“Please explain how you would draw on your own experiences both personal and professional in order to support others who are experiencing mental health distress.”