Peer Support Specialist Job Description

Peer Support Specialist Job Description 422X320 20201113

January 12th, 2021

Peer support specialists offer guidance and support to people who are struggling with substance abuse, psychological trauma, or mental health disorders. They generally have first-hand experience with similar traumatic events or circumstances and work closely with a variety of professionals to provide counseling and rehabilitation.

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We are seeking a compassionate peer support specialist to assist and guide our clients. In this role, you will be required to conduct regular one-on-one support meetings, develop recovery strategies, coordinate client schedules and logistics, and respond to any emergencies as needed.

To ensure success as a peer support specialist, you should be empathetic and possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills. A top-notch peer support specialist should be able to easily identify warning signs in clients and provide effective interventions and emotional support.

Peer Support Specialist Responsibilities:

  • Responding to call-outs and client emergencies as needed.
  • Meeting with clients regularly to offer one-on-one support and counseling.
  • Developing recovery plans, coping methods, and rehabilitation strategies with the client.
  • Arranging medical appointments, therapy sessions, support groups, and other resources to aid the client.
  • Monitoring the client's behavior, schedule, medication, and activities.
  • Reporting any unusual behavior, conflicts, or recovery deviations to the relevant professionals.
  • Liaising with family members and medical professionals regularly.
  • Coordinating the client's logistics such as medical appointments and therapy sessions, among others.
  • Conducting assessments and providing feedback to the client, medical professionals, and the family.
  • Generating recovery reviews and performance documents to track the rehabilitation process.

Peer Support Specialist Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Valid driver's license and own transport.
  • CIPSS or NCPS certification preferred.
  • A clear drug test and no involvement with substances.
  • At least one year's experience as a peer support specialist.
  • Lived experience with mental health conditions, substance abuse, or trauma.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly compassionate and attentive to detail.
  • Good knowledge of recovery resources such as the 12 step program and community support groups.
  • The ability to be on call for emergencies and work on weekends and public holidays.

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