PAY RANGE: 8
CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST
This is mental health support work in the Department of Behavioral Health Intellectual Disability Services, providing person-centered peer support services to adults with mental illness to aid in recovery, community integration and employment processes. Employees in this class are responsible for serving as an advocate, providing recovery and wellness information and assisting in the identification of program services to individuals with mental illnesses to aid in their recovery process. Employees collaborate with other units to provide support for individuals living with mental health challenges by lending their insight and providing peer support in a variety of settings. Guiding the development of a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), aiding in the identification of goals for recovery and wellness and assisting in the development and delivery of transformational training to a diverse population is a significant aspect of the work. Work is performed under the close supervision of the Health Program Analysis Supervisor.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be
allocated to this class.)
1. Positions must be located in the Department of Behavioral Health Intellectual Disability Services.
2. Employees must perform mental health support work in the Department of Behavioral Health Intellectual Disability Services, providing person-centered peer support services to adults with mental illness to aid in recovery, community integration and employment processes.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
Attends and facilitates Peer Networking meetings; meets with individuals with mental health challenges to assess and document information regarding mental health; assists peers with identifying goals and objectives and developing plans to attain objectives; assists with the development of the initial stages of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP); provides and advocates for effective recovery based services; teaches techniques for identifying and combating negative self-talk; assists in setting objectives; assists in identifying barriers; identifies appropriate support system and trainings; provides information on community agencies and supports and aids in utilizing these in the recovery process; provides coaching to achieve goals; identifies working opportunities and makes recommendations to supervisor to finalize the Wellness Recovery Action Plan.
Attends networking meetings to provide support and information on Peer Services and WRAP initiatives; supports employed Peer Services Coordinators and external agencies in identifying workplace obstacles; supports non-consumer staff in identifying program environments that are conducive to recovery; lends unique insight into mental illness and mental health recovery; coordinate and deliver transformation trainings to a diverse population, including behavioral health professionals and persons with lived experiences;
Organizes and assists in preparing training materials; prepares presentations for use in facilitating comprehension and training retention; schedules and prepares classroom environment; set up audio-visual equipment; maintains registrations and records of training sessions; reviews participant evaluations; coordinates and communicates with department staff to discuss ongoing issues regarding transformation trainings; leads trainings as required.
Attends treatment team meetings to promote use of self-directed recovery tools; attends continuing education sessions, seminars, and in-service trainings.
Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
· principles and practices of recovery
· the meaning and role of peer support
· basic definition and dynamics of recovery
· the role of peer support at each stage of the recovery process
· basic philosophy and principles of psychosocial rehabilitation
· the elements of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan
· demonstrating sensitivity to mental health issues
· create and facilitate a variety of group actives that support mental health recovery
· understand and complete documentation required by state agencies
· learn and implement the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health practice guidelines for recovery and resilience oriented treatment
· facilitate identifying strengths and recovery and wellness goals
· recognize and report progress made toward meeting recovery objectives
· support consumers in creating a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
· utilize and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and groups
· interact sensitively and effectively with individuals with mental health challenges
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards that will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 3/14.)
Current certification as a Certified Peer Specialist by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
One year of experience providing peer support to individuals with mental health challenges in the City’s Department of Behavioral Health Intellectual Disability Services.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources that has included certification as a Certified Peer Specialist by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATES
Current Certification as a Certified Peer Specialist by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania at the time of application and during tenure as a Certified Peer Specialist.
CSC – 1/14
Ad. Board – 3/14