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Peer Specialist Job
Job Number: GHI7723
Job Title: Peer Specialist
Department: IHH 3281 Pawtucket Team B - 5303281
Facility: Gateway Healthcare Inc.
Location: Pawtucket, RI
Must have completed, OR, be currently enrolled in a Peer Specialist Certification program offered through the State of RI with intent to complete certification exam.
Self-identified current or former user of mental health or co-occurring services who can relate to other who are not using those services. Have personal experience and knowledge of recovery. High school diploma or GED required with proficiency in reading and writing.
Have maintained, within the last three (3) years, at least 12 month of successful full or part time paid or voluntary work experience (not necessarily consecutive) or one year post-secondary education totaling 24 credit hours.
Have completed and passed a Peer Specialist certification program approved by the Department.
As a Peer Specialist, you would provide direct mental health service to clients in an emergency crisis, inpatient, outpatient, community support program and residential settings. You would serve as a role model for clients and educate clients about self-help techniques and self-help group process; teach them effective coping strategies, sometimes based on personal experience assist them in clarifying their goals for rehabilitation and recover; and help them to develop support systems. As a Peer Specialist you would perform a range of tasks designed to assist clients in regaining personal control over their lives and over their own recovery processed. You tasks would focus on facilitating the development of self-help skills, support systems, coping strategies and the increased hope and self-esteem that are central to recovery from psychiatric disability.