Peer Specialist Job

Job Number: GHI10399

Job Title: Peer Specialist - 40 hours/week

Department: IHH 3285 Johnston Team C - 5303285

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.

High School Diploma or GED. Certified Peer Specialist or willing to complete and pass the Peer Specialist Certificate program, approved by the Department, within a year of hire. Be 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 demonstrated 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.
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. Your 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.