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Peer Counselor

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Institute For Community Living Queens Village , NY 11427

Posted 3 months ago



This is a direct care position assigned to the Residential Transition Support teams. Workers in this job category perform a wide variety of tasks related to the care, support, education, socialization, habilitation, recovery/healing, safety, security, and support of adults diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse disorder who are transitioning to various levels of independent housing setting.

These tasks focus on supporting, instructing, and assisting recipients of services to develop the skills needed to live, be educated, work, and socialize successfully in the community environments of their choice and also in maintaining a safe, environment. In addition, workers also advocate for clients and support families or other caregivers in their efforts to assist these individuals.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions unless this causes undue hardship to the agency.

Ensure the safety of the consumers in their housing, and in their community-based activities of daily living. Supports consumers in their efforts to attain their goals, in accordance with their individual support plan.Conduts home visits as assigned.Immediately reports serious incidents, serious incident allegations, incidents, missing persons, deaths, crimes, or sensitive situations to supervisors in accordance with ICL policy and procedures.Explains the types of services, recreational activities and other programs available to consumers, instructs the consumer in daily living skills, socialization skill enhancement and conflict resolution.

Assists consumers with identifying and consolidating their ties to both formal and informal support systems in the community.Adheres to program policy on securing the safety and well-being of consumers.Assists and instructs individuals in attending to personal hygiene, grooming, nutrition and daily living.Attends and participates in team meetings to both give and receive information on persons served. Attends supervisory and staff meetings.Observes the physical environment and assists consumers with housekeeping tasks as necessary to ensure the maintenance of a safe, clean, comfortable environment.Provides information and support in selection of food for a healthy diet.Accompanies consumers on regularly scheduled or emergency visits to medical treatment facilities, social agencies, social activities, government offices, or other locations associated with the treatment or assistance of the consumer.Expected to comply with attendance rules and to report to work as scheduled and/or required on a regular basis. Must have availability and ability to work beyond the normal schedule as needed.Complies with all required in-service training, and staff development activities.May provide monitoring of medications post receiving medication training. May assist consumers who are on a monitored medication regime post receiving medication training.Assists in the filing of missing person reports on consumers not accounted for in accordance with Institute for Community Living policy and procedure.Observe individuals' behavior and specific responses to support services and medication and reports observations orally and/or in writing, including computer entries, as instructed and in accordance with applicable standards.May lead skills development or activity groups with individuals and families as appropriate.May assist and supervise individuals in meal preparation, laundry, and light housekeeping tasks.Other job related duties that may be assigned.


Basic knowledge of mental illness and serious emotional disturbances and substance abuse disorders.Basic knowledge of treatment, rehabilitation, and community support programs as they relate to consumers/residents, families, and staff.Basic knowledge of routine clinical procedures and medications.

Basic knowledge of techniques for identifying and preventing potentially violent behavior, including crisis management techniques.


Ability to work with consumers, families, and staff in a caring and respectful manner, and with due understanding of and consideration for cultural differences.Serve as a role model to consumers.Ability to read and write at least at the secondary school level and to follow written and oral instructions.Ability to complete written forms and reports in an accurate and timely manner, manually and by computer.Ability to communicate effectively with staff, consumers, families, and the public.Ability to accompany or transport consumers (Some assignments may require possession of a valid driver's license).



Demonstrated interpersonal communications skills and the ability to empathize with, relate to and effectively work with recipients of mental health services AND completion of an internship or comparable training in peer advocacy, experience in providing advocacy services to people who are mentally ill and/or homeless or active participation in mental health self-help activities, peer support or peer advocacy programs, recipient run organizations or similar experiences or programs.

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