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Peer Specialist

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Conroe , TX 77305

Posted 3 months ago

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Peer Specialists assist others diagnosed with mental illness or co-occurring disorders to achieve their personal recovery goals.

Three positions may be filled from this announcement. The positions are located at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. The positions are located in the Mental Health Care Line in the General Mental Health Clinic, in the Substance Disorder Treatment Program, and in the Trauma Recovery Program.

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Responsibilities

Peer Specialists function as interdisciplinary team members, assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation treatment program. They perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks that include assisting their peers in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, assisting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the specialist's own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services. Peer Specialists will assist others diagnosed with mental illness or co-occurring disorders to achieve their personal recovery goals by promoting self-determination, personal responsibility, and the empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery.

Under professional supervision, Peer Specialists perform such duties as:

  • orienting veterans new to the program
  • assisting veterans to articulate personal goals for recovery through the use of one-to-one and group sessions
  • working with veterans to develop and implement a personal recovery plans
  • observing behaviors that might indicate difficulty adapting or responding to treatment (e.g., missed assessment appointments, failure to attend or maintain abstinence, risk to self or others, disruptive behavior), completing appropriate documentation, and reporting concerns to the treatment or recovery team in a timely manner
  • assisting veterans in exploring options for obtaining decent and affordable housing
  • assisting in obtaining services that suit the individual's recovery needs
  • informing veterans about community and mutual supports and how to use these in the recovery process
  • providing support of veterans' vocational choices and assisting them in choosing a job that matches their strengths

Work Schedule: 8:00am

  • 4:30pm Incumbent may be required to work weekends, evenings or other irregular tours of duty

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: PD # 03649-A,03647-A,03645-A,03643-A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
9

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    0101 Social Science

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to background/security investigation

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/12/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-8; for a GS-8 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7; for a GS-7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-6; for a GS-6 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOABASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES (6/9):

Citizenship

  • Must be a citizen of the United States

Statutory Requirements

  • To be eligible to receive appointment to a Peer Specialist position, a person must:

be a veteran who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition; and

be certified by: (a) a not-for-profit entity engaged in peer specialist training as having met such criteria as the Secretary shall establish for a peer specialist position; or (b) a State as having satisfied relevant State requirements for a peer specialist position

NOTE: A copy of your certification must accompany your application materials

Length of Experience as a Consumer of Mental Health Recovery Services

  • Veterans must have spent a minimum of one year in personal recovery from a mental health condition

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT FOR ALL GRADES (6/9)

In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have specialized experience or education in order to qualify. Specialized experience is progressively responsible, post-personal mental health recovery experience as a mentor providing counseling to support peers in mental health and/or addiction recovery, a recovery advocate directly involved with consumers of mental health services, a psychiatric therapy aide, or equivalent work involving in-person communication to support others in mental health recovery

NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month & year starting and ending dates AND hours worked per week. A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities

GS-6

Specialized Experience

  • Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: performing peer support work under close supervision of a mental health provider or higher level Peer Specialist where you are given specific instructions for the performance of routine duties; and assisting patients who have already attained a higher functional status than other patients. At the GS-5 level your work was checked in-progress and reviewed when completed for accuracy, adequacy, and adherence to instructions and procedures

OR

Substitution of Education

  • Applicants may substitute six months (9 semester hours) of graduate education or a 1-year post-bachelor's degree internship for the experience required for the GS-6 level. The education or internship must be in a field directly related to the work of this position (You must submit transcripts if you qualify based on education)

GS-7

Specialized Experience

  • Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: performing the full range of routine peer support assignments under close supervision of a mental health provider or higher level Peer Specialist; applying policies, procedures, and guidelines without specific instruction in selected cases of limited difficulty. At the GS-6 level your work was checked in-progress and reviewed when completed for accuracy, adequacy, and adherence to instructions and procedures but supervisory controls may have been lessened as you made satisfactory progress in your work

OR

Substitution of Education

  • Applicants may substitute one (1) full year of graduate education (18 semester hours) for the experience required for the GS-7 level. The education or internship must be in a field directly related to the work of this position (You must submit transcripts if you qualify based on education)

GS-8

Specialized Experience

  • Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: performing the full range of routine peer support assignments with minimal supervisory oversight and review; under closer supervision occasionally handling more complex or unusual tasks such as crisis interventions. At the GS-7 level your supervisor provided you with general instructions for the performance of routine duties and detailed instructions and/or training for the performance of non-routine duties and special assignments

OR

Substitution of Education

  • Applicants may substitute one and one-half years of graduate education (27 semester hours) for the experience required for the GS-8 level. The education or internship must be in a field directly related to the work of this position (You must submit transcripts if you qualify based on education)

GS-9

Specialized Experience

  • Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-8 level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: performing the full range of routine peer support assignments independently and performing non-routine and/or special assignments after being provided detailed instructions and/or training. At the GS-8 level you provide services to patients who have more complex psychiatric, personality, medical or psychosocial disorders

OR

Substitution of Education

  • Applicants may substitute two full years of graduate education (36 semester hours) or a master's degree for the experience required for the GS-9 level. The education or internship must be in a field directly related to the work of this position (You must submit transcripts if you qualify based on education)

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
1.Role-Modeling
2.Recovery Principles
3.Communications Skills
4.Group Facilitation Skills
5.Addressing Stigma
6.Recovery Tools
7.Managing Crisis and Emergency Situations
8.Professional Development and Workplace Sk) appointment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Physical Requirements:
The work is primarily sedentary. Typically, you will sit to do the work. There may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as books and papers, accessing transportation, and/or driving a government vehicle. Some positions require driving a government vehicle to transport patients to and from self-help and other treatment-related venues. The work requires patience and control of emotions.

Education

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.


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Department Of Veterans Affairs