Peer Specialist

Family Counseling Center, Inc. Poplar Bluff , MO 63901

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job purpose

The Peer Specialist helps individuals who have psychiatric disabilities develop a network for information and support. A Peer Specialist can share lived experiences of recovery, share and support the use of recovery tools and model successful recovery behaviors.


  • Be at least 21 years of age;

  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent;

  • Must self-identify as present and/or former person(s)-served of mental health services;

  • Must complete a State approved training program and pass a standardized examination.

  • Meet the minimum requirements to be clinically privileged by FCC Behavioral Health.

Core Job Duties

  • Provides individual assistance to person(s)-served in assessing mental health services including accompanying person(s)-served to appointments to address medical or other health needs.

  • Acts as liaison/advocate between person(s)-served and community resources.

  • Training, coaching and supporting in daily living skills, including keeping a budget, paying bills and maintaining an independent residence.

  • Accompanying person(s)-served to activities in the community, if appropriate.

  • Following-up with person(s)-served regarding appointment, completion of forms, returning forms or receipts and other similar activities.

  • Maintains and improve professional competencies through in-service training and other educational responsibilities---especially related to co-occurring.

  • Development of self-help groups outside the agency.

  • Helping individuals develop skills and resources that foster success. Progress notes written accurately using the PIRP format and in compliance with the 5-Day Rule (and/or site policy).

  • Accurate and timely completion of group counseling and group education logs.

  • Ability to effectively utilize computer systems currently employed by FCC.

  • Maintain/improve professional competencies through training activities and/or other educational means.

  • Maintain awareness regarding the agency vision and assist staff in continuing motivation and empowerment.

  • Consistently complies with supervisory directives as it applies to enforcement of facility policies and procedures with person(s)-served.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization.

  • Listen to others to facilitate an open exchange of ideas and provide for effective communication.

  • Orally communicate information effectively and accurately.

  • Assure program operates within the constraints of the agency's certification (CARF, DMH) standards and strategic plan related to clinical care.

  • Maintain confidentiality, at all times, within the legal framework. Will adhere to established guidelines regarding confidentiality as well as the agency's adopted code of ethics.

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of person(s)-served as outlined in the agency and site Policies and Procedure Manuals.

  • Maintain acceptable attendance record, respect break periods and work with supervisor to ensure coverage during any absence.

  • Exhibit a professional appearance, attitude and demeanor that reflects confidence, positive self-esteem and overall professionalism when working with person(s)-served, co-workers, families and referral sources.

  • Demonstrate initiative and a "can do" attitude.

  • Other job duties and special projects as assigned.

Core Competencies/Working Knowledge

  • Trauma Informed Care

  • Suicide Prevention

  • Wellness Coaching

  • Demonstrate corporate "vision" in day-to-day activities

  • Demonstrate corporate "values" in day-to-day activities (Privacy, Choice, Professionalism, Collaborative, Respect, Ethics, Competency)

  • Adaptability/Flexibility - open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace

  • Leadership - displays a willingness to lead, take charge and offer opinions and direction

  • Initiative - displays a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges

  • Analytical Thinking - analyzes information and uses logic to address work-related issues and problems

  • Attention to Detail - careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks

  • Achievement/Effort establish/maintain personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks

  • Innovation - use creativity/alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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