LifeWorks Austin
  • Community-Based Peer Support
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time

LifeWorks is looking for a resilient and motivating full time Peer Support Specialist for our Community-Based Peer Support and Counseling (CBPSC) program. CBPSC serves transition-age youth, ages 16-26, who have experienced traumatic life events, frequently exacerbated by involvement in the foster care or criminal justice systems, homelessness, growing up in extreme poverty, or coming from a military family. The objective of the CBPSC program is to remove or reduce barriers to transition-age youth healing from trauma and recovering from mental health or substance use challenges, instill hope, and encourage self-sufficiency in order for them to reach their full potential.

We are looking for an organized and self-motivated Peer Support Specialist who possesses a strong attention to detail, dedication to agency and program mission, as well as strong interpersonal skills and work ethic. The Peer Support Specialist provides support services, education, and engagement opportunities to individuals and families via group facilitation, individual mentorship, and the provision of alternative activities. Additionally, the Peer Support Specialist provides patient assistance services to SPS program clients and implementation of psychiatric services for internal and external partner clients.

Empathy, compassion, initiative, and responsiveness are highly valued characteristics in a candidate for the Peer Support Specialist role. The ability to integrate smoothly into a team, learn technology and procedures quickly, and adjust easily to different types of people and settings will help ensure success. The ideal candidate will have experiencing sharing the story of their recovery from behavioral health challenges for the benefit of others experiencing similar challenges.

DUTIES

  • Promotes recovery, resiliency, and accountability to help clients initiate or achieve long-term recovery to enhance quality of life, health, and wellness.
  • Meets with individual clients or collaterals, as needed, to establish a safe, healthy relationship for learning, problem-solving, and participating in community activities; engages current and potential program clients; assists clients in building a network of support; makes referrals and coordinates client services, as appropriate.
  • Facilitates support groups through the implementation of program curricula, experiential activities, presentations and discussions, field trips and/or skill-based activities.
  • Plans, develops, and provides recovery-related presentations on a variety of topics, such as substance abuse and disease prevention/intervention, health/mental health promotion, community resources, relationship-building, and coping strategies.
  • Advocates for clients to ensure client needs are being recognized, represented, and addressed.
  • Develops and maintains positive working relationships with agency staff and community contacts such as referral sources, recovery community organizations, peer-run programs in non-recovery organizations, and other service providers.
  • Prepares documentation of plans and activities to ensure compliance with contracts and agency requirements. Assesses and documents client progress toward recovery goals.
  • Assists and supports SPS program staff with implementation of psychiatric services for internal and external partner clients; duties may include intake, case management, follow-up, and resource referral.
  • Communicates with collaborating community agencies regarding services and appointments.
  • Enters client information into the agency database, runs necessary reports, maintains client information and confidential client files, and follows up with clients as required.
  • Maintains case records and documentation as appropriate, including service plans, progress notes, intake reports, and incident reports.
  • Maintains approved non-clinical supervision and continuing education.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Requires a GED or HS Diploma; and
  • Requires 2 years of related experience providing individual or group support.
  • Requires having maintained own recovery over the last 2-year period (relapse during the last 2 years does not disqualify you).
  • Requires a certification as a qualified Peer Supporter. Certification can be achieved within 6 months of hire.
  • Preferred Bilingual in Spanish/English.
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