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 Services team. The Peer Support Specialist will conduct outreach and engage those seeking or sustaining recovery. Through the process of coaching and group counseling, the Peer Support Specialist promotes recovery by helping to remove barriers, connect to the recovery community, and engage in supportive services. The Peer Support Specialist promotes resiliency and accountability and helps others initiate or achieve long-term recovery to enhance quality of life, health, and wellness.

Community-Based Services focuses on 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 Community-Based Services 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.

SCHEDULE

40 hours a week - between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm. May be required to work some evenings and/or Saturdays.

DUTIES

  • Promotes recovery, resiliency, and accountability to help others 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; assists clients in building a network of support; makes referrals and coordinates client services, as appropriate.
  • Facilitates support groups in community sites 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 and outreach on a variety of topics, such as substance abuse and disease prevention/intervention, health/mental health promotion, trauma and recovery, community resources, relationship-building, and coping strategies.
  • Advocates for clients within the community as well as internally to ensure that 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.
  • Maintains approved non-clinical supervision and continuing education.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Requires a GED or HS Diploma; and
  • Requires 2 years of related individual and group support experience; and
  • Requires having maintained own recovery over the last 2-year period.
  • Requires a certification as a qualified Peer Supporter. Certification can be achieved within 6 months of hire.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Must have a reliable personal vehicle to use for transportation during work hours.
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