Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Peer Support Specialist III for Outpatient Services at Rutgers, University Behavioral Health Care.
The Peer Support Specialist III is a member of a team offering person-centered, culturally competent, instrumental information and emotional support either in person or by phone. The PSSIII uses life experience and basic peer support skills to engage and empower persons served, to support their wellness.
Assists consumers in identifying their strengths and wellness needs in order to establish recovery goals.
Assists in setting objectives for each goal and collaborates to determine recovery and wellness supports.
Educates consumers on skills, knowledge and resources to meet their self-care needs.
Advocates for resources for consumers and families based on assessed needs.
Visits consumers in their homes, throughout the county as per schedule developed with supervisor.
Maintains a working knowledge of available resources in the community and communicates same to team and consumer.
Provides consumers with concrete services and transportation to and from appointments as directed by supervisor.
Facilitates structured skills training groups such as social skills, anger management or other psycho-educational topics.
Maintains appropriate consumer/patient records as mandated by University Behavioral Health Care policy.
Understands and adheres to Rutgers’ compliance standards as they appear in the RBHS’s Corporate Compliance Policy, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy.
Minimum Education and Experience:
High School diploma or equivalent.
At least two years of life experience with target population.
Must be certified or eligible for certification as a Peer Support Specialist or Family Advocate. If not certified, documented demonstrated progress toward completion of Peer Support Certification within 12 months is required.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Applicants should be comfortable working independently and as part of a team in a collegial group environment.
Ability to use a computer to record services and other basic office functions.
At least three years of experience working in social or healthcare field and/or mental health capacity.
Supportive counseling and/or mental health information and referral services experience.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Work will be performed in a wide range of settings including with UBHC, consumer’s home, community-based settings or in transport vehicles. Consumers can present with active psychiatric symptoms, mixed responses to interventions and unstable living and relationship situations. Work areas may be noisy, irregular and unpredictable and can be stressful at times.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was ...at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.