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NAMI Palm Beach County is seeking Peer Specialists (Mentors) to work in our Youth and Adult Peer Mentoring Programs.

This part-time position is ideal for someone who has a passion to build empowering peer relationships by offering hope, as well as recovery, support and advocacy resources — from a position of having personally experienced and successfully navigated living with a mental health condition.

A Peer Specialist is someone who has maintained their own mental health recovery, and has a desire to mentor others living with mental health conditions.

Evening and weekend work typically required to meet client needs.

Minimum requirements:

  • Lived experience with a mental health condition required
  • Florida Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) credential or ability to obtain certification within one year of hire required
  • Willingness to share personal story of recovery required
  • Willingness to work with individuals in one-on-one sessions in home, office and community settings required

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:

  • Experience mentoring adolescents and/or adults
  • Excellent writing skills and timely record keeping
  • Ability to problem-solve creative solutions
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other staff, supervisor and community providers
  • Ability to promote problem solving and decision making skill development, life/social skill development, coping skills, school and/or work success skills, and independent living skills
  • Knowledge of mental health resources in Palm Beach County
  • Ability to speak English and Spanish a plus

Essential job functions:

  • Interact with, teach and encourage individuals living with mental/behavioral health conditions by creating an individualized plan to meet their goals
  • Promote problem solving and decision making skills development; life/social skills development; coping skills development; student success skills; employment skills; independent living skills; and functional community skills training
  • Work with individuals in one-on-one sessions in home, office and community settings
  • Promote recovery and resilience by sharing personal story and being a role model helping to promote hope, skill development, strength, stability and safety
  • Develop individualized strategies for reducing the negative consequences of not understanding one’s mental health condition and the importance of taking medication, as appropriate
  • Act as an advocate for individuals and their families, as appropriate; encourage and support self-advocacy
  • Provide outreach intervention and referral services through the distribution of materials, information, education, linkage to community services and prevention messages in individual and/or group settings
  • Provide training on negotiating the system and other topics of interest to families
  • Provide training to providers on family and adult consumer perspectives and outreach to the community and family organizations
  • Develop and facilitate peer support groups, and psycho-educational training in individual and group sessions
  • Document client sessions through case notes, complete timesheets and mileage reports, client reports, and other documentation as required by agency and funders
  • Attend regular supervision and team meetings
  • Attend ongoing training that will benefit program participants and their families, and successfully complete ongoing, required training
  • Basic proficiency in using telephone, email, calendar, copier, printer, scanner and Microsoft Excel
  • Other duties as assigned

Interpersonal skills:

  • Ability to answer telephone and email, and respond to requests in a friendly and timely manner
  • Ability to schedule meetings, and act friendly and swiftly to reschedule meetings when necessary
  • Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of written and spoken word
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to accurately represent the philosophy, services and educational programs of NAMI PBC to individuals, groups and the general public
  • Promotes coordination of programs, services, staff and volunteers through facilitation of communication, teamwork, and sharing of resources and ideas
  • Promotes an office culture that builds on collaborative problem-solving and mutual respect

Education:

  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Certified Recovery Peer Specialist or ability to obtain certification

Experience:

  • Previous experience working with youth and/or adults with mental/behavioral health conditions and their families preferred
  • A minimum of two years of lived experience and must be in recovery for at least two years

Job Type: Part-time, Non-exempt

Hourly pay rate: $15.00 /hour

For more information or to apply, send your cover letter and resume to Program Coordinator Jessica Winter at jessicawinter@namipbc.org.

 

 

Call 561-588-3477 to learn about employment opportunities.

 

 

NAMI Palm Beach County does not discriminate in recruitment, employment, nor policy administration on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, color, disability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or political affiliation.

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