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Psychiatry-Peer Specialist, Certified. Per Diem

Job ID 11028025

Job Description

Psychiatry-Peer Specialist, Certified. Per Diem-(3086254)

Description

The Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is an active member of the Mental Health Program and provides peer support services to clients with serious mental illnesses in Inpatient Psychiatry.
Under supervision of the Director of Inpatient Psychology, the Certified Peer Specialist will function as a role model to peers, exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills, serve as a consumer advocate, providing consumer information and peer support for clients in outpatient and inpatient settings. The CPS performs a wide range of tasks to assist peers of all ages, from young adult to old age, in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery process. Recovery resources such as booklets, tapes, pamphlets and other written materials will be utilized by the Certified Peer Specialist in the provision of services.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The CPS will:

• Assist clients in articulating personal goals for recovery using one-on-one and group sessions. During these sessions, the CPS will support client’s in identifying and creating goals and developing recovery plans with the skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid them in achieving those goals.

• Assist clients in working with their primary therapist or treatment team in determining the steps they need to take to achieve these goals and self-directed recovery.

• Assist clients in setting up and sustaining self-help (mutual support) groups, as well as means of locating and joining existing groups.

• Utilize tools such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to assist clients in creating their own individual wellness and recovery plans.

• Independently, or with periodic assistance of other treatment team members, utilize and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and groups; discussions will be utilized where clients will share common problems in daily living and methods they have employed to manage and cope with these problems. As one who has availed themselves to mental health services, the CPS will share their own experiences and what skills, strengths, supports and resources they use. As much as possible, the CPS will share their own recovery story and as the facilitator of these sessions, will demonstrate how they have directed their own recovery.

• Use ongoing individual and group sessions to teach clients how to identify and combat negative self-talk and how to identify and overcome fears by providing a forum which allows group members and CPS to share their experiences. By using identified literature, media, etc. clients will gain hope, learn to identify their strengths and combat negative self-talk.
Utilizing their recovery experience, the CPS will:
• Teach and role model the value of every individual’s recovery experience.

• Model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.

• Serve as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery
based services that will aid the client in daily living.

• Assist in obtaining services that suit the individual’s recovery needs by providing
names of staff, community resources and groups that may be useful. Inform
clients about community and natural supports and how to use these in the
recovery process. Community resources may include but not limited to: social
security office, Department of Family and Children services, local YMCA, library,
restaurants, clients’ service organizations, apartment complexes and other types
of housing, etc.

• Assist clients in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through
self-advocacy. This will be accomplished through regular meetings, individual or
group sessions. Using role playing/modeling techniques the CPS
provides opportunities for others to show/demonstrate how they have handled
similar problems, how to present themselves in certain situations, or how to handle
problems that may arise in interactions with others.

The CPS will maintain a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the
mental health field by reading books, journals, and other relevant materials. The CPS will
continue to share recovery materials with others at continuing education seminars and
other venues to be developed to support recovery-oriented services; and attend continuing
education seminars and other in-service training when offered.

Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital is a 171- bed non-profit, community teaching hospital located in Jamaica Plain directly across the street from the Arnold Arboretum. Founded in 1900, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital has a long history of meeting the health care needs of our patients by offering comprehensive care in a wide variety of specialties. At Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, our world revolves around our patients and their families, which is why we’ve been nationally recognized for our best practices in patient care, safety measures and surgical outcomes. If you’re looking for more than a career, join Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Our patients call it better care. Our employees call it home.


Qualifications

• Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in healthcare field preferred.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, and/or REGISTRATIONS (if applicable): 
•Certified Peer Specialist Certificate

WORKING CONDITIONS: 
•The CPS will provide services on the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital Inpatient Psychiatry service (2 South), which has the capacity to care for up to 24 persons at a time on a locked acute unit. The CPS may also provide off-unit, post-discharge group services for previously discharged patients.


EEO Statement

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to an employee’s protected status, such as age, race, sex, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity or expression or sexual orientation.
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