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This position supports clients through stages of change at Meridian House, Conexions IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program), and Noddles Island Outpatient Program. This is a person who is grounded in peer-assisted recovery. Because of his/her life experience with substance use and/ or other addictions, the peer support specialist/ recovery coach provides expertise that clinical training cannot replicate. Peer support specialists/ recovery coaches report to a clinical manager and are fully integrated team members who provide psycho-educational groups and recovery coaching. Peer Support Specialists/ recovery coaches also provide essential expertise and consultation to the entire team to promote a culture in which recoverees’ points of view and preferences are recognized, understood, respected and integrated into support, treatment, rehabilitation, and community-based recovery-oriented systems of care.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Supervise and/or coach recoverees, based on their needs in recovery-oriented skills, activities of daily living, socialization, and community integration.
- Assist the treatment team to develop an individual action plan or support the recoveree in developing a wellness plan.
- Implement, teach, assist and/ or coach persons served with their individual action plan or recoverees who have developed their own wellness plan to review their goals and objectives on a consistent basis.
- Interface with all collateral contacts working with the persons served or recoverees coached. (I.e. Probation Officers, individual therapists, and self-help sponsors).
- When appropriate, assist persons served in identifying and accessing sponsorship
- Develop and enhance peer driven educational services.
- Participate in upkeep and maintenance of program.
- Attend all required trainings within prescribed timelines.
- Participate in daily staff organizational meetings and treatment planning or wellness planning review meetings.
- Work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of persons served and program.
- When appropriate document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established methods and procedures.
- Participate in the provision of services to persons served by co-facilitating groups (in conjunction with professional staff) to provide support for increased stability in their lives through recovery and a better understanding of their symptoms of relapse as well as symptoms of mental illness.
- Provide ongoing assessment, problem solving, side-by-side services, skill training, supervision (e.g. prompts, assignments, monitoring, encouragement), and environmental adaptations to assist persons served with activities of daily living (i.e. identifying and attending self-help meetings, support with sponsorship). Provide recovery coaching when recoverees have indicated that preference and responded well to that approach.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience Required:
The peer support specialist/ recovery coach may have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than behavioral sciences or have a high school degree or GED, and have work experience with adults diagnosed with substance use and or dependency. This individual should have experience and knowledge regarding the addiction treatment service system, recovery coaching and other related human services.