Family Service & Guidance Center of Topeka, Inc.

  • Peer Support Specialist

    Job Locations US-KS-Topeka
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Entry Level
    Job Post Information* : External Company Name
    Family Service & Guidance Center
    Job Post Information* : External Company URL
    Regular Full-Time (w/ Benefits)
    Community Based Services Program
  • Overview

    The Peer Support Specialist is a young adult who provides individual support to youth (ages 12-22), in particular "transition age youth" (ages 16-22).  The Peer Support Specialist shares personal lived experience having received mental or behavioral health services or having dealt with a mental health challenge, and helps the youth receiving support to identify skills, self-identified life goals, supports, and resources that they can use to enhance their own wellness and achieve their self-identified life goals.  Position will use a strengths based approach to inspire hope and to develop mutuality in peer-to-peer relationships.


    Work Schedule:  Monday through Friday

    Varied hours between 7 am to 7pm; must be able and willing to adjust work schedules based on their clinical case load and the needs of individual clients.


    • Provide direct services to severely emotionally disabled (SED) children/youth and their families.
    • Provide direct services based on the philosophies and principles of the strengths model and through shared experience of having a psychiatric diagnosis.
    • Promote dialogues on recovery and resilience.
    • Teach and model symptom management and model problem solving skills.
    • Transitional Age Youth – Activities are focused on skill young adults (16 to 22) need to be independent in the community.
    • Assists the consumer and family members or other collaterals to identify strategies or treatment options associated with the consumer’s mental illness.
    • Provides goal based supportive counseling, solution focused interventions, emotional and behavioral management and problem behavior analysis.
    • Participates in and utilization of strengths-based planning and treatments
    • Assist the consumer with effectively responding to or avoiding identified precursors or triggers that would risk their remaining in a natural community location.
    • Assist youth and families with crisis planning and provide crisis intervention services when appropriate.
    • Participation in appropriate meetings for the purpose of case review, case assignments and individual case planning.
    • Participate in internal and external networking activities designed to increases the likelihood of meeting the client and family’s identified needs.
    • Complete clinical documentation (session notes, etc.) in a timely fashion. Peer Support Providers are also expected to stay informed of agency developments by reading memorandums and other agency related written communication. 
    • Respect and demonstrate ability to maintain client confidentiality.
    • Act as an ambassador of Family Service and Guidance Center in the community setting. This may include doing public educational and informational presentations.
    • Supports and actively promotes the vision and mission of Family Service and Guidance Center and the philosophy of the strengths perspective.
    • Other duties as assigned by respective team leader or supervisors.



    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Valid driver’s license, current auto insurance, a good driving record and a reliable vehicle are required


    • Must be between 18 and 26 years of age.
    • Provider must self-identify as a present or former client of mental health services and have an understanding and awareness of your own recovery and personal health.
    • Experience working with children and families preferred
    • Passion and desire to work with children and adolescents
    • Must exhibit satisfactory verbal and written communication skills.
    • Must possess and utilize effective interpersonal skills to promote teamwork.
    • Must collaborate with other team members to deliver optimal services to clients and families.
    • Complete a Peer Support Specialist training course within six months of employment, or attend the first available training after employment. Peer Support Providers are also expected to complete Managing Aggressive Behavior (MAB). 
    • Must successfully complete a drug screen and a series of background checks.


    Other Physical Requirements:

    Peer Support Specialist must have sufficient ambulatory capabilities to work with children and adolescents in the office setting.  Position may require the ability to use physical holding using Managing Aggressive Behavior (MAB) techniques with children and adolescents exhibiting out of control behaviors.


    Work Environment:

    Office and Community-Based working environment; requires flexible schedule; frequent interruptions occur; expected to deal with individuals in crisis; risk of exposure to aggressive and/or acting out (verbal and physical) children and youth, and exposure to low socioeconomic homes and neighborhoods.  Position will use personal vehicle and travel within Shawnee County to provide services.


    Background checks and drug screen required.


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