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.
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.
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.