Youth Peer Support Specialist

Posting ID : A1068492894
Date Posted : 2015-08-19
Category : Nonprofit

YOUTH PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST JOB DESCRIPTION:

Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon is seeking a youth/young adult (ages 16-25) peer with life experience in mental health, addiction/recovery, incarceration/juvenile justice, Oregon Youth Authority, foster care, education, LGBTQQI2S, etc. working part time (20 hours/week) as a Youth Peer Support Specialist (YPSS) at a Drop-in Center. The YPSS will provide peer support services; serve as youth/young adult advocate; provide youth/young adults with information and peer support in community based settings. The YPSS will perform a wide range of tasks to assist young adults in gaining control over their own lives and positively connecting to their community. The PSS will role model competency in recovery and ongoing coping skills. In addition to the responsibilities listed, the YPSS should expect to be responsible for duties as assigned.

OVERVIEW:
Must have reliable transportation
Times will vary

1. The YPSS will work within a team to help peers:
a. Seek out community supports, including non-profit, social and faith based services.
b. Fill out forms, show up at meetings and work within systems to receive services.
c. Assist in determining the objectives the consumer needs to take in order to reach his or her recovery goals. Using the 40 Developmental Assets to assist in such goals.

2. The YPSS will communicate and keep documentation on:
a. Weekly meetings with supervisors
b. Each interaction made with peers (these documents may be used for official purposes).
c. Assisting peers in setting objectives.
d. Progress peers make toward meeting objectives.
f. Understanding and utilizing specific interventions necessary to assist peers in meeting their recovery goals.

3. Utilizing their specific training, the YPSS may:
a. Assist peers in identifying and attending self-help or support groups or other long term peer support.
b. Assist peers in creating long term life goals known as life-assignments.
c. Utilize and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and groups.
d. Teach peers how to identify and combat negative self-talk.
e. Teach peers how to identify assets.
f. Assist peers in building social skills in the community that build bridges for future employment.

4. The YPSS will serve as a partner between Mental Health Staff and peers by:
a. Providing and advocating for effective recovery based services.
b. Assist peers in obtaining services that suit that individual's recovery needs.
c. Meeting with Mental Health Professionals to improve relations between peers and staff.
d. Role modeling effective communication skills, and problem solving on specific issue to resolve conflict between peers and staff.

REQUIREMENTS:
-Must have a valid driver's license, and reliable vehicle with insurance.

*Bilingual/Bicultural is a BIG plus

Please reply directly to this ad with your resume and cover letter.

Visit our website at www.youthmoveoregon.org for more information about our organization.


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