The Certified Peer Specialist's role is to ensure that the values and principles of the recovery model are followed in all aspects of the mental health service delivery system at St. Elizabeth's Hospital.
By self-identifying as a person with the lived experience or recovery, the CPS will add a unique perspective to the treatment team. They will augment treatment teams' understanding of the experience of hospitalization, medication regimens, and other aspects of psychiatric services. Peer specialists will use their personal recovery experiences throughout the psychiatric service, including the ED, Partial Hospitalization Program, and the outpatient clinic, to assist peers in engaging in their own recovery.
• Assist peers in the acquisition, development and practice of effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on recovery principles and experiences.
• Support peers in advocating for effective services; this may include serving in the role of advocate at the peer's request during team meetings.
• Collaborate with other members of the team in creating and implementing solid group programming that reflects a recovery-oriented and person centered approach.
• Facilitate and co-facilitate recovery-oriented groups on adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatric units, including completion of required documentation.
• Collaborate with other members of the team in reviewing all documentation and unit policies, including treatment plans and safety plans, and developing documentation to reflect a recovery-oriented and person-centered approach.
• Actively participate in daily team meetings and other meetings as scheduled.
• Function as Human Rights Officer for the department of psychiatry. This will include providing trainings to staff on DMH Human Rights policies.
• Serve on Trauma-Informed Care Committee (formerly: Restraint & Seclusion Reduction Committee) and Sensory Committee.
• Provide education in recovery values and principles to staff, including psychiatric residents, nursing students and other interns assigned to psychiatric units.
• Assist team in maintaining a resource library of recovery materials, including information on Recovery Learning Centers.
•Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment.
1. Commits to recognize and respect cultural diversity for all customers (internal and external).
2. Communicates effectively with internal and external customers with respect of differences in cultures, values, beliefs and ages, utilizing interpreters when needed.
• Performs other duties as assigned
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
• Prior experience as a peer specialist, preferably inpatient and crisis settings.
• The Certified Peer Specialist must be able to demonstrate the knowledge of Recovery Principles and skills necessary to implement a Recovery Model in the department of Psychiatry. S/he must have experience in leading therapeutic groups.
Education: The Certified Peer Specialist is preferably a college graduate, with major in psychology, sociology or related human service area. S/he also holds a certification as a peer specialist or plans to obtain one within a year from hire.