Peer Support Specialist

Rockville, MD
Nov 29, 2021
Dec 01, 2021
Full Time
General Overview:The Peer Support Specialist will utilize their own lived experience with mental/behavioral health disorders and serve as a role model to young people, display competency in developing and implementing coping skills and personal goals and engage youth into services as appropriate. This worker will support youth and administrative tasks in two programs: Wraparound Montgomery and JSSA Mind Craft. The Peer Support Specialist directly reports to the BHSS supervisor who reviews clinical and administrative work and offers regularly scheduled supervision as well as additional consultation on an as-needed basis.Responsibilities:Actively participate on child and family teams, encourage the youth's full engagement in the wraparound process, and assists the team in the development of the plan of care.Provide support, encouragement, and assistance to youth participating in the wraparound process.Advocate for youth and facilitate linkage to needed services, supports and activities.Support youth voice and choice by coaching youth in effective advocacy.Help the child and family team members and others working with the youth to understand youth culture.Establish close working contacts in the community (eg, school guidance counselors) to facilitate referrals, collaborative implementation of plans of care, follow-up, etc.Position Qualifications:A high school diploma or GED.CPRS Certified in Maryland or at minimum, willing to engage in training and activities to complete CPRS certification.2 years of experience with families and youthStrong oral and written communication skills.Experience working with school aged youth.Experience with Microsoft OfficeCompetitive salary and benefits package:Medical/dental/vision insurance /FSA account403(b) retirement savings plans and agency contributionGenerous holiday scheduleAnnual professional development stipendWork-Life balance and collaborative team environmentMany opportunities for personal growth and professional development#gcThe Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) has been helping people across the Washington metropolitan area meet emotional, social, and physical challenges for more than 120 years. A nonsectarian provider, we serve people of all religious backgrounds, races and ethnicities, helping the youngest child to the most fragile senior, from individuals to entire families. JSSA provides services and support to nearly 31,000 individuals a year through our wide range of counseling, educational, specialized employment, in-home support, hospice and nursing care, and social services. We are a growing Agency and strive to be an Employer of Choice. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. AA/M/F/D

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