JusticePoint Certified Peer Support Specialist

Job Description

The JusticePoint Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) engages and encourages peers in recovery. The CPS will function as a role model to peers by demonstrating competency in personal recovery and the use of coping/recovery skills. The goal is to promote engagement, self-direction, and recovery skills so the peer can gain independent mastery over their own recovery. The CPS works with peers as equals. The position would work with a diverse group of high-risk, high-need, justice-involved individuals.  

 This opening is not a general case management or social work position. It is specifically for individuals who have or are seeking Peer Specialist certification, have a history of diagnosed mental health and/or AODA issues, and are willing to openly share their recovery story. Those applying for the position should be able to understand and articulate the role and duties of a Peer Specialist. 

 Qualifications

  • Ability to obtain State of Wisconsin Peer Support Certification within 6 months of hire
  • Basic office and computer skills required, including use of Microsoft Office products and general ability to learn and utilize databases
  • Personal experience with successful sobriety and/or recovery for at least the last year prior to date of hire
  • -Preferred- Experience in facilitation of curriculum based group programming, such as Wellness Action Recovery Plans (WRAP), Seeking Safety, or Thinking for a Change (T4C)

 Responsibilities

  • Be mindful of the ethics, boundaries, power and control issues unique to the CPS role
  • Provide trauma informed, culturally sensitive, and age appropriate services specific to each peer
  • Maintain accurate, timely, and appropriate records as well as the privacy of those records
  • Engage peers individually or in groups using evidence based tools and curricula to teach social skills, problem solving, coping and recovery skills, and mindfulness or grounding skills
  • Model, and be willing to role-play, social and recovery skills as necessary to promote self-empowerment of peers
  • Share personal experiences and skills, strengths, and supports used for recovery
  • Encourage peers to become self-directed, focus on their strengths, exercise use of natural supports, develop their own recovery goals and strengthen valued roles within their community
  • Research, locate, and engage resources that are beneficial to peers needs and desires
  • Maintain a working knowledge of trends and developments in the mental health, social work, and AODA field by reading relevant materials and/or by attending training opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned that are consistent with the role of a CPS

 Position Terms

  • Part-Time
  • Full-Time position may become available for highly qualified candidates
  • Starting Pay of $14-$16/hour