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Youth Peer Support Specialist

East Alabama Mental Health Center

East Alabama Mental Health Center

Customer Service
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Job duties include working with young teens and adults enrolled in our organization's clinical services. Will work closely with the individual's clinical team leader to implement the treatment process with the young person and their family. Must have personal experience as a child/teen ("I have lived experience") in personally receiving mental health services or child welfare and be able to appropriately disclose and share that experience with young adults, ages 10–21, in order to foster hope, build resiliency, and develop self-advocacy skills that will empower them to achieve their goals. Peer support specialists provide structured, scheduled activities that promote socialization, recovery, self-advocacy, development of natural supports and maintenance of community living skills. Provide support and coaching interventions to individuals to promote recovery, resiliency, and healthy lifestyles, and to reduce identifiable behavioral and physical health risks. Peer support specialists actively engage with and empower individuals and their identified supports in leading and directing the design of the service plan and ensures that the plan reflects the needs and preferences of the individual and family (when appropriate) with the goal of active participation in the process.

Job Requirements: Must have a high school diploma/GED from a state accredited school/source. Current/valid driver's license or identification card. Must be able to demonstrate basic computer skills, be familiar with word processing, and have personal experience with mental health as a child or adolescent. The peer support specialist is an individual who has personal experience with children's mental health and who is willing to share his/her personal experiences.