Peer Specialists perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks that include assisting their peers in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, assisting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self help strategies based on the specialist's own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services. Major duties and responsibilities include: Participates in the service, training, consultative and other professional activities of rehabilitation treatment program and functions as a full professional member of the multidisciplinary. Serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery based services that will aid the veteran in daily living. Assists veterans to articulate personal goals for recovery through the use of one-to-one and group sessions. Works with veterans to develop and implement a personal recovery plan, This peer centered recovery plan is instrumental for individuals to "buy into" the process of their recovery. Observes behaviors that might indicate difficulty adapting or responding to treatment. Use ongoing individual and group sessions to teach veterans how to identify and combat negative self-talk and how to identify and overcome fears by providing a forum which allows group members to share their experiences. Assist the veteran in exploring options for obtaining decent and affordable housing of his/her choice. Assist in obtaining services that suit the individual's recovery needs. Assist veterans in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self advocacy. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:45AM - 4:30PM Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: PEER SPECIALIST/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.