Works with an interdisciplinary team assisting personnel in rehabilitation treatment; helps set goals to achieve recovering in Mental Health both in home and work situations; helps plan components for support groups, individual therapy, stable living, maintaining health &personnel relationships; helps provide steps to individual wellness with the ultimate goal of discharging from a Peer Support program and function independently in a healthy environment; serves as a role model for recovery. Duties includes, but are not limited to, the following: The incumbent participates in the service, training, consultative and other professional activities of rehabilitation treatment program and functions as a full professional member of the multidisciplinary. In this capacity, the incumbent completes assignments based on professional knowledge and recognition of demonstrated superior skill and proven sound judgment in working with serious and complicated recovery patients with very complex mental illnesses which may result in challenging requirements for communication and decision making skills. The incumbent serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery based services that will aid the veteran in daily living. The incumbent orients veterans new to the programs in which they work about the services, hours, locations, staff and other pertinent information necessary for the veteran to understand the program and how to utilize it. The incumbent assists veterans to articulate personal goals for recovery through the use of one-to-one and group sessions. During these sessions, the incumbent assists veterans in identifying their skills, strengths, supports and the resources needed to aid them in achieving those goals. The incumbent 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. Central to such plans are the overall health and well-being of each individual, not just their mental health. Components often include support groups and individual therapy, basic health care maintenance, stable housing, improvements in family life and personal relationships as well as community connections. The plan may also include education goals, vocational development and job seeking. Some plans outline a time table for coach monitoring, and/or a plan for re-engagement when needed to balance the health and overall quality of life for each individual. The incumbent assists veterans in determining the steps s/he needs to take in order to achieve these goals and self-directed recovery. The incumbent utilizes recovery tools such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to assist veterans in creating their own individual wellness and recovery plans. The incumbent also contributes to the development of an effective discharge plan. The incumbent assists with the execution of the recovery plan and monitors progress, making timely reports of progress and new problems to the treatment team. The incumbent observes behaviors that might indicate difficulty adapting or responding to treatment (e.g., missed assessment appointments, failure to attend or maintain abstinence, risk to self or others, disruptive behavior), completes appropriate documentation, and reports concerns to the treatment or recovery team in a timely manner. The incumbent will 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. As much as possible, the incumbent will share their own recovery story and as the facilitator of these sessions, which will demonstrate how they have directed their own recovery to veterans. The incumbent will handle crisis interventions for any program patient or address other emergency situations without benefit of specific instructions. Such extraordinary interventions will be carefully documented and communicated to the team in a timely manner. The incumbent provides training to other staff and/or students in the use of information systems, patient management techniques, crisis-oriented counseling, discharge-planning, liaison with community resources, and the provision of peer support services or other Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery services within the program as requested by the supervisor. The incumbent must maintain a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the mental health field by reading books, journals, and other relevant materials. Performs other related duties as assigned. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Peer Apprentice / Peer Specialist/PD00064A, PD00065A, PD00066A, PD00067A, and PD00068A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be 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.