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. 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. Serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery based services that will aid the veteran in daily living. 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. 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. 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. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: M-F 0800 -1630 Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: PEER SPECIALIST/PD00068A 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.