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Peer Advocate Bridger; 4111-202-A

Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens

Part-Time | On Location / In Office

$15 - $17/hr.

For over 117 years, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has been providing quality social services to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens, and currently offers 160-plus programs and services for children, youth, adults, seniors, and those struggling with mental illness.
Our Peer Advocacy Program provides assistance and support to mental health consumers by other mental health consumers. Peers in recovery from their own issues with mental illness offer encouragement and assistance to others with similar problems. Peer Advocates conduct various support groups such as smoke cessation, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), co-occurring disorders, relapse prevention and others.

STATEMENT OF THE JOB
The Peer Advocate is under the supervision of the Program Manager II.  He / she uses their life experience to assist members with engagement into the program, provides relevant education and support in order to promote and enhance dignity, self-respect and self-reliance in the community, provide mentorship and service as a role model for all members of the program.
* Utilize their experience and knowledge to support consumers/clients in need.
* Provide help to clients to enhance their computer skills, and assist with resume, cover letter writing, online job applications and online job searches.
* Conduct intakes and provide screenings for substance and tobacco abuse, complete WRAP plans and, if necessary, make referrals for further assessment.
* Facilitate groups during program hours and advocate for the members.
* Reach out to community providers to assist with recruiting and conduct presentations for the program.
* Conduct Outreach in the community and Participate in Outreach events within the community
* Provide mentorship to consumers/clients.
* Provide benefit counseling and escort services to appointments
* The Peer Advocate will assist with trips to job fairs, interviews, and special events.

QUALIFICATIONS 
* High School Diploma or GED.
* Must be a New York Certified Peer Specialist or in the process of completing training.
* Current or former client/consumer of the psychosocial program.
* History of mental illness and at least one year of symptom remission.
* Proven ability to work with people with behavioral disabilities.
* Bilingual Spanish/English; Russian/English; Creole/English; Chinese/English; Korean/English speaking preferred.
* Ability to travel

BENEFITS
We offer competitive salary
For more information on our organization, please visit our website at:
www.ccbq.org EOE/AA.

Posted On: December 18, 2023

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