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Peer Counselor; 4218-203-N

Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens

Full-Time | On Location / In Office

$25 - $28/hr.

Peer Counselor; 4218-203-N

* Flatbush Behavioral Health Clinic – Flatbush, Brooklyn

Up to $2,500.00 Sign-on Bonus

When you join the CCBQ Team, you will have an impact on the lives of many. 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 Clinics are community-based which offer a professional and welcoming environment for both clients and staff. The Clinics provide psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological therapy, as well as individual, group, family therapy, crisis intervention, medication management, case management and collateral sessions. Our staff members follow an approach to health care that emphasizes wellness, recovery, trauma-informed care, and physical-behavioral health integration.

Why you will enjoy being part of our team:
1.    Competitive Salaries and Benefits
2.    Professional Development
3.    High Quality Supervision
4.    Opportunities for Advancement

STATEMENT OF THE JOB 
The Agency has embraced the concept of a fully integrated system of care for all consumers of service.  This requires that staff assess the client’s needs holistically and see it as their responsibility to connect the client with services needed both internal and external to the Agency, regardless of the door through which the consumer enters the system.
Under the direction of a designated Clinical Director, the Peer Counselor (Substance Use Disorder) is responsible for direct service to clients in the Agency’s outpatient mental health programs.  All services are to be delivered in a professional and ethical manner, consistent with best practice tenets.  The Peer Counselor (Substance Use Disorder)will use their life experience to assist individuals engaging in substance misuse with engagement into the program; provide 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.  The Peer Counselor (Substance Use Disorder) will maintain mandated levels of service, participate in Agency meetings as required, and fully comply with Agency policies and procedures.
* Serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery-based services that will aid the veteran in daily living.
* Works with individuals engaging in substance misuse to articulate personal goals for recovery using one ¬to-one and group sessions.
* Works with individuals engaging in substance misuse to develop and implement a personal recovery plan (e.g., Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP)). 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.
* 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.
* Conduct Outreach in the community and Participate in Outreach events within the community
* Works with individuals engaging in substance misuse in exploring options for obtaining decent and affordable housing of his/her choice in the most integrated, independent, and least restrictive environment, by making referrals to appropriate housing programs.
* Participates in conducting relevant assessments, and contacts clients not responding to outreach. In addition, where appropriate will assist clients with securing resources and other supports necessary for maintaining the highest degree of independence and self-reliance in the community.

QUALIFICATIONS
* High School Diploma or GED.
* Provisional New York State Peer Specialist Certification
* Current or former client of a mental health program.
* History of substance use and at least one year of sobriety.
* Knowledge of computer programs (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Outlook).
* Good communication skills.
* Proven ability to work with people with behavioral disabilities.
* Ability to read and write.
* Frequently lifts and/or moves up to 10 pounds.
* Able to meet with residents and/or staff throughout facilities.
* Frequent sitting to write reports and when meeting with clients.
* Bilingual Spanish/English; Russian/English; Creole/English; Chinese/English; Korean/English speaking preferred.
* Frequent walking, standing, & sitting.
* Should be able to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, & office equipment.
* Ability to read printed & handwritten materials.
* Ability to travel extensively in the community and use public transportation throughout the five boroughs.

BENEFITS 
We offer competitive salary and excellent benefits including:
•    Generous time off (Vacation/ Personal Days/ Sick Days/ Paid Holidays annually)
•    Medical,
•    Dental
•    Vision
•    Retirement Savings with Agency Match
•    Transit * Flexible Spending Account
•    Life insurance
•    Training Series and other additional voluntary benefits.
For more information on our organization, please visit our website at: www.ccbq.org EOE/AA.
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Posted On: December 18, 2023

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