Nationally recognized and accredited, each year Sweetser connects 20,000 children, adults, and family members with the services they need and deserve in the treatment of mental illness. The organization's roots in residential care for children date back to 1828.
Our caring and compassionate professionals provide services in mental health, recovery and education, creating promising futures for the children, adults and families we serve. Our professionals include psychiatrists, psychologists, advanced practice psychiatric nurses and licensed clinical social workers, supporting our statewide network of care:
* Community-based services: Assertive Community Treatment, Behavioral Health Home, Community
Integration, Primary Care Integration, and School-based Services
* Crisis Services: Crisis Stabilization Units, and Mobile Crisis Intervention
* Outpatient Services: Affiliate Network, Individual, Family or Group Therapy, New England Eating Disorders, Psychiatric
Services, School-based Therapy, and Substance Use Disorder Therapy
* Peer Services: Intentional Warm Line, and Peer Training Network
* Residential and Educational Services: Day Treatment Services, FOCUS Through Adventure, and Specialized Schools
As part of our dynamic, growing organization, you can help make a difference in the lives of the children, adults, and families of Maine. A nationally recognized and accredited leader, we have the resources to help you excel: competitive salaries, a wide range of benefits and a motivated team of more than 700 employees. Find out how Sweetser can make all the difference in your career!
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The Peer Support Specialist will collaborate, coach, and challenge individuals in viewing the crisis as an opportunity for growth and change; within each individual's recovery process.
- Fully understands and is able to actively implement the three principles and four tasks of Intentional Peer Support.
- Models relationship building, based on the four tasks of peer support, with participants, volunteers and colleagues.
- Fully understands and is able to actively implement the Eight Dimensions of Wellness as described by SAMHSA.
- Models the attributes of respect, trust, sensitivity and confidentiality to participants, volunteers and colleagues.
- Provides support and models healthy relationships.
- Follows best practices and guidelines established by the Peer Support in Emergency Departments program.
Performs all other duties as assigned.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:
- State of Maine Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist (CIPSS) Certification preferred.
- CIPSS Pre-Training will be completed within the first 30 days.
- CIPSS Monthly Co-Reflection attendance begins within 60 days.
- CIPSS 101 attendance completed within 90 days.
- CIPSS Core Training Application submitted within 90 days.
- Meet the annual State of Maine requirements to maintain CIPSS Certification.
- Staff must have reliable transportation
High School diploma or equivalent.
- Lived experience of Recovery with Mental Illness, Trauma or Substance Use and is willing to self-identify with peers on this basis in the community.
- Paid, or unpaid, peer support experience preferred.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Demonstrates understanding of Intentional Peer Support within 90 days of hire.
- Demonstrates knowledge of personal Recovery.
- Ability to be “emotionally present”; recognize when you are not, seek support, and communicate this to the assigned manager.
- Ability to work with diverse populations and accept differences in perspective and values.
Basic computer skills including receiving and sending emails and data entry to spreadsheets
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