Peer Mentor - Intensive Home-Based Therapeutic Care

Pittsfield, MA

General Description:   

Actively support and assist youth in care to experience success and satisfaction in their lives by improving their quality of life by modeling, being an active listener, and sharing the reality of wellness and recovery. The Peer Mentor will promote person centered self determination and decision making through the use of their own recovery stories and lived experience.

Essential Job Functions

  • Support youth to identify and develop goals
  • Model for hope and self determination
  • Assist peers with goal setting, problem solving, skill building
  • Assist youth to connect to supports i.e. community based services, activities, natural supports
  • Communicate a sense of hopefulness and respect
  • Provide encouragement and support to youth
  • Participate in treatment planning meeting
  • Develop and maintain relationships with youth, families, community providers and resources and  program staff and other links to the community
  • Attend Peer trainings and groups that support recovery and wellness services within the agency and through other recovery and wellness trainings by SAMHSA, RLC, MPower etc.
  • Promote recovery based model services to youth through role modeling of successful recovery strategies and skills sets while promoting independence and self advocacy for youth
  • Provide transportation to youth when necessary to facilitate treatment plan

Administrative functions

  • Ability to complete required note keeping, regarding the development and progress of the group, activity or workshop
  • Represent the agency in a professional manner at all times 
  • Complete all required paperwork in a timely manner
  • Participate in all relevant staff meetings, supervisions and required trainings
  • Report any incident(s) regarding accidents, injuries, and unusual events to the Program Supervisor and/or Program Director
  • Follow all agency policies and procedures
  • Maintain ethical boundaries
  • Flexibly respond to program scheduling needs and assist other programs when assigned

Other Requirements

  • Ability to pass Criminal Offense Record Inquiry (CORI) check
  • Ability to pass a DEEC Background Check
  • Ability to pass a RMV check
  • Valid drivers license and ability to use a personally insured vehicle for agency business
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications and Skills

  • Individual with lived experience willing to share positive recovery story for the purpose of promoting recovery and wellness for youth and to support the mission of recovery principles
  • The Peer Support Mentor will have a strong personal recovery skills set
  • Problem solving skills and ability to suggest options and alternatives
  • Support the belief that youth with lived experience can and do recover
  • Strong listening, oral and presentation (communication) skills
  • Minimum of 6 months to 1 year of personal recovery with lived experience
  • Minimum of 1 year of recovery/sobriety for person living with alcohol/substance issues
  • Knowledge of community resources