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Veterans' Peer Support Specialist

Catholic Charities, Portland, OR

Job - Other

Close Date: 03/27/2018

Family Support and Counseling Services

Veterans' Peer Support Specialist

Full-Time (40 hours/week) Non-exempt

Reports to: Director, Family Support and Counseling Services


The Peer Support Specialist will perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks including assisting their peers in articulating their goals for recovery, problem solving, learning and practicing new skills, and modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the Peer Support Specialist's own recovery experience. The Peer Support Specialist will serve as a role model to Veterans by sharing their personal recovery stories, showing that recovery is possible. The Peer Support Specialist will serve as an advocate by providing education and information to eliminate the stigma of mental health challenges.

The Peer Support Specialist will collaborate with case managers, mental health clinicians, and housing specialists to provide individualized support for each peer. A Peer Support Specialist provides opportunities for individuals to direct their own recovery process and support the learning and utilization of skills needed to retain permanent housing. The Peer Support Specialist will be knowledgeable of available service options, will promote the utilization of natural support systems, will facilitate the development of a sense of wellness and self-worth, and will work with the multidisciplinary team to promote the goals of the peer.


Assists Veterans with identifying and navigating aspects of recovery.
Act as a role model in recovery to inspire hope and share life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
Empower by helping others identify their strengths, supports, resources and skills.
Assist clients in articulating personal goals for recovery and housing retention.
Assist clients in working with the case manager and/or clinician in determining the steps the client needs to take in order to achieve goals and self-directed recovery.
Co-facilitating and facilitating peer oriented groups for Veterans receiving mental health services.
Identify barriers to full participation in recovery and focus on strategies to overcome them.
Act as community liaison by identifying social supports in the community and encouraging the expansion of local community resources.
Assist clients in learning to recognize early triggers and signs of relapse and use their individual coping strategies as an alternative to more structured services.
Models effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.
Work successfully and collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team.
Actively participate in team meetings.
Meet with clients at least monthly for the first year of residence and as often as one to two times per week.
Help clients stay connected to natural supports.
Meet standards for documentation and data entry related to client support, education, advocacy, and community referrals in the electronic record according to established guidelines.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Self-identify as a Veteran who is a current or former recipient of mental health or co-occurring services and relate to other Veterans who are receiving those services.
Must be certified as Peer Specialist or Peer Wellness at time of hire or within first 3 months.
Ability to assist others in treatment based on the principles of recovery and resiliency.
Ability to work well in team setting, as well as independently.
Be able to develop trusting relationships with peers and staff.
Comfort working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental illness.
Knowledge and skill to teach and engage in basic problem solving strategies to support individual clients in self-directed recovery.
Knowledge of mental health systems, human services and social services.
Ability to report to work reliably and in a timely fashion.
Respect for cultural diversity, religion and experience.
Good written and oral communication skills.
Ability to interact in a respectful, professional manner in accordance with agency's policies and procedures.
Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients, the community, and other staff members.
Demonstrate judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential matters.
Commitment to Catholic Charities mission to work in partnership with vulnerable populations to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.
Competent with computers for word processing, internet, and email or able to learn these skills.
Must have driver's license, access to vehicle, and ability to obtain automobile insurance at levels required by agency (100/300/100) or ability to travel as required on public transit.
Satisfactory results from civil, criminal, and motor vehicle background check required.

COMPENSATION: Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience. Competitive benefits package, including: 100% employer paid health insurance (employee portion), disability, life insurance, paid time off, 12 paid holidays, retirement plan, free parking and more.

TO APPLY: Submit your application, resume and cover letter at


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