University of Rochester Peer/Family Advocate - 234890 in Rochester, New York
Peer/Family Advocate Job ID 234890Location Strong Memorial Hospital Full/Part Time Part-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening
Part Time 20 hours Grade 090 Psychiatry SMH CrisisResponsibilities
POSITION SUMMARY :
With some latitude, the Peer/Family Advocate position works in a community and/or inpatient or outpatient clinical setting in collaboration with an interdisciplinary clinical leadership team. The focus of this position is to provide services that engage, support and empower patients and families when the patient is faced with a mental health challenge to regain personal control over their lives and their recovery. The Peer/Family Advocate serves as a role model during their treatment and recovery process.
SUPERVISION AND DIRECTION EXERCISED :
May train and coordinate activities of peers or support staff.
MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT USED :
TYPICAL DUTIES :
Engages patients/families by actively listening, building rapport, and trust through the facilitation of self-help groups and activities, establishing peer networks, natural and social support systems.
Effectively communicates with patients as a peer and shares common experiences to benefit patient growth.
Models and teaches self-help techniques including but not limited to assisting clients with identifying their individual warning signs of relapse and with developing coping strategies.
Assists patients in identifying crisis plan, crisis management plan and natural supports.
Facilitates patient’s explorations and understanding of their psychiatric symptoms and assists in identifying areas in which they require support.
Assists patients with understanding and exercising their patient rights, and teaches skills to advocate for the needs of people with psychiatric disabilities within the mental health and human services delivery systems.
May assist patients in the development of a patient safety plan and promptly reports any lethality concerns to the clinical team.
Teaches patients daily living skills, learning, working, socializing, recreating, parenting and/or other skills relevant to the patient’s rehabilitation goals.
May assist patients in effectively communicating their Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP plan).
Provides short term intervention to families that includes but is not limited to emotional support, relevant information, education resources, and access to comfort measures while supporting the patient.
Maintains current knowledge and supports the policies and procedures of community resources, assists families with identifying their needs and providing and/or connecting them with appropriate community resources, and advocates with clinical leadership team to provide referrals and connections to those resources.
Assists patient/families with navigating treatment and recovery processes, communicating with treatment and recovery staff, and identifying and effectively communicating concerns.
Strengthens patient and family advocate satisfaction by assisting patients and family advocates with resolving concerns.
Works collaboratively as a member of the interdisciplinary leadership team and participates in treatment planning.
Models ICARE Values, supports diversity and inclusion strategies and approaches that reduce stigma, engages patients, and promote patient-driven decision making.
Assists patient advocates with navigating treatment and recovery processes, communicating with treatment and recovery staff, and identifying and effectively communicating concerns.
Supports the completion of satisfaction surveys by patients and families.
Actively participates in ongoing peer advocate networking and training, maintains strict confidentiality, and attends staff meetings.
For Peer Advocate:
Required: Graduation from High School or GED, direct personal experience overcoming the challenges and recovering from mental illness, knowledge of and ability to mentor others diagnosed and recovering from a mental illness and with navigating mental health services and community resources, New York Certified Peer Specialist certification. Availability to work a flexible work schedule including occasional evenings and weekends, effective communication and teaching skills, and the ability to empathize with patients and their support systems, driver’s license and satisfactory driving record. Two years of experience as a Peer Advocate preferred.
For Family Advocate:
Required: Graduation from High School or GED, experience as a parent or primary caregiver of a child with emotional or behavioral health challenges, New York State Family Peer Advocate certification. Availability to work a flexible work schedule including occasional evenings and weekends, effective communication and teaching skills, and the ability to empathize families and/or support systems, driver’s license, and satisfactory driving record. Two years of experience as a Family Advocate preferred.
NOTE: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as required.
How To Apply
All applicants must apply online.
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