Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  879502 (Please include on all documents)

Our mission:  To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.  

Duties

NOTE:  IF YOU ARE NOT CERTIFIED AS A PEER SPECIALIST, YOU DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS POSITION.  

 

 

TOUR OF DUTY:  Mondays through Fridays 7:30/8:00am to 4:00/4:30 pm

 

DUTIES:  This position is located in the Acute Care (Inpatient) Program of the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Services but may also include mental health outpatient programs.  The peer specialist serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery bases services that will aid the veteran in daily living. As such, he/she participates in the service, training, consultative and other professional activities of rehabilitation treatment program and functions as full professional member of the multidisciplinary team assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation treatment program.  The incumbent performs a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks that include assisting their peers in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, assisting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the specialist’s own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services.  Accessing transportation and driving a government car may be required as work is performed in a wide range of settings, including within the Medical Center, Community Based Outpatient Clinics, in community or private family homes; or in transport vehicles.