IMPORTANT NOTICE: This position is open only to veterans due to Section 405 of Public Law 110-387, as codified in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13). Veteranis defined as a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.Learn more about this agency
The Peer Support Apprentice functions as an interdisciplinary team member, assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation treatment program. Peer specialists perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks that include assisting Veterans 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 peer specialist's own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services. The position assists Veterans in treatment, based on the principles of recovery, wellness, and resiliency, by promoting self-determination, personal responsibility, and the empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery.
Duties include, but not limited to the following:
- Participates in the service, training, consultation, and other professional activities of VA health care services and functions as a fully vested member of the multidisciplinary team;
- Serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for effective wellness and holistic recovery-based services that aid Veterans in daily living;
- Assists Veterans to articulate personal recovery goals through the use of individual or group meetings;
- Observes behaviors that might indicate difficulty adapting or responding to treatment (e.g., missed assessment appointments, failure to attend or maintain abstinence, risk to self or others, disruptive behavior), completes appropriate documentation, and reports concerns to the treatment team in a timely manner;
- Uses ongoing individual and group meetings to teach Veterans how to identify and combat negative self-talk and overcome fears by providing a forum that allows Veteran to share their experiences;
- As necessary, handles crisis interventions for Veterans and addresses other emergent situations without the benefit of specific instructions
- Maintains a working knowledge of current trends and developments in holistic approaches in wellness and recovery by reading books, journals, and other relevant materials;
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be converted to permenant status once they have received certification from a not-for-profit entity engaged in peer specialist training as having met such criteria as the Secretary shall establish for a peer specialist position. Once certification has been achieved the incumbent may be changed to an occupational series 102 peer support specialist which is a GS-6 Target GS-9.
Work Schedule: 8 AM to 4:30PM
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Peer Support Apprentice/PD00064A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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