Certified peer specialists are tasked with developing and teaching ways to help people cope with mental illnesses. Promoting values that hint toward recovery, such as positive reinforcement, independence, and wellness, is a large part of this job, and these specialists must also influence the behaviors of patients, listening to those that need an ear, and serve as a role model.
Certified peer specialists must ensure that their patients understand there is hope for recovery from mental illnesses, so sharing personal stories of similar experiences can be beneficial. They typically assist patients with any problems that come up in daily life and also work with other staff members, medical staff included, to develop the most beneficial treatment plan for any given patient.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required for this position, though this can vary by geographic location, and certified peer specialists should be prepared to travel, as different facilities and patients may be in need of their services at any given time.
Certified Peer Specialist Tasks
Meet individually and in groups to encourage and support designated peers.
Model skills and behaviors.
Teach and mentor individuals on identified topics.
Document interactions, goals, outcomes, and resources.
Lead introspective and networking activities and events.