CLIENT SUPPORT AND PEER RECOVERY SPECIALIST - TPLW @ TFC, Part-Time
The Family Center is a not-for-profit organization providing social and legal services to families affected by life threatening parental illness, absence and loss. TFC has been the pioneer in the design and research of health care coordination and education, permanency planning and advocacy services that address the myriad of issues that challenge families. Please visit our website at www.thefamilycenter.org to learn more about our services.
The Client Support and Peer Recovery Specialist is the primary facilitative point of contact for participants in The Positive Life Workshop (TPLW), a 20-hour, evidence-based self-management workshop for people living with HIV, with focus on those with substance use disorder or in recovery. This is a part-time position, 16-21 hours a week. The Client Support and Peer Recovery Specialist reports to the TPLW Program Director.
• Collaborate with team to develop and implement outreach strategy to engage high-priority HIV+ individuals, including those with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorder, homeless and newly diagnosed individuals.
• Conduct in-person and phone intakes with potential participants.
• Encourage attendance and completion of workshop series and follow-up survey through reminder calls, texts and emails.
• During workshop sessions, whether virtually or in person, serves as host, presenter, and peer facilitator, presenting on issues around substance abuse and leading small group discussion.
• Assist with preparation and follow-up from sessions
• Assess and address unmet needs of participants including connection to substance use services, medical care, mental health care and other essential services, making and following up on internal and external referrals.
• Provide individual psycho-education and motivational interviewing around substance use issues as related to HIV diagnosis, treatment, and available services and supports.
• Serve as resource to TPLW team and clients around substance use and recovery issues
• Document services in agency database.
• Participate in individual and group supervision, debriefing sessions and team meetings.
• Special projects as requested
• Living with HIV and/or in recover with willingness to self-disclose status in peer facilitation role
• Demonstrated knowledge of HIV disease and treatment and self-management barriers and supports.
• High school diploma or equivalent considered with three years’ experience in social service delivery setting, Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
• Demonstrated group facilitation or public speaking ability.
• LGBTQ and those with Spanish language proficiency strongly encouraged to apply
• Training and Certification as a NYS HIV Peer Specialist and/or Recovery Peer Advocate a plus
Please email a resume, cover letter and one writing sample to email@example.com.
Please put the words "Client Support and Recovery Specialist” in the subject line of the email.
The Family Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Family Center is covered under FMLA.