The Peer Recovery Specialist position provides non-clinical, person-centered wellness-focused support to engage consumers in treatment and to promote use of the consumer’s wellness recovery plan/relapse prevention plan. The Peer Recovery Specialist shares their first hand lived experiences with recovery to inspire hope, increase engagement in treatment, and in their communities, and support consumers in articulating personal goals for wellness, recovery resiliency, and self-advocacy. The Peer Recovery Specialist will function within the consumer’s treatment team and will receive Coordinated Individual Supervision with the Office of Peer Supports and Recovery Supervisor.
The Peer Recovery Trainee serves in an entry level capacity to attain the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to prepare the individual for certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist. Under the requirement from the Virginia Board of Certification, the individual must gain 500 hours direct experience and weekly supervision that addresses the following four performance domains: Advocacy, Mentoring/Education, Recovery/Wellness Support and Ethical Responsibility. As an entry level position, duties associated with the performance domains are under the direct supervision of The Office of Peer Supports and Recovery Supervisor and related support from designated Peer Support Specialists, and the Program Supervisors. The knowledge required for the position will be achieved through the use of an individualized training plan with ongoing education, supervision, instruction and participation in service delivery.
Work schedule may include evening and/or weekend shifts.
Peer Recovery Specialist qualifications - Minimum High School Diploma or GED Equivalent. Must identify a year in recovery and have a substance use disorder that has impacted your life for two years or more. Certification as a Recovery Peer Specialist recognized in the State of Virginia preferred.
Peer Recovery Trainee qualifications - Minimum High School Diploma or GED Equivalent. Must identify a year in recovery and have a mental health or substance use disorder that has impacted your life for two years or more. Certification or working toward certification as a Recovery Peer Specialist recognized in the State of Virginia preferred.