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University of Rochester Project Assistant (Recovery Peer Advocate) - 230379 in Rochester, New York

Project Assistant (Recovery Peer Advocate) Job ID 230379

Location Strong Memorial Hospital Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 001 Psychiatry SMH Addiction Psych


8 AM-4:30 PM


General Responsibilities:

With some latitude, this position works individually with patients in both an inpatient and an outpatient setting under the direction of clinical staff that has overall responsibility for the patients' safety and treatment. The focus of this position is to provide services that empower individuals who receive substance use disorder (SUD) and/or co-occurring disorder (COD) services to regain personal control over their lives and over their own recovery process. The position provides a role model for patients and helps them to learn to engage in recovery oriented activities and integrate into the community. Reports directly to Clinical Supervisor of Outreach services.

Peer Recovery Advocate Specific Responsibilities include:

Development and application of personalized coping skills:

  • Assists patients in identifying and practicing individualized skills to deal with their SUD/COD symptoms.

  • Engages patients by building rapport and trust.

  • Interacts with patients as a peer and shares common experiences.

  • Facilitates patients' exploration and understanding of their SUD/COD symptoms and assists patient in identifying areas in which they need support.

  • Assists patients in identifying their own individual warning signs of relapse and in identifying and developing specific, individual coping strategies.

  • Assists patients in developing a crisis plan and crisis management skills.

    Teaching and modeling self-help techniques, self-help group process and networking skills:

  • Convenes and facilitates self-help groups and activities.

  • Teaches self-help techniques and self-help group process skills to patients.

  • Facilitates the establishment of peer support networks, natural supports and social support systems (which may include attending with and transporting patients to self-help meetings and other supportive recovery activities using clinic’s fleet vehicles)

    Development of skills for empowerment and successful community living:

  • Helps patients develop assertiveness and communications skills in order to facilitate their active participation in the treatment planning process.

  • Assists patients in carrying out tasks defined in their treatment plans.

  • Teaches patients skills in daily living, learning, working, socializing, recreating, parenting and/or other skills that are relevant to the individual's recovery goals.

  • Initiates outreach engagement in the community with established patients and in Strong Memorial Hospital units with identified potential patients

    Teaching individual and systems advocacy skills:

  • Teaches patients how to negotiate bureaucracies and service systems.

  • Provides entitlement information and teach patients how to advocate for themselves in obtaining entitlements.

  • Assists patients in identifying and learning how to exercise their rights

  • Provides education and training on patient issues and perspectives to mental health and generic human services providers.

  • Supports the completion of satisfaction surveys by patients and families.

    Education and Experience:

  • Knowledge of coping skills for dealing with symptoms of SUD/COD.

  • Basic knowledge of addiction self-help techniques and self-help group process.

  • Basic knowledge of the goals and objectives of the SUD recovery movement.

  • Basic knowledge of the SUD service delivery system and of patients’ rights in that system.

  • Basic knowledge of generic human services delivery systems and entitlement programs.

  • Ability to verbally engage and empathize with patients based on common experiences.

  • Ability to be patient, encouraging and supportive.

  • Ability to teach skills to individuals and small groups.

  • Ability to facilitate group meetings.

  • Ability to assertively advocate for patients and negotiate with service providers.

    Minimum Required Qualifications:

    Requires High School Education and 1-2 years of related training and experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Direct personal experience overcoming the challenges and recovering from substance use disorder or experience with assisting others overcoming substance disorders. Knowledge of and ability to mentor others diagnosed and recovering from a substance use disorder and with navigating substance use disorder services and community resources. New York Certified Recovery Peer Advocate certification (or Provisional) preferred. Availability to work a flexible work schedule including occasional evenings and weekends, effective communication and teaching skills, and the ability to empathize with patients and their support systems, driver’s license and satisfactory driving record required. Two years of experience as a Peer Advocate preferred.

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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