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Intentional Peer Support Specialist - ACT - Brunswick

Company: Sweetser
Location: Brunswick
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

Nationally recognized and accredited, each year Sweetser connects 20,000 children, adults, and family members with the services they need and deserve in the treatment of mental illness. The organization's roots in residential care for children date back to 1828.

As part of our dynamic, growing organization, you can help make a difference in the lives of the children, adults, and families of Maine. A nationally recognized and accredited leader, we have the resources to help you excel: competitive salaries, a wide range of benefits and a motivated team of more than 700 employees. Find out how Sweetser can make all the difference in your career!

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Intentional Peer Support Specialist - ACT - Brunswick

Job Code:10931 Location:Brunswick 04011 Department:ACT Team FT/PT Status:Full Time Summary: By applying the tools the Peer Support Specialist has developed in his or her own recovery, as well as the philosophy and values of Intentional Peer Support, build a connection, consider world view, maintain mutuality and move towards a new way of being. Provide a range of community integration and support services to adults with serious mental illness in order to promote their integration into the community and to assist them in achieving their life goals by upholding the program values.


  • Fully understand and be able to actively implement the three principles and four tasks of Intentional Peer Support.
  • Model relationship building, based on the four tasks of peer support, with participants, volunteers and colleagues.
  • Fully understand and be able to actively implement the Eight Dimensions of Wellness as described by SAMHSA.
  • Model the attributes of respect, trust, sensitivity and confidentiality to participants, volunteers and colleagues.
  • Participate in crisis intervention and resolution services.
  • Identify and document unmet needs.
  • Provide outreach and follow along services.
  • Consult with family and significant others for support and continuity of services.
  • Teach independent living skills, individually and in groups.
  • Provide supportive counseling and problem solving assistance.
  • Provide 24-hour on-call availability to ACT clients for emergency support/intervention, in regular staff rotation.
  • Transport clients when indicated to various activities in order to connect them with services to meet their needs.
  • Maintain administrative responsibility (charting/documentation, etc.) for caseload.
  • Act as liaison to state and/or private psychiatric hospitals and local organizations as assigned.
  • Uphold the program values of Adult Community Based Services, which are:

Adult Community Based Services supports recovery and community integration for people diagnosed with a mental illness. We envision the journey toward recovery to be a collaborative process between staff members, the people seeking help, and those who form their support network. We acknowledge that both providers and people seeking help may be on this journey, and seek to be partners in recovery. We believe the recovery process is grounded in mutual respect, and holistic in scope. The following values guide our approach to our work:

  • There are many causes of mental illness and many courses of recovery.
  • People's needs guide all treatment and supports provided by ACBS.
  • We collaborate with people in reclaiming their ability to make decisions about their lives.

We collaborate with and support family members in their efforts to promote recovery. We understand that families may be composed of biological relatives, spouses, children, and other persons chosen as family by the person receiving services.

Hold the following elements as central in planning and providing supports and treatment to those we serve:

  • Healing from the effects of trauma is key to recovery.
  • Nurturing, supportive relationships support recovery.
  • Work and/or contributions to the community assist people in reclaiming their lives from the effects of mental illness.
  • Spirituality is an essential element for many people in healing and recovery.


  • High school diploma.


  • Maintain a valid state driver's license.
  • Possession of vehicle which is in good repair.
  • Good driving record.
  • State of Maine Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist (CIPSS) Certification preferred.
  • Eligible to obtain Provisional CIPSS Certification within twelve (12) months of hire.


  • Self-identified mental health consumer.
  • Paid, or unpaid, peer support experience preferred.


  • Demonstrate understanding of Intentional Peer Support.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of personal Recovery.
  • Ability to be "emotionally present"; recognize when your not, seek support and communicate this to the assigned manager.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and accept differences in perspective and values.
  • Basic computer skills; including receiving and sending emails.

Keywords: Sweetser, New England , Intentional Peer Support Specialist - ACT - Brunswick, Other , Brunswick, Northeast

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