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Recovery Support Specialist

Company: The Independence Center
Location: Waukegan
Posted on: March 21, 2023

Job Description:

Description:Employment Opportunity The Independence Center has been providing psychosocial rehabilitation, group and individual therapy, case management, vocational, and crisis services to adults with chronic mental health needs in Lake County for over 30 years. Independence Center employees are an essential asset in improving the lives of the individuals we serve. Our staff enjoys not only outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment that encourages autonomy, fresh ideas, creativity, and teamwork. Our team strives to make a positive impact on the lives of the community we serve through a holistic, person-centered approach to treatment. We offer competitive salary and benefits, including health (medical, dental, vision) insurance, retirement savings plan, life, disability insurance, and paid time off. For individuals working on licensing requirements, we also have LCSW and LCPC supervision hours available. Our staff enjoys a flexible, friendly, and casual-dress workplace. If you want to work with a purpose and to make a difference in someone's life, a career at the Center could be the rewarding professional experience you have been seeking. We currently are interviewing qualified candidates for the following opening: Job Type: Part-time Saturday and Sundays and Full-time positions Sunday - Thursday or Tuesday - Saturday Shifts start at 6:30 am, 1:30 pm, or 9 pmPosition Summary: Living Room Program Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Join our team of skilled and caring professionals as a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS)in the Living Room program at Independence Center. The Living Room is an innovative peer-supported recovery environment that supports people who are experiencing a personal crisis. Being unique and innovative in its approach, The Living Room is promoting an exciting new culture of support for people in crisis. The pursuit of our individuals' development of autonomy, self-esteem, and involvement in their care is highly supported and encouraged. The staff of the Living Room assists in empowering those we serve to master their lives and to clearly define their strengths, needs, wants hopes, and aspirations. The Living Room Program Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) would serve as a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator to recovering individuals to help individuals in crisis prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery. The Recovery Specialist must demonstrate an ability to share personal recovery experiences and to develop authentic peer-to-peer relationships. Position Requirements: Must have previous experience using mental health or substance use services, is currently in recovery, and excited to model recovery for others experiencing similar struggles. Must have compassion for people who are hurting and a desire to help ease the suffering of others. Must believe recovery is possible for all people who experience mental health and substance use challenges, including knowledge and application of the Recovery Oriented Model specific to those experiencing a mental health crisis. Must be able to work well in a team, and complete tasks professionally and effectively. Must display empathic skills and the ability to establish rapport with staff, individuals served, family members, and service providers. Possess knowledge of delivery systems, organizational skills, understanding crisis intervention. Must have familiarity with the internet, word processing, and email systems. Ability to handle confidential information professionally and appropriately. ability to quickly engage participants and build appropriate therapeutic alliances with solid boundaries. Some prior experience working in human services preferred, along with passion and a genuine desire to help others. Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to): Assist individuals in utilizing effective coping and self-help techniques. Assist individuals who have experienced social stigmatization with their sense of acceptance. Document accurately, neatly, and consistently every and any contact with or on behalf of a participant. Provide assessments, problem-solving, side by side services, skills teaching, support, and environmental adaptations to assist individuals with crisis. Provides instruction and skills training in illness and recovery management to individuals and their families. Assists individuals in arranging transportation (to clinical, medical, and any other appointments deemed necessary. This position requires driving the company vehicle. Utilize tools such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to help participants create their individualized recovery plan. Assist individuals in identifying and plugging into treatment services, self-help groups, community groups, faith-based community groups to expand individual's recovery support system. Help individuals identify barriers to recovery goals. identifies personal strengths in daily living and recovery skills. assist in building social, problem-solving, and coping skills. Help individuals to identify and overcome fears. Transportation is provided to individuals. Requirements:Position Qualifications: If not already a Certified Peer Specialist, the applicant must attend the next available CPS training and pass the exam if hired. Bachelor's degree preferred or High School diploma or equivalent with considerable experience that relates to the population served. Requires current, valid Illinois driver's license. Demonstration of peer support, Recovery, or mental health experience Must have personal experience relevant to services provided (recovery). PI208459526

Keywords: The Independence Center, Waukegan , Recovery Support Specialist, Other , Waukegan, Illinois

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