Peer Counselor - Emergency Psychiatry - Full Time/Days

Job Description

Strength Through Diversity

Ground breaking science. Advancing medicine. Healing made personal.

Job Summary 

To perform the following tasks and clinical functions in an efficient and cost-effective manner as assigned in order to respond to treatment needs of patients, psychosocial screening and assessment, discharge planning, linkage to community resources, crisis intervention, timely documentation, utilization management, and advocacy. To coordinate services in conjunction with the Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) social worker(s) and MCT Supervisor. Is cognizant of the philosophy, standards, objectives and policies of the Department and the Hospital Center.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develops relationships by providing support and encouragement that will enhance consumer’s ability to take action against the problem instead of being controlled.
  • Respects the rights and dignity of everyone at all times.
  • Develop empowerment skills through self-advocacy.
  • Takes responsibility for personal recovery at all times, and models self-responsibility.
  • Encourages consumers to attend consumer meetings/support groups, and supports their effort.
  • Help identify activities as personal medicine for their peers and to encourage utilization of these activities on a regular basis.
  • Be conscious of the language used to describe life and how to recreate troubling events using language that offers more options.
  • Coach peers about recovery.
  • Identify local resources.
  • Coach partners when necessary.
  • Attend Peer Counselor group sessions as determined necessary.
  • Participate with Team and attend meetings as required.
  • Complies with agency policies and procedures in completing any required documentation.
  • Complies with agency policies and procedures and demonstrates professional, ethical and confidential conduct in all work behavior.
  • Accompanies patients on appointments and visits in the community to help facilitate patients goals and needs
  • Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care, based on physical, psychosocial, educational, safety, and related criteria, appropriate to the age of the patients serviced in assigned area
  • Participates in team meetings and case conferences and gives feedback regarding patients’ progress.
  • Meet with immediate supervisor for one hour per week of individual supervision and raise relevant issues and concerns
  • Inform patients about community and natural supports and how to use these in the recovery process
  • Perform community and hospital based visits to patients in order to help patients make the transition to outpatient treatment services, or the next level of care

Education Requirements:

High School Diploma or general education degree (GED). 
Formal training as a Peer Counselor or equivalent work experience

Experience Requirements: 

At least 1 year strongly preferred
Healthcare and/or behavioral healthcare experience preferred
Group affiliations a strong plus, i.e., NAMI, DBSA, AA, NA, etc. 

Licensing and Certification Requirements: 

Peer Counselor Certification strongly preferred 

Computer Skills:

Microsoft Office   - Intermediate 

Strength Through Diversity

The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity and inclusion is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize healthcare delivery together.
We work hard to recruit and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you have the opportunity and support to develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, have an impact on quality patient care. 

Explore more about this opportunity and how you can help us write a new chapter in our story! 

Who We Are

Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.
Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospitals, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation. 

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