The Peer Outreach Counselor functions as a fully integrated team member to provide expertise about the recovery process and symptom management to DMH referred transition age young adults with emotional and behavioral difficulties. S/he collaborates to promote a team culture that recognizes, understands and respects each clients’ point of view and experiences.
This program is a young adult peer and family support program for 18-25 year olds who are living within the community. The young adults participate in groups, social group activities, peer support, family advocacy, and counseling. The program aims to promote the participant’s independence, while assisting them in their transition into adulthood and integration into the community. The foundation of the Peer Support program is based on the concept of recovery which is a holistic approach to understanding mental illness. Recovery is the guiding principle and influences all of the program values and structures. The program also offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) as treatment options.
The Peer Outreach Counselor provides support to individuals served through peer counseling and drawing on common experiences as a peer to validate the experiences of individuals served and assists individuals in developing, implementing and monitoring personal recovery goals using a self directed recovery and wellness planning process. Also provides consultation to entire staff team from a mental health perspective and offer opinions on treatment and recovery options for individuals served and prepares/presents reports at case conferences and review meetings.