Peer Support Apprentice
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
- ##### Open & closing dates
08/26/2019 to 09/16/2019
$33,949 to $44,130 per year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Iron Mountain, MI 1 vacancy
Relocation expenses reimbursed
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Veteran is defined as a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
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The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-9. At the GS-5 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence.
In addition, using own personal recovery experience, the Peer Support Apprentice will:
- Teach and role model the value of every individual's recovery experience.
- Assist in obtaining services that suit the individual's recovery needs.
- Inform veterans about community and mutual supports and how to use these in the recovery process.
- Assist veterans in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy.
- Provide support of veteran's vocational choices and assist them in choosing a job that matches their strengths.
- Assist veterans in building social skills in the community that will enhance job acquisition and tenure.
Other responsibilities may include: - Participate in the service, training, consultative and other professional activities of treatment program and functions as full professional member of the multidisciplinary team Assist physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation treatment program; - Perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks including assisting your peers in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, assisting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the specialist's own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services; - Assist veterans to articulate personal goals for recovery through the use of one-to-one and group sessions; - Work with veterans to develop and implement a personal recovery plan; - Use ongoing individual and group sessions to teach veterans how to identify and combat negative self-talk and how to identify and overcome fears by providing a forum which allows group members to share their experiences; and - Handle crisis interventions for any program patient or address other emergency situations.
Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Peer Support Apprentice/PD12293A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 15 days of the closing date of this announcement.
Term appointments are non-status, non-permanent appointments of limited duration. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. This Term appointment may be extended for a total of three years.
Conversion to non-time-limited appointment/promotion potential: The selectee may be converted to a permanent appointment and promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
NOTE: Those Veterans who are not yet certified Peer Specialists as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13)(B), but who meet the basic requirements in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13)(A), may receive consideration under a hiring authority for which they have eligibility for a time-limited appointment as a Peer Support Apprentice, GS-0102-5. Upon becoming certified and meeting applicable qualification and eligibility requirements, Peer Support Apprentices should then receive consideration for selection for a non-time-limited appointment as a Peer Specialist. The entry-level Peer Support Apprentice position itself does not provide any known promotion potential, but does allow VHA to hire uncertified, but otherwise qualified Veterans whom VHA will arrange to receive training for becoming certified and thus fully qualified for future Peer Specialist opportunities
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PEER SUPPORT APPRENTICE: Must be a Veteran of the United Stated Armed Forces. Must have recovered from, or in the process of recovering from, a mental health condition. Must have spent a minimum of 1 year in recovery from a mental health condition. (Noteworthy: Please just submit a copy of your DD214- Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty to satisfy the three basic requirements identified above. We do not need your extensive personal history at this time. The hiring official will obtain any supplemental personal history information needed.
PEER SUPPORT APPRENTICES GS-5: Peer Support Apprentices must actively pursue becoming certified as required to serve as a Peer Specialist. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the Peer Support Apprentice with the written requirements for becoming certified, the date by which he or she must become certified, and the consequences for not becoming certified by the deadline. Failure to do so may result in termination.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: - Client Orientation - Clinical Data Collection/Documentation - Communication - Customer Service
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable