Family Peer Advocate, Youth ACT

Northern Rivers Family Services

Schenectady, NY 12307

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

Family Peer Advocate, Youth ACT

Job Details

Job Location

Schenectady-Genium-PCFC - Schenectady, NY

Position Type

Part Time-Benefited

Education Level

High School/GED

Travel Percentage

Over 50%

Job Shift

Mixed Day & Evening

Job Category

Nonprofit - Social Services


Family Peer Advocate

Starting Salary - $25.00/hour

Position Summary

The Youth Assertive Community Treatment team (ACT) Program is an innovative treatment program. The program serves children with mental illness or serious emotional disturbance and their families.

The Family/Peer Advocate serves a unique role on the Youth ACT team. By drawing on their own lived experience of overcoming challenges with mental illness, the Family/Peer Advocate can instill hope in clients and families. Walking alongside clients on their recovery journeys, the Family/Peer Advocate is an ally, mentor, and advocate for clients and families as they contend with the difficulties and uncertainties of mental illness. The Family/Peer Advocate uses his or her lived experience to contribute to treatment planning for each participant, and facilitating the teams development and maintenance of a culture of respect. The Family/Peer Advocate can provide an essential framework for highlighting the potential that each client has for achieving a successful recovery trajectory. Because of their experiences as service recipients, Family/ Peer Advocates are in a unique position to serve as role models, educate recipients about self-help techniques and self-help group processes, teach effective coping strategies based on personal experience, teach symptom management skills, assist in clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals, and assist in the development of community support systems and networks. In addition to attending team meetings, Family/Peer Advocates often work directly with other team members to provide support and assistance to program participants. Family/Peer Advocates will provide in person support to clients and assist with client engagement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

+ Engage individuals and establish trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goals clients identify on their treatment plans

+ Contribute to client treatment plans, advocating for clients' needs

+ Participate in daily treatment team meetings

+ Provide individual face to face support either alone or with team members.

+ Spend 70% or more of scheduled work hours in community settings

+ Meet with family and collateral contacts to provide psychoeducation about serious mental illness

Education and/or Experience

+ High School diploma/GED; Associates degree preferred

Certification / Licensure

+ Must have a valid drivers license.

+ NYS Family and/or Youth Peer Advocate credential required, however candidate may be working towards credentialing upon hire.


If you want a rewarding career where you make a positive impact on children  and their families, we want to talk to you!  At Northern Rivers Family of Services, we work together to make a difference in our client's lives while also strengthening our community. 

We are a family of human service agencies united in our passion to helping children, families, and adults reach their potential. Northern Rivers coordinates the quality of care, depth of programs, and combined size and passion for the mission to provide care for more than 18,000 people each year in 41 counties throughout New York State. If you’ve got the talent, drive and desire to make a real difference in your community, you need to be a part of Northern Rivers Family of Services!

Our employees receive generous paid time off, an expansive health care package, tuition reimbursement, loan repayment assistance, free training/CEU opportunities, and much more!

Apply today to become part of our team!

Northern Rivers Family of Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes us stronger!  All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. We cherish the unique contributions of our diverse staff, and are building a culture where everyone has the opportunity to do the meaningful work here at Northern Rivers!

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