ChristianaCare is looking to hire Peer Counselor's for an early intervention program, Project Engage in both Newark and Wilmington, DE!
Project Engage is an early intervention and referral to substance use disorder treatment program designed to help hospital patients who may be struggling with alcohol or drug use. Project Engage collaborates with hospital staff to identify and connect patients with community-based substance use disorder treatment programs and other resources.
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Project Engage Peer Counselor, also known as an Engagement Specialist, is a peer with lived experience recovering from a mental health or substance use disorder (SUD). S/he is responsible for engaging individuals who present at Christiana Care and who, through screening, are determined to need additional assessment and intervention for their substance use disorder. The Peer Engagement Specialist works with other Peer Engagement Specialists, Social Workers, Project Engage administrative staff, hospital clinical team caring for the patient, community-based SUD treatment provides, to identify SUD treatment resources, make linkages, and provide coaching to ensure that patients are linked to appropriate services upon discharge from the hospital. Peer Engagement Specialists provide support that is trauma-informed and will work on an interdisciplinary team and provide advocacy, insight, and support to other team members and service recipients about the resources available and the successes and challenges faced by individuals who are recovering from SUDs. Provision of direct patient care comprises more than 75% of the job.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Works with the staff of Project Engage and the hospitals to identify individuals who have signs and symptoms of substance use to screen, assess, and, as necessary, link those individuals to treatment in the community following discharge.
Uses lived experience with a substance use disorder to engage and direct individuals who are in the hospital to acknowledge need for treatment and agree to service linkages, and assists in supporting individuals to move ahead on their recovery paths.
Engages patients at the bedside and conducts motivational interviewing to understand patient barriers and direct patient to get the appropriate level of care.
Provides education on the dangers of drug and alcohol use for all patients not ready to receive SUD treatment. This includes educating patients, friends and/or family members on Narcan safety and use and providing Narcan to them.
Document engagements each day on required forms and communicate pertinent information regarding patient engagements at the end of each day.
Assess patient stage of change and help clients to accept help which emphasizes their strengths by sharing their own personal story and provide mutual support, hope, reassurance and advocacy
Promotes recovery through modeling his/her own person story, self-confidence, achievements, and self-determination, and the use of natural supports such as self-help and 12 Step Programs
Maintains accurate and timely documentation and keeps other staff informed of all changes in the status of patients as described in Project Engage manual.
Adheres to all Christiana Care policies and confidentiality requirements including Project Engage manual.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
High school diploma or equivalent
The Peer Counselor is an individual who has a unique perspective because of his/her own experience with SUD or mental health disorder. S/he must be willing to self-disclose as appropriate and to attend training leading to certification as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist within one year of hire.
One year experience working in the mental health field in voluntary or paid position.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:
Knowledge regarding substance use disorders and the methods used to assess and treat substance use disorders.
Ability to use Motivational Interviewing to engage individuals, including those who are in the pre-contemplation stage of their SUD, to consider addressing the problem.
Ability to provide supportive counseling and case management services.
Skilled in 21st century technology to communicate with patients and staff (i.e. ipads, applications)
Completion of Peer Recovery Specialist certification training within one year of hire
EEO Statement: Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
UPDATE: ChristianaCare is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and caregivers. As we continue to meet the needs of our caregivers and our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to health and safety requires that we take new steps to ensure a safe environment for medical care for our patients and a workplace that avoids preventable harm for our caregivers. For this reason, vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all caregivers at ChristianaCare and is considered a safety standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity for all caregivers.
ChristianaCare Health System is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is one of the country's largest health care providers, ranking 21st in the nation for hospital admissions. Christiana Care is proudly a Nurse Magnet recognized institution. Christiana Care Health System is also one of the largest health care providers in the mid-Atlantic region, serving all of Delaware and portions of seven counties bordering the state in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. A not-for-profit, non-sectarian health system, Christiana Care includes two hospitals with more than 1,100 patient beds, and is a major teaching hospital with two campuses. Christiana Care is continually recognized for excellence on a regional and national level. Our role in the community is expressed in the Christiana Care Way: "We serve our neighbors as respectful, expert, caring partners in their health. We do this by creating innovative, effective, affordable systems of care that our neighbors value."Christiana Care is a great place to work because we value diversity and recognize it to be a core part of our success. Because of the diversity of our employees, affiliated health professionals and volunteers, we are ...positioned to meet the unique needs of our patients and community. We acknowledge and celebrate the uniqueness and talent of each employee. Because of our talented workforce we are able to provide a quality healthcare experience to our patients and community. We strive to create an inclusive environment in which individual diversity can be leveraged and thrive. Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.