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Family Peer Support Partner, Waterville/Skowhegan and Augusta/Winthrop

Do you want to work for one of Maine’s Best Places to Work in 2021, 2022 and 2023?  Do you want to be an integral part of a team working with families who have children with a mental health diagnosis, Autism and/or other development delays?

Kennebec Behavioral Health, named one of Maine’s Best Places to Work in 2021, 2022 and 2023, is seeking a Family Peer Support Partner for our Augusta/Winthrop  and Waterville/Skowhegan offices. The position will encourage families to move toward self-advocacy in the attainment of culturally-specific life goals for themselves and their children. The position will help the families develop the skills to do this by working directly with each family by meeting one-on-one to provide support and encouragement towards resiliency. A Family Peer Support Partner may also facilitate support groups that addresses family concerns. This position will seek to foster relationships and skill building that improves both the family member’s wellbeing and the child’s wellbeing.

The job does require travel to families’ homes and meetings in the community, in addition to office-based work.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Education: High School Diploma or equivalent preferred.

License/Certifications: Certification as Family Peer Support Specialist: Completion of, or ability to complete, the “Parent/Family Peer Support Training” offered by G.E.A.R. and Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist (CIPSS) training. Certification is required within 9 months of hire date. Ability to provide support according to the values and principles of CIPSS and GEAR training is required. Employment will be contingent on the above certification guidelines.

Experience:   Five or more years of lived experience as a parent, therapeutic foster parent, or a guardian of a child with or at risk of serious emotional disturbance, autism or other developmental challenges are required. Identifies as a person in long term recovery from a Mental Health or Substance Use issue.

Duties require knowledge of accessing community resources.

Models strengths-based interactions and treats all individuals with respect.

Good communication skills and an ability to establish rapport with the person we partner with, family members, caregivers and other resource providers. Willingness to further develop communication skills (i.e. written, verbal, and computer). Demonstrated ability to keep focus on continual learning and moving towards positive goals.

Computer proficiency required with ability to demonstrate basic computer skills in using Microsoft Office and Outlook email.

KBH is an eligible employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) that provides workers with qualifying employment and loan payments federal student debt forgiveness after 10 years or 120 monthly payments.

Benefits include:

  • HEALTH, DENTAL, VISION, AND LIFE INSURANCE
  • 403(B) WITH EMPLOYER MATCH
  • LAPTOP & 4G HOTSPOT
  • CLINICAL SUPERVISION (GROUP & INDIVIDUAL)
  • SUPPORTIVE WORKING ENVIRONMENT
  • 65.5 CENTS PER MILE TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT & AAA BENEFITS
  • CONTINUING EDUCATION REIMBURSEMENT
  • PAID TIME OFF TO INCLUDE 11 HOLIDAYS, EARNED VACATION AND SICK TIME, 1 PERSONAL DAY
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