Recovery Specialist and Trainer

  • New York State Psychiatry Institute
  • $126,485.00 - 83,990.00 / Year *
  • 118 Fort Washington Ave, New York, NY 10032
  • Full-Time

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The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc (RFMH) is currently seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Recovery Specialist and Trainer for two innovative evidence-based programs. The person in this position will provide training and technical assistance to peer specialists and other team members in OnTrackNY, a statewide early intervention team-based treatment program for individuals experiencing a newly emerging psychotic disorder. In addition, the incumbent will provide training and technical assistance to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams for the peer specialist role.

Interventions in First Episode Psychosis (FEP) and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) are targeted towards attaining full symptomatic recovery, relapse prevention, and return to previous level of social, academic and vocational functioning. The philosophies of recovery-oriented services, person centered care and shared decision making are essential to these models of care.

This person will be a highly visible part of both training and technical assistance teams. He/she will interface with site staff and community partners. The incumbent will report to and work closely with the OnTrackNY Director of Clinical Training and the Director of the ACT Institute as well as the Director of the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI).


1. Provide training to program staff (peer staff and fellow team members) on the delivery of person-centered, recovery-oriented services to young people and their families by communicating the unique role peer staff have when working on clinical teams. This would also include positively influencing the team culture around this role.

2. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with program staff and community partners and work effectively with state leadership and relevant partners. The trainer should be able to share the story of the history and importance of the peer role.

3. Develop and enhance training materials for the delivery of peer services, including presentations, web-based materials such as videos and learning modules, and supervisory tools that clarify and support the peer role in OnTrackNY and ACT teams.

4. Connect initiative staff, participants and family members with recovery-oriented community resources.

5. Provide training and TA to program staff around utilizing and building natural supports, peer resources, and other helpful networks in the community.

6. Plan and facilitate relevant, topical discussions and presentations during staff meetings or as arranged on person-centered, recovery-focused service provision.

7. Share lived experience with personal recovery, when appropriate to help service providers as well as other trainers in understanding peer services.

8. Fulfill other responsibilities as they emerge.

Minimum Qualifications:

At least a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, or a related social science and at least two years of employment experience in related field

Lived experience of personal recovery from a mental health condition(s). (REQUIRED)

This position requires a thorough understanding of person-centered practice and the process and possibility of robust recovery for people diagnosed with psychiatric conditions.

Strong written and verbal communication skills are required - the incumbent will interface regularly with clinical program staff.

Proficient with Microsoft Office suite of products including Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Strong verbal and presentation skills, able to troubleshoot and problem solve effectively

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in community-based mental health services strongly preferred.

Experience providing training and/or technical assistance in behavioral health or other human service settings strongly preferred

Certification as a peer specialist preferred

To apply: Submit an application with cover letter and resume by April 15, 2019 through our website Only applications submitted through the RFMH website will be accepted.

The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.