Peer Specialist.- In Training
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Waukesha, WI 
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Job Description
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is a private, non-profit, human service agency providing a variety of services throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Over the years, LSS has grown to become one of the largest human service agencies in the two state area serving more than 125,000 clients annually. We are looking for passionate, mission-driven individuals like you to help provide services including outpatient behavioral health management, international, domestic and special needs adoptions, older adult services, support services for children, youth and families, community corrections programs and support services for adults with disabilities and/or mental health concerns.

Motivated by the compassion of Christ, we help people improve the quality of their lives. Does this describe your personal mission statement? Are you motivated to serve by sharing your talents? If you would like to help us achieve our mission, please apply for the following opportunity.


The Peer Specialist-In Training is a source for advocacy, referral, crisis intervention and problem solving for individuals with mental health issues. Support is offered to individuals through the provision of person-centered, trauma informed services that understand the role violence plays or has played in the lives of the members served. This approach provides a safe environment in which re-traumatization is avoided and choice is celebrated. There is a trusting atmosphere that offers choices and collaborates with members to empower them to have input in the recovery process.<br/>Certification(or willingness to become certified) by the State of Wisconsin as a Peer Specialist is required. <br/>Please Note: The Wisconsin Department of Human Services defines a Peer Specialist as "a person who has not only lived the experience of mental illness and/or substance use but also has had formal training in the peer specialist model of mental health supports. They use their unique set of recovery experiences in combination with solid skills training to support peers who have mental illness."<br/><br/>ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:<br/>This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.<br/>Under the direction of a supervisor or Certified Peer Specialist the Peer Specialist-In Training will develop and teach strategies to promote skills in coping with mental illness or substance abuse, to promote recovery principles, and to wellness and independence. <br/>? Observe and influence members' behaviors by listening, communicating, and acting as a role model to help alleviate symptoms of mental illness, and assist individuals to achieve a life of their choosing. This may include offering hope through appropriately sharing personal recovery story.<br/>? Under direction of supervisor or CPS, mentoring and group facilitation on specific areas of mental health.<br/>? Problem solving with members on issues of daily life as well as assisting members to create and accomplish life goals. <br/>? Provide support with maneuvering through the county and city systems in order for members to gain independence and become socially/financially responsible in their own treatment. Work in conjunction with other staff to help members find housing and work opportunities.<br/>QUALIFICATIONS<br/>To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Upon offer, candidates must successfully complete the necessary background, caregiver, medical and any other checks required, according to program requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. <br/>EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: <br/>* Applicants must have knowledge of mental illness gained through education, training, paid work, volunteer work and/or personal experience. <br/>* High School diploma or GED Equivalent <br/>CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:<br/>* Currently enrolled, or eligible to be enrolled, in Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification course<br/>TRAVEL: Ability to travel on day trips as required. Some overnight travel may be required.


  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Ability to Contribute to 403B
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Service Awards and Recognition

LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.



High School Diploma/ GED or better.

Licenses & Certifications


Driver's License

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
1+ years
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