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Peer Support Specialist-First Responders - Penn Medicine Princeton Health (Per Diem)

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Job ID: 155660
Category: Clinical Support
Work Type: PT -19 HOURS
Location: Princeton, NJ, United States
Work Schedule: Per Diem - (2) 4 hours shifts per week

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?


  • The Peer Support Specialist assists the program treatment team(s) in providing direct care and support to patients. The individual participates as a member of the treatment team(s) in creating and maintaining a therapeutic milieu and in providing support to patients in our First Responder Treatment Services. The Peer Support specialist actively uses his/her own experience as a first responder as a tool to help patients in this program reach their treatment goals.


  • Participates as a member of the treatment team(s) to provide individual care to first responders. Assists patients in articulating their personal recovery goals. Performs and may record patient care activities such as changes in a patient’s condition, behavior, and unusual incidents consistent with established policies, procedures, and protocols as delegated by his/her supervisor and the patient’s treatment team. Provides individual and/or group support to patients based upon relevant psychological and/or addictions principles. Participates as part of a team in assessing and improving the delivery of care on assigned unit(s). Maintains a safe and therapeutic atmosphere for the milieu by enforcing program rules, regulations and limits. Shares their own first responder experience and what skills, strengths, supports and resources they used. Acts as a liaison to formal and informal community support services, resources and recovery-supporting activities. Acts as a role model, showing patients the value of every individual recovery experience. Facilitates basic, recovery-focused psycho-education group activities.

Education or Equivalent Experience:

A healthcare professional with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (Criminal Justice, Social Science or related field preferred).

Related Work Experience:

Possesses a basic knowledge of chemical dependency and/or behavioral health care. 

Minimum of 10 years' experience as a first responder (e.g., police officer, firefighter, corrections officer, active-duty military or veteran).

    We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

    Live Your Life's Work

    We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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