NAMI Metro-Suburban is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental illness. We are a grassroots family and consumer self-help support, education, and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness, their families and friends within the communities of west suburban Cook County, Illinois.
The Recovery Support Specialist utilizes their own lived experience to provide support, promote recovery, and battle stigma. This is a nonexempt employee of NAMI Metro-Suburban.
This position rotates shifts, days, and hours. A Certified Recovery Support Specialist will have shifts at any of the following locations- La Grange and Broadview Living Room, Drop in Center, and partnered hospitals.
Enhance Individual Recovery and Resiliency:
Assists participants in identifying strengths, recovery and wellness goals, and barriers; and determining recovery and wellness interventions based on his or her life goals.
Recognizes and reports progress participants make toward meeting objectives.
Utilizes specific interventions necessary to support participants in meeting their recovery and wellness goals.
Utilize Specific Training to Develop Skills and Curriculum:
Leads and teaches participants to facilitate Recovery Dialogues.
Supports participants in creating a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) or NAMI’s Peer- to-Peer
Assists participants going through crisis by developing an appropriate plan of action that will ensure the safety and comfort of those involved.
Utilizes and teaches techniques for problem solving, identifying and combating negative self-talk, identifying and overcoming fears in both one-on-one and group settings.
Promotes participants’ use of self-directed recovery tools.
Supports participants in building social skills in the community that will enhance job acquisition and tenure.
Works with NAMI Metro-Suburban staff in identifying program environments that are conducive to recovery.
Apply Unique Recovery Experience:
Shares personal story of recovery with individuals
Models effective coping techniques, self-help strategies, and self care.
Inform Participants of Community Information Related to Recovery:
Provides and advocates for effective recovery based services.
Continues to develop and share recovery-oriented material with other CRSS’s
Attends relevant seminars, meetings, and in-service training whenever possible and apply this information to current CRSS techniques.
Informs participants about community and natural supports and how to utilize these in the recovery process.
Supports participants in developing empowerment skill through self-advocacy to combat stigma.
Education and Eligibility
Obtained or working towards Certified Recovery Support Specialist license valid in Illinois
A Bachelor’s degree in allied health profession is preferred but not required
Training in the Illinois Certified Recovery Support Professional Performance Domains: Advocacy, Professional Responsibility, Mentoring, and Recovery Support
A work history in mental health service delivery is desirable.
Experience working with adults preferred
Acts within ethical standards and demonstrates healthy boundaries
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
Intermediate level of skills in use of Microsoft office components of Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Demonstrated skills in areas of customer service and team leadership.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
About nami metro suburban
NAMI METRO SUBURBAN IS AN AFFILIATE OF THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS, THE LARGEST GRASSROOTS PROVIDER OF EDUCATION, SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES THAT ARE AFFECTED BY MENTAL ILLNESS. LOCATED IN OAK PARK, IL. WE HAVE BEEN PROVING HOPE AND RECOVERY FOR OVER 25 YEARS TO RESIDENTS IN OAK PARK, BERWYN, RIVER FOREST, PROVISO AND LYONS TOWNSHIPS