This time-limited position will provide the apprentice the time to learn and develop the necessary skills to perform as a peer specialist and to earn a certification. After successful completion of a State or VA-approved contract vendor's certification training process, and the necessary year of specialized experience, and time in grade requirements, the position would be eligible for a permanent, peer specialist position. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/04/2023. BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PEER SUPPORT APPRENTICE, GS-0102-5: As a Peer Support Apprentice hired to become a certified Peer Specialist, a Veteran must have spent a minimum of 1 year in recovery from a mental health condition. In all cases, Peer Support Apprentices must actively pursue becoming certified as required to serve as a Peer Specialist by 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13)(B). At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the Peer Support Apprentice with the written requirements for becoming certified, the date by which he or she must become certified, and the consequences for not becoming certified by the deadline. Failure to become certified by the prescribed date will result in removal from this GS-102 occupation and may result in termination of employment. NOTE: You MUST provide copies of your DD-214 and documentation from your mental health provider verifying that you have spent a minimum of 1 year personal recovery from a mental health condition with your application package. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Decision Support Intervention Psychological Assessment Teamwork Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The applicant must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands, exercise patience, and control emotions, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the applicant or others. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["Serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery based services that will aid the veteran in daily living. Assist veterans to articulate personal goals for recovery through the use of one-to-one and group sessions. Assist veterans in identifying their skills, strengths, supports and the resources needed to aid them in achieving those goals. Work with veterans to develop and implement a personal recovery plan. Observes behaviors that might indicate difficulty adapting or responding to treatment ( e.g.. missed assessment appointments, failure to attend or maintain abstinence, risk to self or others, disruptive behavior, completes appropriate documentation, and reports concerns to the treatment or recovery team in a timely manner. Use ongoing individual :and group sessions to teach veterans how to identify and combat negative self-talk and how to identify and overcome fear by providing a forum which allows group members to share their experiences. Utilizes his/her personal recovery experience. Serves as liaison with community-based consumer-run and/or consumer supportive organizations to develop and/or foster veterans' community integration and development of natural supports and self-reliance strategies. Provide support of veterans' vocational choices and assist them in choosing a job that matches their strengths, overcoming job-related anxiety by reviewing job applications, and providing interview tips and practice sessions. Assist veterans in building social skills in the community that will enhance job acquisition and tenure using such techniques as role playing. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Peer Support Apprentice/PD00068A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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