POSITION: Regional Advocate
DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Education and Advocacy Manager
SUMMARY: The Advocate represents TMHCA in a specific region. Key responsibilities include providing consumers with peer support, information, training, and educational activities directed at building self-advocacy skills promoting rehabilitation and recovery. The Advocate must be able to work effectively with stakeholder groups and the general public and must work effectively in a team environment. Advocates provide technical assistance to BRIDGES teachers and facilitators.
EDUCATION: High school diploma or equivalent with a minimum of one year of experience working in the mental health field. Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field; Peer Recovery Specialist; and certified as a WRAP Facilitator or Advanced WRAP Facilitator preferred.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Office setting, with local, state and national travel required.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE:
- Must be a mental health consumer
- A mental health consumer is someone who has received treatment for a psychiatric illness as diagnosed by the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV or current revision).
- Must be a self-starter, able to work independently with little direct supervision.
- Ability to work effectively and respectfully with mental health consumers.
- Good telephone manners, writing and computer skills (Windows based, word processing, spreadsheet, databases, etc.)
- Excellent problem-solving skills.
- Extensive knowledge and experience in the mental health advocacy.
- Excellent oral, written and public presentation skills.
- Understanding of Mental Health issues, trends, concerns, and activities.
- Ability to reach out and work with diverse groups, individuals, ideas and opinions.
- Vision, zeal, decisiveness and flexibility in dealing with changing conditions.
- Demonstrated self-confidence and sound judgment sufficient to handle challenges.
- Must have skills and be proficient with the techniques, concepts and
principals to maintain stability.
- Be able to work with regional consumer-operated services.
- Have strong communication skills to reinforce TMHCA’s position on issues at hand.
- Provide technical assistance to BRIDGES teachers and facilitators.
- Be involved in advocacy activities directed at systems change.
- Participate in bi-monthly supervision.
- Be involved in advocacy activities directed at system change.
- Work with groups and ad hoc committees on mental health issues.
- Engage in educational outreach to stakeholder groups.
- Engage in educational outreach to the general public.
- Attend Regional and State Mental Health Planning Councils.
- Attend other groups and committees as required by supervisor.
- Keep informed of trends, issues, events and developments within the mental health field.
- Work to improve and enhance the services offered by TMHCA.
- Identify community resources.
- Identify ongoing program educational/psychosocial needs.
- Complete paperwork as required by agency.
- Complete program development duties assigned by agency.
- Visit at least one consumer-driven program or service weekly to provide support/education.
- Organize membership meeting yearly for assigned region.
- Participate in planning and organizing yearly advocacy conference.
- Complete all trainings assigned through Essential Learning in a timely manner.
- Complete five hours face-to-face trainings yearly.
- Other duties as by assigned by TMHCA management.