Middle TN Advocate


Tennessee Mental Health Consumers' Association
April 23, 2020
Murfreesboro, TN
Job Type


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.




  • 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.




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