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Part-time Peer Advocate/Training Facilitator

Community Advocates of Montgomery County, PA, an affiliate of Hopeworx, Inc., is seeking applicants for a new position that will provide mentorship, leadership and training facilitation opportunities. The position requires the facilitation of two advocacy trainings developed exclusively for and by Community Advocates and includes:

The 14-week class called “It’s T.I.M.E.” has been offered to men at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF) once a week for the past seven years. The class has also been conducted in the community at behavioral health centers. The class title stands for “Think, Identify, Make changes and Enter a new life” and is led by a peer with experience in mental health and criminal justice issues. Participants in the class are encouraged to educate themselves about criminogenic needs or risk factors for incarceration, identify ways to change thinking habits and make plans for reentry so they can succeed when returning to the community. Understanding mental health, addiction and trauma are key outcomes for the class participants.

The Community Advocates Self-Advocacy Curriculum has been offered to peers, family members and provider staff for more than 10 years at various locations throughout the county. More than 1,200 individuals have completed the training which is held 4 times a year.

Organization: Community Advocates of Montgomery County
Supervisor: Kathie Mitchell, Director
Work hours: 15 hours a week, flexible hours
Wage: $14 an hour

Duties and Responsibilities:


Minimum of a high school diploma or GED, plus work experience in and knowledge of the mental health system. Completion of Montgomery County’s Certified Peer Specialist Program is required. Completion of the state’s Forensic Peer Support Training strongly recommended. Individuals with personal experience are encouraged to apply.


Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are required. Ability to problem solve and work with others. Good organizational skills and computer skills. Experience facilitating support groups, workshops or classes.

Characteristics for effective advocacy:

Send resume and letter of interest to Kathie Mitchell at kmitchell@hopeworxinc.org. Interviews will be conducted beginning August 1, 2017.