PSS Application – General Instructions
All sections must be completed for the application to be accepted.
All questions and information must be provided to be considered for this PSS role. When answering the questions please use full sentences and your own thoughts, detailed content, understanding, and good writing skills. Please consider the following when answering these questions:
The information you provide in this application will be shared with designated contractors for the purpose of improving and implementing effective training for the Peer Community in the State of Alaska.
Complete the Application by Yourself: You may not have anyone help you fill out the application or edit your writing. No person, including a job coach, counselor, or case manager may aid you in this process. If you need a specific reasonable accommodation for a verified disability, or have questions about assistance, please contact the Peer Support Program Manager team and will make appropriate arrangements with you.
1. Email Release: Unless otherwise indicated, upon certification your name will be included in local email distribution lists to communicate current job opportunities and other information specific to peer support. If you do not want your email address to be on these lists, there is a box on the last page to choose to opt out of the distribution lists.
2. Required Education: Capability to read, write, communicate, and document the services provided effectively to your fellow consumers.
3. Primary Language: Please list all languages you speak, read, and/or write fluently, beyond English
4. Race: Like in all opportunities to provide services, Race is a voluntary disclosure and used for the sole purpose of understanding future needs.
5. Current Situations: Like any other opportunity, verifiable work and volunteer experience are important, but also remember the value of your lived experiences when sharing in this application.
6. Future Goals/Interests in PSS Work: Peer Work is largely funded through Medicaid at this point, so individuals wanting to train to go in the field and work will be a higher consideration than someone wanting to train for a personal interest. For what it takes to be a successful PSS, please place strong considerations around how it will impact you and your future should you take on this professional journey.
7. Recovery: No one but you can say whether or not you are in recovery. This is something you must consider carefully. The PC-PSS role requires being able to help others and work consistently, in addition to a strong understanding of recovery concepts. Make sure to include skills and attitudes learned that help maintain your recovery. This area reflects recovery strengths and one’s current success in recovery.
8. Leadership: While it takes many forms, PSS work requires it. Formal leadership experience includes participating on local committees, boards, or organizations. Other opportunities include facilitating groups or teaching classes. If you recognize participating in groups or classes as a source that’s helped develop your leadership skills, write about that. Share whatever you believe to have helped you achieve those skills.
9. Skills in Sharing Your Story of Recovery & Wellness: This answer should describe how comfortable you are in sharing your story, what kind of experience you have doing so, and how long you have been sharing your story. If you are just learning to be comfortable with disclosing, write about that. Don’t share the details of your story in this application. This means not sharing specific hospitalizations, medications, or therapy. Applicants who are comfortable talking about their lived experience with behavioral health and incarceration, in addition to more experience doing so will be stronger candidates.
Initial Below that you understand these policies set forth regarding expectations as applied to the contents in this application as it applies to the Training to become a Provisional Certified Peer Support Specialist.