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Any of you, in the USA use a Peer Counselor?

in WA state, we have Certified Peer Counselor’s. I went to the training and got certified. It only pay’s $17 to $18 an hour to start. I am considering applying for some jobs. My big fear is dealing with dangerous or mean people. Depending on the job, you have to go to their house and/or drive them around. I wish it was just meeting people in the office. That would be a lot easier.

Any of you use a Peer Counselor? or work as one?

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Yes I occasionally see a Peer Councilor for alcohol abuse. We have two of them.

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I work as a certified peer specialist. I’ve been doing it for about a year and a half. I do exactly that. I meet people at their houses and drive them around places. I love the job. Extremely fulfilling for me

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I have a Peer. She’s nice. But since we can only do phone calls because of covid it’s not like it used to be. Here, they start at $9.67 to $12 per hour

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they’re not always great.

I qualified for a peer counselor to come to my house,

and she told me Venlafaxine (Effecxor) was one of the worst pills to take.

I think I reported her, and she never came back again.

but I’m certified in Peer to Peer thru NAMI. hope it shows in my comments on here.

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That’s good to know:)

Where are you located? WA State tends to pay a little more than the rest of the country. Minimum wage is Seattle is over $15 an hour. It needs to be $30 an hour but it’s better than a lot of places.

All the Peer Specialist jobs on Indeed, the company has a 3.5 or worse rating. Dept. of vocational rehab is willing to help me pay for more schooling. I am looking at Massage school or x-ray technician. X-ray techs in WA start at $30 an hour but it takes 3 years. Decisions, decisions. Plus, I am 52 and starting over.

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I make $20.25/hr at my agency

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That’s awesome! Decent, livable wage.

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Yeah, my ACT team refers to itself as a “peer driven system”. Many of the Peer support people are dual diagnosis. Used to work well, but with COVID, not so much. I just see one at my apt every other week. But I’m happy to even have that.

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I’m not happy with peer support “specialists”. The last two and only two that I’ve had talk about themselves and only themselves, nonstop for the whole hour that they visit every couple of weeks.

Because of that, it is quite obvious that they are not college educated and have only very minimal training in counseling and therapeutic communication.

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I’m in Michigan where they pay as little as possible

Unfortunately this is a common thing. I don’t have a college education but I have 2 state certifications as well as countless trainings that I have taken and continue to take so I am better able to support the people I work with. I’m sorry you had bad experiences but not all peer specialists are like that

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