Trilogy Behavioral Health

  • Peer Navigator

    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
    General Clinical
  • Overview

    Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is partnering with the Illinois Institute of Technology on the Behaviors for Healthy Lifestyle project.  This is a time limited grant/research study federally funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Center related to African Americans experiencing weight-related health concerns who also have a serious mental health illness.  The grant/research study wants to see if weight-related health concerns improve if clients are serviced by peers with similar life experiences and backgrounds of the population of the study.  The grant/research study will examine weight change, health behavior, physical and mental health, recovery, and quality of life. 


    The Peer Navigator/Peer Navigator Supervisor positions are part of this time limited grant/research study looking at African Americans experiencing weight-related health concerns who also have a serious mental illness. 



    Assists African Americans who are experiencing weight-related health concerns and have a serious mental illness with obtaining healthy eating and increased physical activity goals, in group and individual settings.  Utilizes the Behaviors for Healthy Lifestyles manual and workbook material to discuss and engage participants in developing better eating habits and engaging in physical activity.  Accompanies participants in pursuing healthy eating and exercise goals in the community (e.g. signing up for gym membership, shopping for fruits and vegetables). Utilizes and discusses personal experiences regarding his or her struggles with health goals and mental illness. Engages participants by compassionately and collaboratively assessing participant needs and goals, addressing barriers to wellness, providing linkage to services and resources, and developing plans to achieve wellness goals.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Engages with each participant within the community where the participant lives and works; at least 50% of time is spent in the community.
    • Travels with individual participants or groups of participants in the community to engage in healthy activities (e.g. exercising, grocery shopping, cooking skills)
    • Leads group discussions and workbook engagement exercises.
    • Leads group exercise classes.
    • Assists group members in completing a weekly goal setting activity.
    • Collaborates with participants in creating a plan to address the participant’s physical health and wellness goals.
    • Compiles and shares healthy living resources in participant communities.
    • Works with participants through peer support and frequent communication, utilizing relationship building, selective self-disclosure, motivational interviewing, and a strength-based approach.
    • Completes reports as required, including contact logs and case summarizes.
    • Participates in meetings, conferences, and committees as assigned.
    • Communicates regularly with team and supervisor.
    • Maintains a caseload of participants.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

    • Education and/or Experience:
      • High school diploma (Associate’s Degree preferred in a health and human services related field).
      • Experience with and appreciation of the health and human service needs of vulnerable populations.
      • Life experience similar to that of members of the population with which he/she is assigned to work.
      • Experience with recovery from mental illness.
      • Personal experience with weight-related health challenges and with navigating exercise and healthy-living resources in the community.
    •  Skills/Abilities:
      • Ability to engage individuals who are experiencing mental illness and substance use.
      • Ability to work with vulnerable populations in a non-judgmental manner and to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
      • Aware of his/her life experience and its impact on his/her health care participation and physical health goals and is able to share this experience with participants served to help participants meet their own goals.
      • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; basic computer skills.
      • Must be able to multi-task, have initiative, and be self-directed. Ability to endure periods of heavy workload or stress.
      • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and respond appropriately to unexpected situations.
      • Ability to transport self to and from off-site locations.
      • Ability to work with other members of the healthcare team and community to provide quality services.
    • Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      • Frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and commute.
      • Ability to lead low impact, moderate exercise classes, up to three times per week.
    • Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      • Significant amount of time spent in classroom sessions and at off-site locations as a representative of the participating agency
    • Other Requirments:
      • Valid IL Driver’s License
      • Daily access to a well maintained vehicle with 100,000/300,000 liability insurance

    This is a grant-funded position.


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