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CommonSpirit Health House of Mercy Social Worker II in DES MOINES, Iowa


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S., from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services, CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources, CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen, both inside our hospitals and out in the community.



Provides the services to adults including: conducting face-to-face assessments; establishing diagnoses; making treatment suggestions; ordering behavioral health intervention services (when indicated); and, assisting with referrals to behavioral health intervention services providers (if requested). Provides substance use disorder, co-occurring, trauma, and personal growth related therapy services to assigned clients and their families. Applies advanced psychosocial theory and methods to individuals as well as families and groups with appropriate regard for the complexity of given problems.


  • Establishes rapport and develops a therapeutic relationship with assigned clients. Provides therapy and counseling services in individual and group sessions. Maintains appropriate professional boundaries.

  • Provides crisis intervention and conflict resolution assistance.Demonstrates ability to differentiate between emergency and non-emergency tasks and responds accordingly. Provides immediate supportive counseling and necessary assistance to clients dealing with a crisis or emergency situation. Assists with referrals to community resources when appropriate.Conducts educational groups providing recovery related information and instruction.

  • Assists with referrals to community resources when appropriate.

  • Providespsychosocial counseling/treatment services to restore clients to optimum social and physical well-being (within their capacity).Provides therapy in individual and group sessions for co-occurring, trauma, and personal growth related concerns.

  • Provides family and/or couples therapy services in designated situations.

  • Completes an initial assessment that includes evaluation of the American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria (the ASAM criteria).Obtains bio-psychosocial history information and identifies client needs by interviewing the client, reviewing available records, conferring with other professionals and appropriate House of Mercy staff, and contacting other information sources as necessary and appropriate.

  • Performs a comprehensive assessment (psychosocial history) to analyze and synthesize the client’s status and addresses the client’s strengths, problems, and areas of clinical concern. On an ongoing basis assesses client needs/strengths, behaviors, and progress toward desired outcomes.

  • Determines need for outside professional evaluations (e.g., mental health), and independently refers to community practitioners/agencies as needed.

  • Develops treatment plans based upon assessment and in accordance with program requirements, state regulations, etc.

  • Participates in case review meetings to review and discuss client progress, assure consistent implementation of treatment plan goals/objectives, and promote team involvement in problem solving/resolution.

  • Coordinates services with community agencies, schools, courts, service providers of significant others, and mental health/other health care professionals to provide an extended, high quality continuum of care for House of Mercy adult residents.

  • Consults with House of Mercy staff and client to determine client’s post-discharge needs and plans.Coordinatesservices with community agencies as needed to provide an extended, high quality continuum of care.a broad spectrum of discharge planning services and collaborates with treatment team in implementing appropriate discharge plans and aftercare programming.Provides support/encouragement as needed throughout the process..

  • Responsible for the maintenance of client files. Assures all needed releases of information and other paperwork are present in the file and up-to-date. Promptly requests new or additional information and paperwork as needed.



  • Master’s degree in a human services related discipline, required.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within thirty (30) days of hire.

  • Licensed to provide mental health therapy in the State of Iowa (LMHC, LISW, LMFT, etc.) and meets the requirements necessary for an LPHA designation OR

  • CADC certification within one (1) year of hire.

  • Ability to understand medical terminology and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals.

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CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

External hires must pass a post offer, pre-employment background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with an arrest and/or conviction will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, ban the box laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances .

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (415) 438-5575 and let us know the nature of your request . We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Requisition ID 2020-118661

Employment Type Full Time

Department Treatment Center

Hours Per Pay Period 80

Facility MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

Shift Day

Standard Hours 8a-4:30p

Work Schedule 8 Hour