Catholic Health Initiatives Mental Health Therapist II- House of Mercy (Newton) FT in DES MOINES, Iowa
Mental Health Therapist II- House of Mercy (Newton) FT
GENERAL SUMMARY :
the following services to clients including: conducting face-to-face
assessments; establishing diagnoses; making treatment suggestions; ordering
Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) services (when indicated); and,
assisting with referrals to BHIS providers. Responsibilities encompass the
provision of advanced evaluative, preventive, therapeutic, restorative and
personal care services to assist in meeting the complex psychosocial needs of
clients and their families, thus enabling them to better utilize program
services and resources in order to achieve their optimal level of
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS :
- Provides mental health, substance abuse, trauma,
and personal growth related therapy services to clients. Applies advanced
psychosocial theory and methods to individuals as well as families and groups
with appropriate regard for the complexity of given problems.
- Applies concepts of client centered care to
improve client outcomes. Coordinates
internal/external services to provide as complete a continuum of care as
- Provides therapy services
in individual and group sessions.
- 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.
- Provides continuum of
services that includes appropriate mental health supports, etc.
- Completes an initial assessment
through utilization of proven tools including the American Society of Addiction
Medicine Patient Placement Criteria (ASAM). 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. Analysis and evaluation of client situation
consistently reflects advanced competency in psychosocial assessment and
- 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. Specifically monitors client progress in areas of
personal growth, education, prenatal care, parenting, employment, living
skills, etc. Determines need for outside professional evaluations and
independently refers to community practitioners/agencies as needed.
- Provides psychosocial 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, mental health, trauma, and personal growth related
- Provides family and/or
couples therapy services in designated situations.
- Develops treatment plans based upon
assessment and in accordance with program requirements, state regulations, etc.
Communicates pertinent treatment plan information to clinical staff as needed.
Implements plan and monitors patient's progress.
- Conducts regular 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.
- Prepares and distributes required reports and other documentation
of services according to House of Mercy policies and procedures, applicable
laws, regulations and licensing requirements.
- 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.
MARGINAL FUNCTIONS :
- Provides statistical and research information as requested and/or
required by laws, regulations or licensing requirements.
- Participates in public relations and media efforts to promote House
of Mercy; attends community and informational meetings to keep House of Mercy
current and to network with other agencies; attends training on relevant topics
to stay current in meeting requirements of licensing and other regulations, and
to obtain information to better serve clientele.
- Assists the Director in the development of programs and/or
curriculum, as directed.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIESREQUIRED :
Master’s Degree in a human services related discipline, required.
Licensed to provide mental health therapy in the State of Iowa (LMHC, LISW, LMFT,
etc.) and meets the requirements necessary for an LPHA designation.
of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population
served within first 30 days of employment.
- U nderstand medical terminology and communicateeffectively with healthcare professionals.
Job Professional Clinical/Allied Health
Primary Location IOWA-DES MOINES-HOUSE OF MERCY
Daily Schedule Days
Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80
Weekends Required Occasional
Req ID: 2018-R0165518
We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.