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




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



  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.

  • Proof

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


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.