Mental Health Therapist II- House of Mercy


  • Location: Des Moines, IA
  • Posted: Jul 30, 2019

Job Description


Provides 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 change/well-being.

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 possible.
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 diagnosis.
Performs a comprehensive assessment (psychosocial history) to analyze and synthesize the clients status and addresses the clients 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 concerns.
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.

Position Type: Regular
Scheduled Hours per 2 week Pay Period: 80
Primary Location: IA > DES MOINES > HOUSE OF MERCY
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

Masters 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.

Understand medical terminology and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals.

Additional Information
Requisition ID: 2019-R0240780
Schedule: Full-time
Market: Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center Des Moines

1111 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50314

Phone: (515) 247-3100

Web: http://www.mercydesmoines.org

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