Mental Health Therapist- House of Mercy

GENERAL SUMMARY:

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. Provides mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and personal growth related therapy services to clients. 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 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 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 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.

Coordinates services with community agencies as needed to provide an extended, high quality continuum of care.

Prepares and distributes required reports and other documentation of services according to House of Mercy policies and procedures, applicable laws, regulations and licensing requirements.

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.

Participates in the education and training of residents, students and providers in coordination with supervisor.

Assists with referrals to community resources when appropriate.

Assists the Director in the development of programs and/or curriculum, as directed.

MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

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

Temporary license to provide mental health therapy in the State of Iowa, required.

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.