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Social Worker II - House of Mercy

Posted on Apr 8, 2019 by Mercy Health

Des Moines, IA 50316
Health Care
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
Position Type: Regular
Scheduled Hours per 2 week Pay Period: 80
Primary Location: IA > DES MOINES > HOUSE OF MERCY


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.


It is the obligation of each employee of Mercy Medical Center to abide by and promote the mission and core values of the Spirit of Mercy.


It is the obligation of each employee of Mercy Medical Center to comply with Mercy's mission, values, standards of conduct, policies, procedures and related practices (e.g. Dress Code, Time and Attendance, and other policies).


Security Access: High "Incumbent has access to restricted or confidential patient information and must comply with the terms of the Mercy Medical Center Security Policies as it applies to their job role."

  • 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.
  • 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, 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. Coordinates services 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.

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

Reference: 689958401

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