DIVISION: Student Services
POSITION TITLE: Mental Health Therapist
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Student Assistance
Iowa Western is a learning community committed to excellence in meeting educational needs and improving the quality of life through programs, partnerships, and community involvement. Iowa Western is a unique community college because we provide a more traditional college experience through residence life (1,300 students), athletics, and student involvement. The college offers about 84 programs and serves around 6,500 students at the main campus in Council Bluffs, the four centers, and area high schools.
Provides brief crisis assessment, brief interventions, and solution- based counseling for a diverse population of students with the goal of maximizing success in the college setting. Collaborates with college staff and external agencies for the benefit of students in need of mental health services.
Education and Licensure:
Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, or related behavioral health field is required. Current clinical or independent license required (LMHP, LISW, or LMHC). Iowa licensure preferred.
Experience working with adolescents required; experience providing outreach, case management, short-term counseling, and crisis counseling for students on a college campus strongly preferred.
Experience or training in substance abuse issues preferred.
Skills, and Abilities:
-Ability to provide short-term counseling and intervention to a diverse student population.
-Ability to develop and implement programming and resources based on relevant issues facing college students.
-Ability to draw upon knowledge of local community resources and human service agencies for referral purposes.
-Ability to maintain sensitive information and confidentiality with integrity and ethical behavior.
-Ability to empathize with the community college students.
-Ability to relate to the full range of students' aspirations, abilities, and educational backgrounds; demonstrated sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
-Ability to provide counseling within the framework of the college educational setting.
-Ability to work with a variety of staff members, as well as faculty, in one-on-one situations, as well as in a team environment.
-Work effectively and independently on projects.
-Effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing.
-Knowledge of applicable laws, standards and ethics of professional conduct related to independent practice of psychology, counseling, and related topics in healthcare.
-Knowledge of the principles, objectives, philosophies of counseling and student support services in relation to the total college experience.
-Provide brief, short-term counseling and assessment for students individually, in groups, and through screenings, to help students cope with stressors that are affecting their academic, career or personal goals.
-Interact and provide educational services to a diverse student population and college, demonstrating cross-cultural counseling competency.
-Support students' adjustment to college, career related topics and other developmental issues.
-Ensure that crisis intervention services are available to students on an emergency basis.
-Participate and serve on the Student Intervention Team to assess and respond to student welfare and related college safety concerns and issues.
-Consult with faculty, staff, and administrators regarding student mental health issues.
-Initiate and maintain confidential, complete mental health records for clientele as appropriate and submit reports and recommendations as requested.
-Plan and implement student health programs to respond to identified needs, and monitor existing programs for effectiveness, applicability and through ongoing quality improvement and program review. Make presentations to students and faculty related to mental health issues.
-Serve as a resource and primary liaison for the college community on issues of mental health promotion and advocacy, which may include classroom presentations, curriculum and resource material development, committee membership, or staff and faculty presentations.
-Refer students to the Student Care Coordinator who need additional support services or external community mental health services and/or other assistance agencies appropriate for student needs.
-Demonstrate a commitment to professional development by participating in ongoing staff training, meetings, supervision meetings
-Assist with necessary data collection and reports.
-Perform all other duties as required or assigned.
-Ability to pass a background check
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time, ten-month position (August 1 through May 31)
EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Exempt
Iowa Western offers a wide array of competitive benefits, including medical and dental coverage, life insurance, retirement with generous matching, and paid time-off (including numerous holidays).
HOURS: Monday thru Friday: 8:00am 4:30pm
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires prolonged sitting.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is routinely performed in an office environment.
Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination:
It is the policy of Iowa Western Community College to provide equal employment and educational opportunities and not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, genetic information, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, AIDS/HIV status, citizenship, or medical condition, as those terms are defined under applicable laws, in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. Questions or complaints? Contact Title IX and Equity Coordinator, Kim Henry, or ADA Coordinator, Samantha Larson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 712-325-3200, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, (312)-730-1560, OCR.Chicago@ed.gov. More information at https://www.iwcc.edu/about/statement.asp.
IWCC participates in the E-Verify program.