Behavioral Health Therapist - Family Counseling Center

Confidential Company  •  Cedar Rapids, IA

Less than 5 years experience  •  Patient Care

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/09/17
Confidential Company
Cedar Rapids, IA
Less than 5 years experience
Patient Care
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/09/17


The Family Therapist is an important part of high quality behavioral health services provided to both inpatients and outpatients of UnityPoint Health. Services will be provided at St Luke’s Hospital, Counseling Center, UnityPoint Clinic locations, and/or in the broad variety of group treatment programs offered by the Behavioral Health Services Division. Foremost among these responsibilities are the delivery of competent and professional services that are in accordance with the overall institutional goals and objectives, regulatory standards and requirements and their own professional ethical standards. St. Luke’s C.A.R.E. delivery model (Continuity, Accountability, Relationship-based, Evidence-based) reflects a commitment to compassionate, competent care delivered by the interdisciplinary team. Care is provided through a therapeutic relationship with the patient and family. A spirit of inquiry is encouraged and supported. Evidence-driven protocols are utilized to assure reliable and consistent care. The patients to be served include pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric.


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the position (not a task list). Do not include if less than 5% of work time is spent on this duty. Be specific without giving explicit instructions on how to perform the task. Do not include duties that are to be performed in the future. Duties should be action oriented and avoid vague or general statements.

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Clinical Excellence/Patient Care

·         Assesses the needs of patients and families, providing appropriate teaching and making the necessary referrals to provide continuity of care.

·         Develops an individual plan of care using a collaborative approach with the patient/family and health care team.

·         Delivers high quality individual, family, couples, and or group psychotherapy while demonstrating knowledge and clinical skills of the specialty required in accordance with established policies, procedures and standards of care.

·         Utilizes holistic approach (considering biopsychosocial, spiritual, educational, safety, and related criteria) appropriate to the age of the patients and families served in the assigned service area.

·         Utilizes critical thinking in making independent judgments, and maintains responsibility and accountability for the knowledge of conditions of assigned patients.

·         Prepares meaningful, concise and timely clinical reports/documentation.



Development & Patient Education

·         Continues professional development and involvement in professional activities that enhance clinical practice by sharing knowledge through networking and research.

·         Assess and chooses teaching strategies and therapy modalities appropriate to the patient’s and their families’ age specific needs, culture, gender, readiness to learn and level of comprehension.

·         Consults appropriate resources within Behavioral Health Division to provide specialized education.

·         Demonstrates knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.



Basic UPH Performance Criteria          

·         Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·         Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·         Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·         Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA, JACHO, Chapter 24, and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·         Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·         Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.   Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.   Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.



Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

·         Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.

·         Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.

·         Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Own The Moment:


·         Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect

·         Enthusiastically engage in our work.

·         Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.

·         Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.

Champion Excellence:

·         Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

·         Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

·         Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

·         Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

·         Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

·         Have the courage to challenge the status quo.

 Keywords:  Therapist, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Human Services, Social Work, Mental Health, Social Services




Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.





Graduate in an accredited Masters or above program in a Social Science or related field (MA, MS, MSW, PhD, PsyD). May also possess a Master’s in Nursing (ARNP).







Prefer three (3) years of clinical experience or demonstrated clinical efficiency.






Must possess an independent level license in good standing as a psychotherapist in the state of Iowa, or be imminently able to meet this requirement.  Substitution of experience or alternative certification may be approved.


Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.


Must possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification or obtain certification within three (3) months from date of hire.


Must obtain and maintain current certification in the violence management system used by the Behavioral Health Division.


Certification in evidence based modalities of psychotherapy.



Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.

Multicultural sensitivity.

Microsoft Office – basic computer skills.

Customer/patient focused.

Critical thinking skills using independent judgment in making decisions.



Requisition ID 2017-37272

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