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Mental Health Counselor

·        Residential Treatment / PMIC

·        Ames, IA, USA

·        Salary

·        Full Time

Comprehensive benefits package

"Society may have given up on these kids, and that's where we need to come in. We need to help, and that's what I'm here for." AJ, a Youth Associate at Beloit

"I want to make a positive impact in our kids' lives. That's why I like being here. I'm able to make a difference." Katy, a Youth Specialist at Beloit

If you have a passion for empowering some of Iowa's most vulnerable kids, Lutheran Services in Iowa is looking for you. LSI's (Beloit) Residential Treatment Center in (Ames) is looking for a full-time Mental Health Counselor. Many of the children we serve have experienced trauma or adverse experiences. It's our job and our privilege to empower them toward success.


The Mental Health Counselor is responsible for:

-Providing professional, quality counseling, psychosocial assessment and case management  services for our children on campus and their families            

 - Authoring case records and progress notes

- Providing services with the understanding that some may occur outside of normal business hours

- Maintain age-appropriate behavioral management and treatment planning through consultations with program supervisors, specialists, associates, and other residential staff            

 Salary and Benefits

On top of being a family of caring teammates, LSI also offers a competitive salary and benefit package, including a 401(k), paid time off, and health, dental, life, and vision insurance.


Applicants must have a Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, Family Therapy, Psychology, or a related human services field from an accredited school.

 This position requires a valid driver's license, auto insurance, a good driving record, and the ability to pass an extensive background check, including checks of the Dependent Adult and Child Abuse registries, the Sex Offender registry, and the criminal history check.

 Are you ready for the most challenging and rewarding adventure of your life? Join our LSI team today!



TO APPLY: Visit our job posting and apply directly thru our website: or  











TITLE:  Mental Health Therapist


REPORTS TO:  Clinical Services Director


CLASSIFICATION:  Full time, Production Based Pay


GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The Mental Health Therapist position provides assessment and therapy services to children, teens and/or families on an outpatient basis. Counseling services may include: outpatient mental health therapy through private insurance, Medicaid, or private pay; substance abuse services (with appropriate licensure); and short term counseling. This position may also provide therapy services and assessments to youth while they are residing in shelter.



*Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology or related field

*Licensed in the state of Iowa

*Clinical/counseling experience working with children and/or families

*CADC and/or appropriate licensure to provide substance abuse services, optional

*Demonstrated ability to develop positive and collaborative relationships with clients,

  families, colleagues and others in the human services field

*Ability to work flexible hours

*Excellent written and oral communication skills



*Provide evidence-based therapy services to youth and/or families on an outpatient basis

*Conduct intake, LPHA, mental health, and substance abuse assessments (as appropriate

  per licensure/credentials) and make appropriate referrals

*Conduct individual and/or group counseling services for youth within the shelter if


*Maintain complete and up-to-date files for all clients

*Attend team meetings, clinical consultations, supervision, and other appropriate

  meetings as assigned

*Meet billable expectations

*Clinical on call as assigned

*All other duties as assigned



*The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

*The work environment requires an ability to sit or stand for extended periods. Work involves walking and running, talking and hearing to exchange information, and using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

*The work environment requires the employee be capable of pushing, pulling or lifting and/or carrying up to 25 pounds.

*The work requires an ability to perform techniques of Safe Crisis Management as needed and appropriate

*Noise level in work environment is generally low to moderate.


Additional Information: 


Sara Swansen, Ph.D.




** Youth Emergency Services & Shelter reserves the right to modify, interpret or apply this job description as needed to meet the needs of the agency, to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied or otherwise. The employment relationship remains at-will. These job requirements are subject to change to reasonable accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.















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