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UnityPoint Health Mental Health Therapist-Child Abuse Center in Des Moines, Iowa

Under limited supervision, provides counseling services for child victims of physical and sexual abuse and severe neglect, and their families. Duties include child victim assessment, short-term counseling utilizing evidence-based practices, and stabilization of child victim and family. Responsible for active participation on multidisciplinary teams, high quality written and verbal reporting, and expert witness testimony for judicial system

  • Completes initial psychosocial assessments and provides direct services to victims of abuse (children, adolescents, and their non-offending caregivers) based on referral and complexity of need, including but not limited to: crisis counseling and family stabilization; assessment and evaluation of counseling needs, short-term counseling utilizing evidence-based practices, coordination of services, participation in any judicial proceeding as may be required, referrals to other services and resources as deemed necessary, parent education.

  • Evaluates social and family dynamics, counsels and engages the patient/support system in developing interventions and/or treatment plan

  • Provides assistance and advocacy, and follow-up in obtaining financial resources and government entitlements: i.e. food assistance, FIP, Medicaid, etc

  • Provides referral and/or coordination of resources and services

  • Participates in crisis intervention for timely stabilization of the environment, either patient/family or staff, to facilitate coping



  • Masters Degree from an accredited school in either Mental Health Counseling or Social Work.

  • Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.

  • Must be able to communicate effectively (written and orally) with people of diverse professional, educational and lifestyle backgrounds.


  • Minimum of two years clinical experience working with children and adolescents.

  • Minimum of two years experience working with multidisciplinary teams.

  • Experience with child welfare/child abuse prevention preferred.


License from the State of Iowa (LISW or LMHC).

Requisition ID: 2021-85691

Street: 1215 Pleasant St

Name: 3020 UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Posting Minimum: USD $24.79/Hr.

Name: Child Abuse Center- Meth

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: M-F; 8:00-4:30

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