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Primary Health Care Behavioral Health Therapist - Marshalltown Clinic - Part Time in Marshalltown, Iowa

Are you looking for an opportunity to do amazing work helping others? You've come to the right place. Let's make a difference!

Primary Health Care (PHC) was founded in 1981 by Dr. Bery Engebretsen in Des Moines, IA. Our mission has remained unchanged since that time, to provide healthcare and supportive services to all, regardless of insurance, immigration status, or ability to pay.

Based on the needs of the communities we serve, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, behavioral health, HIV care and services, and pharmacy. PHC’s Homeless Support Services is the entry point for serving people experiencing homelessness in Polk County. Enabling services are available to help patients with benefits enrollment, case management, transportation, translation, and patient education. We currently have locations in Ames, Des Moines, & Marshalltown.

As a Behavioral Health Therapist, you will provide therapy to improve the overall health of patients; including individuals involved in PHC programs, clinical care and individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. You will work in cooperation with other health care providers, clinic staff, community partners, and PHC support staff to address mental health and behavioral health needs of our patient population and may provide services off site if needed. Your responsibilities will include providing brief and ongoing therapy, assessment and behavioral interventions while following compliance procedures with Primary Health Care, Inc. and regulatory standards, policies and procedures.

Are You the Ideal Candidate for this Position?

  • Are you looking for a part-time therapy position, working about 28 clinical hours per week?

  • Do you have a strong desire to serve patients from marginalized communities and to be an advocate for equity in healthcare?

  • Do you have Spanish language skills?

  • Do you have experience as a therapist?

    If yes to these questions, this may be a good fit for you. In this role you'll enjoy:

  • Spending 80% of your time doing traditional therapy and approximately 20% of your time working along side our medical providers in the primary care setting .

  • Working with diverse populations, serving patients in their native/preferred language, and others who come from different cultures.

  • Utilizing up to 5 days per year of paid time for continuing education & up to $1500 per year for continuing education reimbursement.

  • Work-life balance. Work with our Behavioral Health Director to establish a work schedule that works for you and the clinic. Occasional evenings or Saturday may be needed.

  • Earning 5 weeks of PTO (at your part-time schedule) over your first year of employment plus up to 8 paid holidays.

    What You Will Do

  • Collaborates with PHC staff and community partners, ensuring delivery of comprehensive behavioral health services to PHC patients and clients that targets interventions to improve patient functioning and behavior. Works cooperatively with clinic staff to provide patients with referrals for appropriate specialty services as needed.

  • Provides assessment and diagnostic impressions. Conducts individual and group counseling, primarily through visits to PHC clinics, area shelter(s), and other sites as appropriate. Develops and updates treatment plans as appropriate.

  • Identifies and evaluates health risk behavior and provides focused interventions for mental, behavioral, and substance use problems in accordance with the preferred care model at PHC sites. Provides access to patients by engaging in flow of clinic/setting and seeking referrals. Advocates for primary care behavioral health.

  • Maintains current and accurate documentation of services provided in accordance with standards set by PHC and grant requirements.

  • Provides clinical consultation and educational programs on behavioral health related topics to staff, students, consumers, and other agencies as requested.

  • Participates in clinic and performance improvement meetings as well as in-service training opportunities.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications You Need to Bring


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy, Clinical Mental Health Counseling or related clinical field

  • Experience and working knowledge of third-party payers and associated regulations.

  • Basic computer skills with proficiency using Microsoft applications and ability to learn computer applications.

  • Excellent collaboration and team-oriented skills.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Good listening skills.

  • Strong problem-solving skills with analytical and critical thinking capability

  • Strong customer service skills.

  • Organization, prioritization and time management skills.

  • Detail orientation with high degree of accuracy.

  • Flexible and adaptive with ability to manage stress and maintain resilience.

  • Strong professional skills with ability to interact with others calmly and empathically along with de-escalating difficult situations.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work with diverse populations.

  • Licenses/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Social Worker (LISW, LMSW), Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT) from the State of Iowa; *current Mandatory Reporter Training: Child and Dependent Adult Abuse recognized by the State of Iowa; *current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers Certification recognized by the American Heart Association. *Must be obtained during introductory period if not current.


  • Community Health Center experience.

  • Previous clinical experience.

  • Experience working with indigent populations.

  • Experience working with clients who need assistance relating to domestic violence, mental health, chemical dependency, homelessness, or crisis intervention.

  • Bilingual, verbal and written language proficiency; English/Spanish.

  • Licenses/Certifications: CADC, IADC, tCADC

    We Take Care of Our People

    Your experience and skills determine your base pay. The hiring range for this position is typically $51,200 - $64,000, though highly experienced candidates may earn up to $76,800 per year. PHC also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Generous PTO accrual (equal to 5 weeks at end of 1st year) plus paid holidays

  • License/certification fee reimbursement

  • Paid time off for continuing education & continuing education reimbursement

  • Tuition reimbursement program

  • 401k with company match

  • Medical insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Life & disability insurance

  • Flexible spending & health savings accounts

  • Supplemental accident & critical illness insurance

  • Discounts on pet insurance

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